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…Arafat Day in Masjid al-Haram…and Eidul Adha…

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EID MUBARAK EID SAEED EID KAREEM

…may Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy descend upon the Hujjaj as they offer their sacrificial animals…and also upon Muslims throughout the world as we recall the efforts of Nabi Ibrahim’s love for Allah Ta’ala over the love for his beloved son…may this be a stark reminder for us all as we turn out attention to these annual rites…and being mindful of the days of Tashreek…

…may Allah bless us all with blessings greater than the drops of blood that will fall…greater than the number of hairs on every animal sacrificed in His name…greater than collective Du’as made by the millions of Hujjaj…greater than the number of threads and stitches in the new Kiswa…Ameen…

and remember Allah during the numbered days…and fear Allah and know that unto Him you will be gathered. (2:203)

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…JazakiLlahu khaira to K for her ‘sacrificial sheep’…excuse my lack of content but being away from home is proving difficult to access a good connection…

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.

..half of Iman..

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Abu Malik as-Ash’ari  RadhiAllahu anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: Cleanliness is half of Iman and Alhamdulillah fills the scale, and SubhanAllah and Alhumdulillah fill up what is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof of one’s faith and endurance is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.

 

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SubhanAllah, the area that Masjid al-Haram occupies on the earth must be the cleanest patch of land on the entire globe. Armies of diligent cleaners, brothers and sisters, are dusting, polishing, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, washing and picking up all that is dropped 24/7. The efficient routine never ceases, and the care and love seen on all contributing to this task is admirable. Their presence is evident in every direction one gazes; high above scaffolding meticulously cleaning each and every architectural feature and light fittings to all surfaces below.
It feels that this attention to cleanliness, emanating from Baitullah, somehow contributes to the collective Iman of all attending Masjid al-Haram. Just as the excessive recitation of Alhumdulillah and SubhanAllah in this sacred space brings peace and tranquility to hearts and souls of the Ummah as these words soar from this pivotal point. As rolling waves rippling between the earth and heavens in concentric circles.
The antics of the brothers in the turquoise uniforms as they are engaged in the major cleaning  mesmerize. Children laugh excitedly, adults stare in amazement as if watching a skillfully choreographed ballet. The display of dexterity and nimbleness as they control all the props is a performance of agility and devotion, and a mastery of organization.
Brothers are constantly circumambulating the Ka’abah with wide mops to lesson the accumulation of fine fluff from the perpetual friction of clothing of the thousands attending to their worship.
Thus it is sad to see so many ignore this important section of the Hadith; Cleanliness is half of Iman when they casually leave rubbish in the Haramain. Children are not reprimanded when they collect dozens of the plastic cups that they shred or use as missiles or to build towers and then leave lying on the floor. Drinks are spilt,  tissues and wrappers dropped and food crumbs ignored, all as if it is the job of the cleaners to deal with this lack of manners.
Alhumdulillah the general situation in and around Masjid al-Haram seems far more ordered than the two cordoned off sections for sisters and children in Masjid an-Nabawi. Maybe this is attributed to what seems to be more brothers on duty in the courtyard of Masjid al-Haram, coupled with the fact that families can sit together there, and thus the males can have an input regarding the behaviour of children, or at least parents together have more control. Whereas in Madinah in the sisters only areas, relatively fewer sisters seem to be on duty, and any disciplinary action comes only from the female members of the family. Allahu ‘Alum. Whatever the reasons, the truth of Cleanliness is half of Iman needs to be instilled in the hearts of the Ummah, especially the young, and more especially those who are blessed to be in Haramain. I have addressed this situation with others here, hoping to arrive at some pro-active answer to this issue but as yet no direct plan has been implemented. Suggestions more than welcome.
Meanwhile, may each of us impart the essence of Cleanliness is half of Iman to all around us with the gentlest of Adab, be consistent with filling our scale with Alhumdulillah, adding to the waves of peace encircling the earth with Dhikr, eliminating darkness, even if only by a tiny amount with the brightness of our endurance and the light of prayer, proving our faith with charity and recitation and fulfilling all that will contribute to us going out in the morning to set ourselves free.

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.