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…a quiet interval…

Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in our body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you. It will appear in front of you and ask, “What do you want?”

Kabir

…a slight diversion, or Madanian interval from sharing the recent Makkah visit…yes…Insha’Allah there is more to come…

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.

…in the place of refuge my heart sought refuge…

In the place of refuge my heart sought refuge,

shot with enmity’s arrows.

O Mercy of Allah for His slaves!

Allah placed His trust in you

out of all inanimate forms.

O House of my Lord, O light of my heart,

O coolness of my eyes, O my heart within,

O true secret of the heart of existence,

my sacred trust, my purest love!

O direction to which I turn

from every quarter and valley,

From subsistence in the Real, then from the height,

from self extinction, then from the depths!

O Ka’aba of Allah, O my life.

O path of good fortune, O my guidance,

In you has Allah placed every safety

from fear of disaster upon the great Return.

In you does the noble Station [of Ibrahim] flourish,

in you are found the fortunes of Allah’s slaves.

In you is the Right Hand that my sin has draped

in the robe of blackness.

Multazam is in you, he who clings to love for it,

will be saved on the Day of Mutual Cries.

Souls passed away longing for Her,

in the pain of longing and distant separation.

In sorrow at the news she has put on

the garment of mourning.

Allah sheds His light on her court,

and something of His light appears in the heart.

None sees it but the sorrowful

whose eyes are dark from the lack of sleep.

He circumambulates seven times after seven,

from the beginning of night until the call to prayer.

Hostage to endless sadness, he is never seen

but bound to effort.

I heard him call upon Allah and say,

beside the Black Stone:

“O my heart!

Our night has quickly passed,
but the goal of my love has not passed!”

Ibn ‘Arabi in al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya from Gibril Fouad Haddad’s “From the Two Holy Sanctuaries”

…in the place of refuge my heart sought refuge…

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.