Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…listening…

rusty intro copy

Makkah and Madinah misc1

O God,

Whenever I listen to the voice of anything You have made…

The rustling of the trees

The trickling of water

The cries of birds

The flickering of shadow

The roar of the wind

The song of the thunder

I hear it say:

God is One!

Nothing can be compared with God!

Rabi’a al-Adawiyya Rahmatullahi alaiha

Makkah and Madinah misc2

Makkah and Madinah misc3

???????????????????????????????

Makkah and Madinah misc5

Makkah and Madinah misc6

Makkah and Madinah misc7

Makkah and Madinah misc8

Makkah and Madinah misc9

Makkah and Madinah misc10

???????????????????????????????

???????????

Makkah and Madinah misc11

…an eclectic collection of recent captures from the Haramain…each with a hidden story…each a way of listening…

…Ya Rabb! assist us to fine tune our listening…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.

…an engineering triumph…

rusty intro copy

Makkah 2014 nov expansion works1

…regardless of which side of the fence one sits on with respect to the colossal changes with the Mataf expansion project one cannot deny the incredible engineering skills Allah Ta’ala has gathered for this project…watching the various aspects on view is staggering…the organizational skills required for this ambitious change elicits repetitive gasps of SUBHANALLAH!!! Allahu Akbar for all the diverse attributes mankind has been blessed with…

…the ‘sorry, work area’ sign is seen every few metres both inside and outside the Masjid…the vast extent to the work at the moment encompasses the entire circumference of the open Mataf area…Insha’Allah the prediction that it will be partially ready by next Ramadhan is met

???????????????????????????????

…from left to right…all the doors are now closed…as seen from the grimy window of the Safwah hotel…

???????????????????????????????

…including the ramp that used to connect to the second floor…and beyond to the right past the Safwa doors…all to crumble…

Makkah 2014 nov expansion works4

…work begins on the King Abdul Aziz minarets…

???????????????????????????????

…ajeeb…as the grand entrance was recently repainted with the gold and green pattern as seen…the following gallery of speaks for itself…

Makkah 2014 nov expansion works6

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

Makkah 2014 nov expansion works13

…how long before this section too is relegated to the archives of history?…

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

No soul knows what joy for them has been kept hidden.

Hadith Qudsi

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.

…up down around under up…to where Light descended in this world…

bq-banner-copy

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov2

…with all the changes in and around Masjid al Haram it is so easy for one to feel disoriented…detours, temporary ramps and passageways…and familiar places no longer accessible…it all seems as if in a maze…this is the main thoroughfare from the Mataf to Sa’i…which becomes ‘mamnou’ to sisters long before Salat is due…

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov1

…sisters are directed to this section…Alhumdulillah there are short segments of glass panels with a view of Ka’abah for those arriving early enough…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov8

…I was too slow in grabbing the phone one morning after Salatul Fajr to take a photo, and it is blurry…but the group seen walking under the scaffolding and through the warren of building debris is the Imam and his escort…it seems he still exits through the previous King Abdul Aziz section to the Palace area even though so much of it is now construction site…

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov3

…just to the left weaves through a narrow tunnel to the basement…

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov4

…not many were aware of this as a possibility to perform Sa’i in an almost empty space…

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov5

…crossing under and across…

Makkah NE Sai side 2014 nov6

…looking back at one of the connecting stairways to the Mataf…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov7

…to exit at the current place where the Janazah now arrive and leave…this seems the logical side as Mu’alla is on this same North/East…Allahu ‘Alum if this becomes the permanent choice after the extension is complete…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov2

…one can no longer access this courtyard through the narrow section between the Palace and the Safwa end of Sa’i…the only way across is via the basement…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov3

…this side is almost entirely taken over by construction crews and equipment…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov1

…it was the intention to reach the Mubarak Birth Place…shining in the distance…but access was impossible…this was the domain of brothers in hard hats…certainly not a niqabi!!…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov4

…Jabal Khandamah is now totally devoid of houses…the bulldozers zigzagging back and forth as they erode yet another Makkan mountain…that lone remains of a tree at the summit twangs at heart strings…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov5

…shipping containers…construction huts…brothers on a mission…this entire area transformed…

Makkah NE courtyard 2014 Nov6

…may Allah Ta’ala protect this tiny piece of land until the End of Times…may He cement forever the deep love and devotion for His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in hearts…whom we love because the whole universe came into being for us to come close to…

O God, bless our master Muhammad, the ocean of Your Lights, the mine of Your secrets, the tongue of Your proof, the bridegroom of Your kingdoms, the leader of Your Presence, the embroidery of Your Dominion, the vault of Your Mercy, the way of Your Law, the delight of Your Unity, the pupil of the eye of existence, the cause of all existence, the most eminent of Your Creation, the representative of the light of Your Resplendence, with blessings which last for as long as You last and remain for as long as You remain, blessings which are limitless apart from Your knowledge thereof, blessings which please You, which please him and by which You are pleased with us, O Lord of the Worlds!

O God, bless our master Muhammad as much as all that which is within the knowledge of God, blessings which are eternal and which last as long as the duration of the Kingdom of God!

Dala’il al-Khayrat, Wednesday reading.

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.