Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…it is…

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…it is…crowded…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…a challenge…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…noisy…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…congested…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…awesome…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…SubhanAllah…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…sacred…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…grandiose…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…stirring…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…majestic…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…electric…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…daunting…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…alarming…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…serene…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…demanding…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…evolving…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…enormous…Alhumdulillah…

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…it is…alluring…Alhumdulillah…

…it is…constantly changing…Alhumdulillah…

…it is…every emotional, physical and spiritual state imaginable…Alhumdulillah…

…it is…exactly as Allah Ta’ala Plans…Alhumdulillah…

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Makkah 2015 April18

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…it was…shrouded in a veil designed with swirling sand…Alhumdulillah…

…Allahu ‘Alum if acceptance is recorded…Insha’Allah all weaknesses and shortcomings are forgiven…

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.

…afternoon light…

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…love this afternoon light as it bathes and caresses all in its embrace while simultaneously lightens hearts…

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…after finding the courage to enter one of the Movenpick dining areas as dozens of the workers were preparing for the evening session…artistically arranging elaborate displays of food…setting crisp white starched linen table cloths with polished glassware and sparkly silver…asking permission from them…to soon be yelled at by a ‘suited manager type’…who walked away once I quietly said I merely wanted to take photos from the window…guaranteed a brother walking in to do the same would not be accosted…the net is flooded with thousands of photos from the Haramain…so many from locations a sister could never dream of being…but so accessible to men…ummmm…khair Alhumdulillah…

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…recently many things have been pulling this speck’s heart into a rather gloomy abyss…Alhumdulillah for the Madian ‘light’ that infuses shafts of light to dispel the sombre ache…Alhumdulillah for all the solace Allah Ta’ala comforts us with…despair is never an option… AstaghfiruLlahu for the moments we allow ourselves to wallow…

He brings them out from darkness into the light. (2:257)

…so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light…(14:1)

 It is He who calls down blessings on you, as do His Angels, to bring you out of the darkness into the light. (33:43)

Praise belongs to Allah who created the heavens and the earth and appointed darkness and light. (6:1)

A Light has come to you from Allah…(5:15)

so many references to various ‘lights’ SubhanaAllah…

Although the Prophet’s light is the most powerful in the universe, since he is the nearest created being to Allah, it is not the only one. Angels are made of light, the Qur’an is light, the spirits of human beings are light, faith is light, knowledge is light, the sun, the moon, and the stars are also lights. The light of each human being depends upon his faith, knowledge, and virtue. Thus the most powerful lights are those of Divine Messengers, then those of Prophets, saints, virtuous believers, and finally those of sinful believers. This is the hierarchy of human beings. Both the first and the last are human, all have lights, and all are slaves of Allah, but the distance between the top of the pyramid and its bottom is so great that those at the bottom, in Paradise, will see those at the top as distant as, in this world, we see the stars at night.

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For verily he is a sun of perfection of which they are the moons bringing its light to people in the midst of darkness.

…al-Burda by Imam al-Busiri…

…Alhumdulillah for this mellow afternoon light painting the City of Light…with the capacity to reach the darkest of recesses and to depths of hearts in need…

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…the demolition has reached a stand still…seems to be no progress for three weeks…compare photos from April 2

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…a substantial shell in the cross hairs of the demolition juggernaut…

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…so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light…(14:1)

…a calling has been answered with Labaik Allahumma Labaik…Insha’Allah heading to the Blessed Light of BaituLlah…to reach out for the Hand of Allah Ta’ala…seeking His Countenance to further dispel any lingering gloom…Insha’Allah the intention is always there to recite the ‘list’…on screen presence will be on hold for a short time…may Allah Ta’ala’s Light illuminate all hearts and lift heavy burdens…we are all part of an Ummah in great need…

Labaik Allahumma Labaik

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.

…true love…

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…uuummmm…much angst flowing through the veins…affecting the state of the heart knowing this franchise is in our most Radiant City…who sanctions such enterprises? why do we need to copy such crassness?…who with a true love for our sacred places would contemplate producing garish items…the Mubarak Ka’abah and Black Stone and Masjid Nabawi on oven mitts…mugs…caps etc…tasteless images related to our spiritual rituals juxtaposed with ‘that’ clock tower and other national landmarks…do we really need to display love for our glorious Deen this way?…all within minutes of the most cherished HabibuLlahu SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…our heritage is suffering enough…our Iman already so weak without this infiltrating and enticing the nafs or encouraging people to wear/use such items…Shaytan is certainly displaying his presence in the markets immediately around the courtyards…may we all increase our Istighfar…beg for forgiveness…rectify the condition of our hearts…have sincere intentions to embrace the Sunnah more than we may already be following…

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…Ya Rabb…shower Your Mercy upon the Haramain…Ya Rabb…protect and safeguard our holy sites…Ya Rabb…make us all shed tears of remorse for all that impedes our journey and closeness to You…Ya Rabb…expiate our evils deeds and ways and cause us to die among the righteous…Ya Rabb…Ya Rabb…I rely on Your pardon and Your clemency…Ya Rabb…do not leave us even for the blink of an eye…overlook our shortcomings…do not deprive us of Your bounties or suspend Your Barakah and Noor from us or from our Sanctified Precincts…Ya Rabb lead us to all that gains Your pleasure and favours…Ya Rabb help us to be steadfast upon Your commands and strong on the Siratul Mustaqeem…Ya Rabb inject true love into our hearts…Ya Rabb make our deeds acceptable when we come heads bowed and full of shame on that Fateful Day…Ya Rabb…turn our hearts only to You and Your obedience and to the Blessed Sunnah of Your Cherished Beloved SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

…Ya Rabb…indeed You are the Mighty and the Generous…

…Ya Rabb shower blessings, peace and favours on Sayyidina Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and on his family…forgive our sins O the Most Forgiving of this who forgive…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.