Tag Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…Bakka ambling…

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The first House established for mankind was that at Bakka, a place of blessing and guidance for all beings. (3:96)

…regardless of the massive changes Allah Ta’ala’s Divine Speech remains till the End of Times…His House is still in the very same valley…where long ago mountains converged…they have been replaced by thousands of man made converging mountains of sorts…supported upon the sturdy underground ‘pegs’…SubhanAllah…as one rambles in and around the winding maze of the Mataf and King Abdullah expansion  projects it is easy to forget the essence of the above Ayat…it is still and always will be a place of blessing and guidance…despite the congestion…despite the haranguing… despite the pushing and shoving…despite being turned away from door upon door…despite the outward hardships and physical appearances…the spiritual truths and promises are there to be tasted Alhumdulillah…the heart also needs to reflect on how our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam spent thirteen years instilling the foundations of Iman upon the first Muslims…so Insha’Allah during whatever moments we are blessed with while being in Mubarak Bakka our efforts to stir the Iman are increased…

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…grand…the current entrance to the King Abdullah section…an excellent place to find relative peace and quiet for Nawaful Ibadah…

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…enter from this courtyard which is opposite the Jabal Umar complex and the Intercontinental hotel…both ideal places to stay if one can afford the rates…as their location to the new section is so accessible and avoids the chaos of the overcrowded side where construction blocks many of the major entry points…

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…huge expanses were virtually empty…but then if you are hoping for views of BaituLlah then this is not possible here…

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…access from the Mataf is currently through these temporary corridors…deafening construction noise streams from either side…and it is quite a walk…

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…direct access was blocked…barriers were erected for a long distance before one could actually enter the serene carpeted prayer areas…Insha’Allah it is projected that by Ramadhan the majority of the structural work should be completed…

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…an unusual capture through a perspex window looking down upon the new Mataf section beside the King Abdul Aziz gate…ginormous!!!…

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…as are the long Zamzam drinking facilities…

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…*he he he*…

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…second floor Sa’i…electric chairs can be hired on the top floor…currently SR50…

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…space saving storage racks for the thousands of folding chairs…love the ‘re-chair’ expression…

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…some of the rebuilt domes in original Ottoman style…(JazakumuLlahu khaira to Abu Arifa for edit suggestion)

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…interesting clicks from the Abraj al Bayt…the linear angles and contrasts of positive and negative spaces fascinate…*chuckles* in response to the photographer on the left…

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…view of the back of the palace complex from the hotel window…pity some of the huge empty spaces cannot be allocated to ease the accommodation woes of many pilgrims…

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…the sand storm haze…

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…another hazy view of a section of the palace compound from the hotel window…

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…zooming along the Hijrah Highway…muted tones throughout the entire journey…Alf ShukriLlah for all conditions and all opportunities and experiences…

…Ya Rabb…grant us contentment for all You provide us with…You Only know what is the best for us…Insha’Allah bless us all with a steadfast Iman that clings to the heart…and assist us from wavering as conditions change…Ya Rabb show us compassion and forgive us our sins…and restore  honour the Muslim Ummah…Ameen…

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.

…obscured…

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…the northern Jannatul Baqi fence…as many of you know there is a ledge which varies in height along the fence…in some places a few metres high but in others it is an easy step up so one can peer inside…

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…the Mubarak earth sends ripples down the spine…love surging through the veins…and powerful urges of yearning in the heart to be with all the blessed residents…look! can’t you see the gardens of the gardens of Paradise?…surrender the obscured within yourself…allow the emotions to feel the closeness of our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…and drift to that Day of Rising when he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam will appear from so near with his dearest of companions RadhiAllahu anhum…all gathering with Ahlul Bayt, thousands of illustrious companions, scholars, Awliya…

“The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) was sitting by a grave as it was being dug in Madinah [in al-Baqi’], when a man looked inside the grave and remarked, ‘What a wretched final resting place for a believer!’ So the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, ‘What a wretched thing you’ve said [because a believer’s grave is a garden from the gardens of Paradise]!’ So the man said, ‘I didn’t mean that [about the grave itself]… I only meant a death in the way of God [far away from home, is better].’ So the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: ‘There is nothing like dying in the way of God, but there is not, on the face of this earth, a piece of land more beloved to me that my grave should be in, than this [Madinah].’ [He repeated that] three times.” [Malik, al-Muwatta]

source…with more details related to the virtues of supplicating for death in Madinah here

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…but now…this is how the view appears from the lower accessible ledges…obscured by the addition of a semi transparent sheet…similar to that has been attached to the Shuhadah site at Uhud…

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…a hazy blur…

…which, sadly, for many beckons the need to scribble names on these perspex panels…to prove they were there…to prove their time in this Dunya is not obscured?…certainly not obscured from the kiraman katibin or Allah Ta’ala the ALL-SEEING the ALL-KNOWING…

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…this is the view of BaituLlah from the lower section of the temporary Mataf ring…a patterned panel allowing one to view the Ka’abah while making Tawaf…

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…but notice the solid blank sections erected for several metres obscuring the view to the Hajra al Aswad and the Multazam door…

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…this is the ‘view’ now…

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…but not obscured is the Abraj al Bayt…

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…not even the place of Sajda on a prayer mat…

…regardless of how many may try to obscure aspects of our glorious Deen in this realm, we can always choose not to obscure our ‘view’ of the Ghaib and all that leads to Him Subhanahu wa Ta’ala…Ameen…fling aside all veils that obscure the truth…

Did We not expand your breast? (Qur’an 94:1)

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.

…in the pitch-black darkness…

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A Prophet came while people were wrapped in pride

and in the pitch-black darkness of the night of unbelief,

Whereupon he dispelled this darkness with abundant light,

and in this matter he was helped by each of those who submitted.

 ‘Abdur Rahman ibn `Awf, RadhiAllahu anhu

…Insha’Allah, may we submit to the “abundant light” and be in “illumination”, steadfastly treading the paths of guidance, as we continue to bring the essence of the birth of our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam into our hearts…he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam so lovingly sacrificed for us, his constant concern being “Ummmati Ummati”…may we make this a time of asking ourselves what is our constant concern?…how much is the Ummah still in pitch-black darkness after all these thousands of years?…each and every one of us can make a change…make the light of the Sunnah a reality in your life…in your homes…make efforts to overflow hearts with love of our Blessed Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…shine your light of effort for the Ummah Insha’Allah…

…and in this matter he was helped by each of those who submitted…may we all be one who submits…Ameen…beneficial reminders from Muwasala

…Juma’ah in Masjid al-Haram shared by dear Ukht K…JazakiLlahu khaira and Umrah Mabrook to all offering Umrah during this special month…may they…and the Haramain be in our special du’as Insha’Allah…

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.