Tag Archives: BaituLlah

…Makkan photo essay…

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…the scale of the outer is boggling…eye openly boggling…Alhumdulillah the scale of the inner is ethereal…heart openly ethereal…

…SubhanAllah…the 1435 Hajj season is blessedly here…Insha’Allah more to follow but there are Hujjaj to meet and greet…may Allah Ta’ala keep them all safe and focused on this profound spiritual journey they are embarked on…despite the unrelenting heat…Ameen…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…moving…

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…Allah Ta’ala created the sun to be in a state of movement…water keeps moving… if it stops…it stagnates…even before birth we moved in the womb of our mother…movement…the tiniest atom cannot stop moving…if the sun stops…it marks the end of the universe…this is the rule of Allah Ta’ala…the universe and its contents are in constant movement… stillness means destruction…

…what is not moving?…whether from storm to calm…darkness to light…or light to darkness…

Allah is the Protector of those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into light. But those who disbelieve have false gods as protectors. They take them from the light to the darkness. (2:257)

…as Muslims, we cannot afford to disobey the law of Allah Ta’ala… we have to keep moving…

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…confusion to clarity…decision to indecision…stillness to friction…from grand to small…inertia to action…birth to death…death to birth…incoherence to articulation…sadness to elation…silence to noise…arrogance to humility…loss to gain…desert to forest…wealth to poverty…solitude to company…misery to ecstasy…wellness to illness…illness to wellness…or the opposites to any of these dynamics…

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…each move we make brings Noor…the Noor of ilm, the Noor of dhikr…the Noor of Ibadah

Their light will stream out ahead of them and on their right. They will say, ‘Our Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us! You have power over all things.  (66:8)

…this Noor on the Day of Judgement is what we have accumulated in this Dunya.

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…Allah Ta’ala is the most merciful for the humble…seeking Noor in this Dunya moves one to be humble… seeking Noor requires moving…not any movement…but moving with the correct intention and proper motivation to attain His pleasure… then all actions will bring Noor to hearts…this Noor on the Day of Judgement will then be the means to cross the Sirat…Insha’Allah…

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…all is moving from one state to another…sliding along a multitude of  variables and all is Alhumdulillah…but permanently being stuck is a stasis we need to work at to avoid…move…move…

…yes…Allah the Almighty has written for all of us where and what we may move from and to…from this to that or from that to this…His world is not lineal…even though we may feel we are transiting from one side of the spectrum to the other…His Mercy is unlimited and waiting to be showered where He decides…we are required to keep moving closer and closer towards Him…

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…the most sought after Noor is the Noor of Hidayah…we ask for it multiple times in a day… it is the most precious and most valuable movement our being can make…Allah Ta’ala taught us how to ask for this Noor of Hidayah in the Opening… acquiring this precious Noor demands a life of moving…

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…constant movement…all within creation in some form of motion…

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…the historic Ottoman arches moving to make way for the new…

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…labourers in a cage hoisted up as the new minaret moves skyward…

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…with the old Masjid interiors moving to become rubble…

…when Allah Ta’ala inspires your tongue to move and ask…know that He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala wants to give…

…if you are satisfied with all the ‘moving’ Allah Ta’ala has blessed you with, then Insha’Allah He will be satisfied with you…ask…am I happy with what He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala has decreed for me…work on what we DO have rather than what we do not have…if we are content with ourselves then we are content with what Allah Ta’ala has given or not given…all is moving…as He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala has Planned…Alhumdulillah…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…photos from last Umrah…see previous post…unable to share earlier as this speck was moving from wellness to illness and now illness to wellness Insha’Allah…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…Makkan metamorphosis…three…

…a neat row of newly installed fans on the ponderous buttresses of the royal complex…established on what would have been the foothills of the first mountain Allah Ta’ala created, Abu Qubais (along with other significant facts related to Abu Qubais and photos from 2009, and going back further to 2007)

…this area coincides with the outskirts of where the Banu Hashim tribe were…how Mubarak…the vicinity of the first mountain and the birth of the last and final Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

…while the entire area surrounding Masjid al-Haram was where Allah Ta’ala chose for so many great ‘firsts’ to happen…Ibrahim Alaihis Salam’s journeying there with his wife Hagar and son Ismail Alaihumaas Salam and their special place in our history and rituals…and all that intervened before so many were chosen to receive the first blessings of Hidayah on this hallowed soil…SubhanAllah!

…now the gaze is dominated by sophisticated machinery digging…moving the bedrock where Islam dawned and eventually flourished…

…where stones were once carried to construct the first BaituLlah…

…to the current times where huge edifices sprout skyward…perched on the very pegs that were made to hold the mountains…increasing the accommodation for the millions being called to Allah Ta’ala’s House…

…the changes seem never ending…

…and will probably never reach any point of completion…

…constant adding and subtracting…pulling down and building up…bigger…higher….grander…

…from the frugal to the opulent…

…from the humble to the extravagant…

…from simplicity to complex…

…dare it be said…from the spiritual to the materialistic…from necessity to indulgence…

…from the modest, unpretentious to competitive haughty boastfulness…

…Insha’Allah we are able to maintain our focus on all that gains Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure and favours as this metamorphosis unfolds…and to steer our hearts firmly onto the noble Sunnah of our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and be constantly in awe of the sacrifices his illustrious Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum made for the Deen…reminding ourselves that they held Deen in their hearts and Dunya in their hands…

…and if what we are witnessing are signs leading us closer and closer to the End of Times may our diligence with our preparations be increased and Du’a for success in Both Worlds be incessant…

…may we be assiduously nurturing our love for our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, especially during these final days of the Mubarak month of his birth…bringing to mind this poignant conversation:

A Bedouin asked the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam about the Hour. He said, “It will surely come to pass. What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have not prepared much in the way of prayer and good works, but I love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with those you love.” The Muslims had never rejoiced as much they did when they heard this. (Sahih al-Bukhari)

…as all these changes are manifested around our sacred places may our sights be on this very same love the Bedouin expressed and our ultimate destination is with those we love, Ameen…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.