Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…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.

…King Fahd Road…

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…this is the corner of the King Fahd Road and Sitten Street…which now Alhumdulillah has been made into a tunnel as the number of pilgrims needing to cross this extremely busy road is a dense body of humanity…for those not familiar with Madinah this is the far northern side of the central district of hotels…I know I keep repeating this mantra…but I do so once more…the sheer scale of the new expansion is boggling…I know no other word to describe it…so the hotels from here to Haram…which is four blocks to the right…will all be history…the hotels seen in these two aerial photos will be part of the future courtyard according to known plans…do visit skyscrapercity for more details and for more stunning photos from the series these two are from…

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…the curved facade in the right is the Darul Hijrah Intercontinental Hotel…it is where I have had the blessed opportunity of occasional access to a room there over the past weeks…(JAZAKILLAHU KHAIRA kind and gentle sisters)…in the third floor of the flat section on the right…the road on the left leads to Masjid Nabawi…seen below…

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…standing at this point means you will now be inside the new Masjid of the King Abdullah expansion…all buildings visible will be flattened…boggling…ginormous…mega mega hyper hyper…

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…this is one of several newly installed traffic lights…all lane ways between the densely packed hotels are so crowded during the peak seasons…but even during other times too as the Umrah visa numbers increase each year…unlike some years ago where there was a relativity ‘quite’ window of time after the Ramadhan and Hajj seasons…this is hardly the case now…so back to these ‘sentinel’ traffic lights…it seems the logic behind the installation is already flawed…

…scene: hundreds are streaming to Haram for Salat…Adhan has been called…their objective is to make it to the Saff for Iqama…cars still use the cross roads…drivers here are notorious for being blind to pedestrians…regardless of where they are…who ‘sees’ let alone ‘obeys’ these small traffic lights? …hence chaos…

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…I have already shared a few photos from this vantage point…now more unabashedly bombarding you…because SubhanAllah sitting here watching Madinan scenes constantly unfold, and flow as one beautiful dynamic of a peaceful and harmonious Ummah float by, not only mesmerizes but uplifts and injects the Iman with a fuzzy sense of joy…so from hundreds snapped, here are a few…

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…four ice cream vans attracting delighted customers…

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…the King Fahd Road leads directly to the Shuhadah…although it is not the route taken by our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his faithful Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum for the Battle of Uhud…they walked to the left of the buildings on the left…and Allah Ta’ala knows best…

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…a patient and orderly queue waiting for food being distributed…the line kept moving for about an hour…SubhanAllah…reminding of how food kept increasing when the Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam made Du’a over it…interestingly…there were some who tried to jump the queue but were quickly told to go to the end and were refused the meal…sisters, who were few in numbers anyway, were told to go to the right and were served immediately…

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…and link to developments in Makkah…

The government is exploring the possibility of adding four more floors in future and a mechanized circumambulation facility, in addition to shading over the mataf and the roof.

third phase of the Mataf expansion 

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.