Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…Haram Heroes…

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…attention is given to cleaning and maintaining every square centimetre within Masjid al-Haram even as the expansion project is constantly billowing dust and rubble around the entire circumference of the Mataf…the above is the main temporary walk way from the King Fahd gate to the Mataf area…it has been painted white…but in many places due to the heavy traffic of pilgrims the concrete has chipped away…but still the cleaning brigade meticulously cordon off sections and do their magic…

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…brass polishers never rest…

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…carpets are rolled up after Fajr and then unrolled for Zuhur…

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…this platform was raised for workers with buckets of water and cleaning solutions to wash the roof of Ka’abah…SubhanAllah…such an honour…

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…just prior to this photo these brothers were seated receiving final briefings before executing the fastidious job of cleaning directly around the Ka’abah…

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…as an army going into battle…brooms, mops and squeegees with the cavalry mounted on their motorized mounts…look how white the mops are!!!…

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…all that was missing was a rallying war cry…but there was no doubt about the unified attack…SubhanAllah…true Haram Heroes…

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…they enter the fray…working within the confines of the outer guards holding the red tape defining the area of assault…

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…who would not aspire to be part of this army?…the chosen elite esteemed with the worship of cleaning the Mubarak BaituLlah…

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…their efforts fully focused on the importance of their role…

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…experts called in where needed…

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…the Yemeni Corner and the Shadharawan polished and perfumed…scholars say that our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam made ‘istilaam’ of the Rukn Yamani because it is a part of the Ka’abah that still stands on the original foundations that Ibrahim alaihis Salam built…and Allah Ta’ala knows best…regardless it is a Sunnah to touch this corner if possible and without hindering or harming others…And Abdullah bin Umar RadhiAllahu anhu reports he heard RasuluLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam say that ‘istilaam’ of Rukn Yamani and of the Hajar Aswad atones for sins…see this previous post for more details

…the Shadharawan is the lighter marble ledge jutting out from the wall of the Ka’abah…Abdullah bin Zubayr RadhiAllahu anhu had this feature built so as to prevent water seeping down into the foundations…do revisit this Mubarak place marked within the Shadharawan

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…the Hateem lights being cleaned and polished as scenes of demolition are so close in the background…more to follow Insha’Allah…

…Insha’Allah we all have Istiqama in our Du’as for the massive projects in and around the Haramain…as well as for the Haram Heroes and their unrelenting love and care for their work…

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.

…INFINITE MERCY…

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…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…how little we actually comprehend this small word when it comes to Allah Ta’ala’s MERCY? …impossible…totally impossible…I feel like copying and pasting this word a zillion times and leave the post at that…Alhumdulillah Allah in His Mercy has blessed us with measured doses…and what sublime beauty is there to be seen and felt in this one part of His Mercy He has made manifest in this worldly realm…leaving another whopping 99 parts reserved for that Fateful Day…SubhanAllah…

…Allah Ta’ala, the All Merciful manifests His infinite Mercy in everything seen and unseen…heard and not heard…felt and not felt…aware of and not aware of…smelt and not smelt…and it was during this Umrah Alhumdulillah which was, as always, a bountiful gift that Mercy was seen and felt and heard and smelt in the most unexpected…in negotiating around the unprecedented changes within Masjid al Haram…in the disorientation…in the smell of fresh cement being poured…in the constant shouts and sounds of commands and machines as the old masjid was being reduced to rubble…in the crush of pilgrims being redirected…and yet still the rite of Umrah was spiritually uplifting as one lifted the gaze to the bigger picture…to presenting a thirsty hungry heart to be awakened and filled with His Mercy…because regardless of the external conditions seekers will always be seeking here until the End of Times…pleading for His INFINITE UNLIMITED MERCY…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…

Whatever Allah grants people out of mercy none can withhold; and whatever Allah withholds, no one else can deliver, for Allah is the Almighty the epitome of Wisdom (35:2)

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Makkah Umrah Kaba 2014 Nov9

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…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…

…may Allah Ta’ala’s Infinite Mercy grace us all…Ameen…

…as usual hundreds of photos were taken…Insha’Allah some editing has been achieved amidst an unexpectedly busy few days…hopefully to be posted soon…

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.

…courtyard scenes…

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…sunrise…and the brass cleaners already high on the scaffolding polishing away…oh that we were as diligent with the Amal of polishing our hearts…Insha’Allah we pledge to make Istiqama on this Amal right now…

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…and the umbrella cleaning resumes after the whirlwind time of Hajj…

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…The General Directorate for the Affairs of Masjid Nabawi…this building has been under construction for many years…Alhumdulillah it now has a purpose…unlike the building to the right which will be demolished for the new expansion…

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…as can be seen by the reflection of the Green Dome and the Ottoman minaret it is approximately opposite Babul Salam…a security guard ensures entrance to dignitaries only…

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…labourers to the left of the Directorate building…and to the left of this area is the Musalla area with Masjid Ghamama and Masjid Abu Bakr…

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…while on the eastern side is this series of boxed fixtures…the rumour being they house the beginnings of a ramp that will connect directly to the roof…if the expansion is to be attached to the Masjid here then I am not sure how a ramp to the second floor is to be incorporated??…any clues out there?? …meanwhile this part of the courtyard resembles a modern ‘art installation’…

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…the work is never ending…the skilled engineers and labourers is amazing…SubhanAllah…forever something happening…

every day He is at work…(55:29)

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…one of several caged carts storing thousands of chairs…mothballed until the next spike in pilgrims…wheelchairs are also seen piled to the ceiling in a maintenance area that once was the Aswat al-Haram…

…Insha’Allah back in a short while…a call has been heard…with the reply being Labaik Allahumma Labaik…Insha’Allah the ‘list’ will be recited in front of BaituLlah and copious Adiyah made…

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.