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…memorable morning…

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…SubhanAllah…all mornings are memorable in this Radiant City…every moment is memorable wherever we may be and whatever we may be blessed with…if only the heart and soul could embrace the Mubarak seconds of every breath…Insha’Allah we all work towards this realization…

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…just after Fajr…

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…scenes are a blurry river of humanity…

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…as the Lord of Daybreak shares His majesty of colour and splendour…

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…and the faithful slowly make their way back to hotels…perchance to sleep…to nourish the body after nourishing the soul…

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…each passing moment washed in a watercolour of a different hue…Insha’Allah every footstep gaining more intimacy with our Rabb and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…every heartbeat pulsing with Mercy…

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…and every gaze sending an electrical conduit to the heart…setting in motion the glorification and salutation of the best of creation…the chosen…he who guides right…he who is well guided…the oft praised…SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

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…thousands of hearts gathered with the same intention…turning…seeking…imploring…hoping…adoring…

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…the Light…manifest…in the Hallowed City of Light and Enlightenment…SubhanAllah…movement…a city that is never still…amazing to sit observing…every nationality…all ages…all shapes and sizes…a blurry river of humanity bathed in the most precious light of this Chosen City of the Beloved Chosen SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

…sitting here waiting for a group of sisters and children eager to spend the morning in a walking Ziyarah all the way around Haram…and this is what made this morning a particularly memorable one…

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…beginning with a lavish breakfast in the delightful Saqeefa…birds singing praises…dappled light enhancing smiles and sisterhood…

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…SubhanAllah…the rizq was abundantly spread…

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…the heady scent of Raihan adding to the intoxication…the sharing…the Ikram…the gratitude…

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…the camera was inactive until we reached the north eastern corner…here is Masjid Bukhari on the left and a partially toppled hotel that was behind the Green Palace…

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…incredible how for some days it is precariously leaning or stubbornly refusing to succumb to fate…

…today was world water day…time was spent refilling several jerry cans with water for emergency supplies as we have regularly been without water for three days in a row…unfortunately the ‘authorities’ decide to cut the flow over the weekend…so Juma’ah is without water…there is a crisis here…some say one of the desalination plants is under maintenance or has issues…whatever…the situation makes one so appreciative of how easy life is with access to water from a tap…when it is not there thoughts always go back to trying to imagine…and truly appreciate, how life must have been at the time of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…SubhanAllah…ponder on this for a few moments…the prevalence of water tankers even around the CBD these days is even more so…but sadly for the residents the chance of getting one can be a five to six hour wait at the official distribution centre…or if one is willing to pay more then the black market is a thriving business…which leaves one wondering if tankers can access water then why is it cut off from the government supply pipes?? …indeed hardships open the doors of mercy…they sure have been flung wide open of late Alhumdulillah!…

…memorable…morning…moments…life…

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.

…the only constant is change…

…mubarak dust is stirred once again with the work in progress for the new Masjid expansion project…the changes have been constant for decades…plastic sheeting has been attached to fences in an effort to reduce the dust from affecting the courtyard area where hundreds offer their Salat…it is very crowded, SubhanAllah!…the eastern Baqi side of Haram is where the action is at the moment…Allahu ‘Alum plans to begin on the western side are meant to be implemented in the next week or so…this will be a sad time as the lush garden of Saqeefa will be consumed…scroll for photos here

…apparently compensation issues are still being negotiated with property owners, with the major demolition of the northern section is not due to begin until after Hajj…a two year time span for this massive project seems very remote considering all the essential underground infrastructures…so many of the current ablution blocks will no longer be accessible as they will be within the new extended Masjid…thousands have been brought into the Kingdom for construction work in Makkah and Madinah…Insha’Allah thought is given to the basics of water and power and the chaotic traffic conditions if the expectation of having millions gathered at the one time in the Haramain…may Allah Ta’ala guide and protect us all, Ameen…

…it was not long ago when this section was surfaced so that pilgrims staying in the eastern hotels had access to Haram…and now it is all being dug up again…so many new hotels are also marked for demolition…

…how fickle is this Dunya…the remains of a chandelier and a decorative entrance about to disappear…

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…a fence has been erected in front of Babul Baqi…

…as new marble slabs are being laid…

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…do keep abreast with the expansion updates at this excellent site…where the following image of the expansion design is from and where many other details are posted…

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the extent of Your forbearance.

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the extent of Your Knowledge.

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad as many times as Your words.

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the extent of Your favour.

 

 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the fullness of Your skies.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the fullness of Your earth.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad to the fullness of Your Throne.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad in the decoration of Your Throne.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad in all that the Pen has written in the Mother of the Book.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad as much as You have created in Your Seven Heavens.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad as much as You will create in them until the Day of Resurrection and every day a thousand times.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad in every drop of rain that has fallen from Your heavens to Your earth from the day You created the world to the Day of Resurrection and every day a thousand times.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad as many times as those who have glorified You, declared Your unity, magnified You and extolled You from the day You created the world to the Day of Resurrection and every day a thousand times.
 O Allah, bless our master Muhammad in every one of their breaths and their utterances.
…Insha’Allah be steadfast with the Du’a after Asr every Juma’ah, Insha’Allah…found here with other virtues of this Eid Day…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

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.

…travellers we all…

The following is a little drop from the ocean of Sayyidi al-Habib’s words from last week’s mawild in Dar al-Mustafa on the 20th of Rabi al-Awwal 1434 / 31st January 2013 as translated by Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve him and his teachers, and benefit us by them). The translation of this talk can be viewed from here.

Your connection to the Chosen One (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and your knowledge of his prophethood, his greatness and his station in the sight of Allah is a blessing.

The more you thank Allah for this blessing, the more He will increase you in the blessing that is Muhammad. Your knowledge of his prophethood, his greatness and his station in the sight of Allah will then be increased. The more you thank Him, the more He will increase you.

He says:

If you are grateful, I will surely increase you(14:7)

This increase has no limit and it will take you to the Abode of Goodness and more:

For those who excelled is goodness, and more than that. No darkness or abasement shall cover their faces. They are the people of the Garden and they will abide therein for ever.  (10:26)

…InshaAllah if you are not already on the Wayfarers to Allah mailing list, <wayfarers.to.allah@gmail.com> I highly recommend you do so for the sake of the heart and soul…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…may these last few days of this Mubarak month of Rabial Awwal 1434 flood you and yours with unlimited bounties from Allah Ta’ala’s Treasury…and may your connection to His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam be forever on the increase and your travels be overflowing with goodness, Ameen…

…photos from the end of the Hajj season when this speck was mobile…Insha’Allah this blessing will soon return along with a ‘blog voice’ that seems to be out in sympathy with lack of mobility…

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.