Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…Makkah al Mukarramah::the still point…

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…finding that sublime still point, both within and without, is the supreme challenge with all that is happening in Makkah al Mukarramah now…

…may we all connect and submit to a still point of tranquility day and night, regardless of what the  the circumstances may be, Ameen…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…Insha’Allah with patience the busyness this speck is swirling in will soon pass and some normalcy may return to being able to attend to being in the land of blog…JazakumuLlahu khaira for your silent understanding…

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.

…Arafat Day in Masjid al-Haram…and Eidul Adha…

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EID MUBARAK EID SAEED EID KAREEM

…may Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy descend upon the Hujjaj as they offer their sacrificial animals…and also upon Muslims throughout the world as we recall the efforts of Nabi Ibrahim’s love for Allah Ta’ala over the love for his beloved son…may this be a stark reminder for us all as we turn out attention to these annual rites…and being mindful of the days of Tashreek…

…may Allah bless us all with blessings greater than the drops of blood that will fall…greater than the number of hairs on every animal sacrificed in His name…greater than collective Du’as made by the millions of Hujjaj…greater than the number of threads and stitches in the new Kiswa…Ameen…

and remember Allah during the numbered days…and fear Allah and know that unto Him you will be gathered. (2:203)

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…JazakiLlahu khaira to K for her ‘sacrificial sheep’…excuse my lack of content but being away from home is proving difficult to access a good connection…

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.

…20th Ramdhan in Makkah::two…

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…the incomplete dome with minaret in the background…

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…piles of the new olive green carpets…

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…the back entrance…tunnels have been constructed through the mountain to link residential hotel areas to the Masjid…

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…mirror shine…reminiscent of Bilqis walking on what she thought was water…

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…the maintenance for this massive expansion will be on an incredible scale…

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…work continues as part of the new section is open…

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…Jabal Umar towers behind the Intercontinental…apparently some are now open and occupied for Ramadhan…

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…newly laid marble…so shiny and very slippery…

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…the side view of the Expansion…another minaret in progress…

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…the Jabal Umar project…new ablution blocks to the right…

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…the drop off point underground for all the private families offering Iftar…police were coordinating the traffic…allowing each vehicle a few seconds to unload…the pace was super fast…imagine the scene where all of this was packaged…families gathered as flasks filled with coffee and tea and dates put into containers…SubhanAllah!!!

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…patience…every where and everyone and every stage…patience…

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…another private collection point…obviously waiting to be given the green light to move to their designated place…

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…the official establishments were delivering cartons about one hour before Iftar…

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…hundreds of brothers helping in distinct uniforms…

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…this is not a rubbish cart but plastic bags full of the plastic drinking cups…these carts were zipping back and forth distributing the cups to all the outdoor sufrahs…

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…brothers lay the carpets in the sisters area…

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…SubhanAllah these sisters…totally covered…in 40+ degree heat!!! as they spread the sufrah, place the cartons on it to prevent the wind from blowing it all over the place…then nearer the time for Iftar they systematically open the cartons…with assigned ones collecting them on her head to dispose of…then distribute the individually pre-packed boxes to the thousands who eventually squashed into this sectioned off space…truly the efforts by all are astounding…may Allah Ta’ala reward them over and over as they serve the faithful for the entire month…

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…sneaking a shot before Esha with phone…

…a speedy journey to perform the equivalent of a Hajj with our Beloved Prophet…and a speedy post as I need to keep to my Ramadhan targets as the days speed by…may your final days and nights with this Mubarak guest be blessed and filled with radiance and be the means of keeping you and yours away from the fire…Ameen…

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.