Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…moving…

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…Allah Ta’ala created the sun to be in a state of movement…water keeps moving… if it stops…it stagnates…even before birth we moved in the womb of our mother…movement…the tiniest atom cannot stop moving…if the sun stops…it marks the end of the universe…this is the rule of Allah Ta’ala…the universe and its contents are in constant movement… stillness means destruction…

…what is not moving?…whether from storm to calm…darkness to light…or light to darkness…

Allah is the Protector of those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into light. But those who disbelieve have false gods as protectors. They take them from the light to the darkness. (2:257)

…as Muslims, we cannot afford to disobey the law of Allah Ta’ala… we have to keep moving…

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…confusion to clarity…decision to indecision…stillness to friction…from grand to small…inertia to action…birth to death…death to birth…incoherence to articulation…sadness to elation…silence to noise…arrogance to humility…loss to gain…desert to forest…wealth to poverty…solitude to company…misery to ecstasy…wellness to illness…illness to wellness…or the opposites to any of these dynamics…

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…each move we make brings Noor…the Noor of ilm, the Noor of dhikr…the Noor of Ibadah

Their light will stream out ahead of them and on their right. They will say, ‘Our Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us! You have power over all things.  (66:8)

…this Noor on the Day of Judgement is what we have accumulated in this Dunya.

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…Allah Ta’ala is the most merciful for the humble…seeking Noor in this Dunya moves one to be humble… seeking Noor requires moving…not any movement…but moving with the correct intention and proper motivation to attain His pleasure… then all actions will bring Noor to hearts…this Noor on the Day of Judgement will then be the means to cross the Sirat…Insha’Allah…

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…all is moving from one state to another…sliding along a multitude of  variables and all is Alhumdulillah…but permanently being stuck is a stasis we need to work at to avoid…move…move…

…yes…Allah the Almighty has written for all of us where and what we may move from and to…from this to that or from that to this…His world is not lineal…even though we may feel we are transiting from one side of the spectrum to the other…His Mercy is unlimited and waiting to be showered where He decides…we are required to keep moving closer and closer towards Him…

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…the most sought after Noor is the Noor of Hidayah…we ask for it multiple times in a day… it is the most precious and most valuable movement our being can make…Allah Ta’ala taught us how to ask for this Noor of Hidayah in the Opening… acquiring this precious Noor demands a life of moving…

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…constant movement…all within creation in some form of motion…

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…the historic Ottoman arches moving to make way for the new…

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…labourers in a cage hoisted up as the new minaret moves skyward…

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…with the old Masjid interiors moving to become rubble…

…when Allah Ta’ala inspires your tongue to move and ask…know that He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala wants to give…

…if you are satisfied with all the ‘moving’ Allah Ta’ala has blessed you with, then Insha’Allah He will be satisfied with you…ask…am I happy with what He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala has decreed for me…work on what we DO have rather than what we do not have…if we are content with ourselves then we are content with what Allah Ta’ala has given or not given…all is moving…as He SubhanAllah wa Ta’ala has Planned…Alhumdulillah…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…photos from last Umrah…see previous post…unable to share earlier as this speck was moving from wellness to illness and now illness to wellness Insha’Allah…

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.

…at Your Door Ya Rabb…

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…Ya Rabb, here we are, your slaves, at Your Door, coming from near and far, carrying many sins, helpless, and asking for Your generosity, forgiveness and mercy…Ya Rabb, make us from those whose supplications are always answered…Ameen…

…Ya Rabb, send blessings and peace upon Muhammad and upon he family of Muhammad, as You have blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim…

JUMU’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.

…in the space of a week…

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…in the space of a week Allah Ta’ala moved this most grateful speck to Makkah al Mukarramah …onto Mina to see if Masjid Aqaba was still there, as a very dear one who was here for Hajj had been told it had been demolished…Alhumdulillah it still remains…

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…but as clearly seen in these photos tons of concrete suffocate its presence…it can be understood that the Hujjaj may have thought it had disappeared as these ramps would be teeming with people during the days in Mina making this tiny Masjid invisible…but no matter how tiny this structure is, the significance this area has for us all now is massive…SubhanAllah…

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…zooming along the Hijrah Highway back towards the City of Light…the ruggedness never ceases to amaze…thoughts drift back to how it must have been thousands of years ago for pilgrims traversing such terrain…SubhanAllah…

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…the winter light is nothing short of stunning…

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…then to Masjid Nabawi for Ziyarah…a sneaky snap…though it was amazing to see just how many sisters were taking photos…smartphones and tablet screens as shining rectangles trying to illuminate the one can never be illuminated SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…SubhanAllah… and yes, I saw arms lifted holding phones lit up amidst the sea of black abayas from inside Rowdha!!!

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…the courtyards are deserted…SubhanAllah…Insha’Allah the first new season pilgrims may be arriving within a few days…

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…this afternoon after Asr…serenity magnified…

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…the mild temperatures with the soft warm tones make this mubarak place one is easily magnetized to…

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…not quite sure about this type of ‘graffiti’ being scrawled here…as much as this is our testimony to our faith with the depth of its significance in our lives, maybe it is enough to have it deeply etched in the heart rather than on buildings…Allahu ‘Alum…

…also…reading…

Love means preferring Allah to any other. It means choosing the way of taqwa when the crux comes. It means asking if Allah will be pleased before asking if oneself will be pleased. It is reached through gratitude to Allah, and dawns on the heart by degrees. Ahmad ibn Abi al-Hawari has said, “The sign of love of Allah is the love of His remembrance (dhikr).”

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever has three traits will taste the sweetness of true faith: love of Allah and His messenger above anything else, love of someone for the sake of nothing besides Allah, and to hate to return to unbelief as he would hate to be thrown into the fire.” (Bukhari)

Source: Sea Without Shore Shaykh Ha Mim Keller.

…this was the week that was…SubhanAllah…the ‘list’ was recited and Du’a made and Salams conveyed in these sacred places in the space of this past week…

…comments still not on, though I do see them…Insha’Allah once I am through with a few extra responsibilities occurring during these weeks more time may be available for this neglected space…all is Khair Alhumdulillah…

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.