Category Archives: Makkah al-Mukarramah

…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.

…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.