…SubhanAllah…just a few examples of the thousands of shapes of dust particles…
…this image is dust magnified millions of times…SubhanAllah!!!…click image for source…
…each and every minute dust particle holds the secrets of where it has been…what conditions is had been through…scientists can uncover every component accumulated on each particle… substances such as minerals, microfossils and pollen can be found on the surface of any given subject they may be studying…like a geological signature etched in each speck of dust…dust on an object can determine if it is authentically from a particular area, or a specific time in history…SubhanAllah!…how what we may consider a most insignificant aspect of creation makes the heart boom with the throb of an excited and uplifted Iman…SUBHANALLAH!!!
…our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: The dust of Madina is a cure from leprosy…read more here and here for the Bukhari chapter on the Virtues of Madinah…imagine what the Mubarak Dust of Madinah is composed of…love, compassion, mercy, kindness, gentleness, bravery, astuteness, virtuousness…all the beautiful noble qualities embodied in his perfect character…SubhanAllah…
…the spherical dust image above reminded me of cookies…batches of which have been baked of late…some on the day of a severe dust storm we had during the week which in turn stirred thoughts of the excessive presence of dust for those living in this City of Radiance and Mubarak Dust!!…wherein the correlation between dust, shapes and domestic activities evolved for this post…
…one may be excused thinking it a chore as the dust covers everything…but then the thought of it being an added blessing to all one does became the superior, and certainly less stressful, attitude…Insha’Allah you can join the dots
…Brown Circle Biscuits…which could be renamed as Dust Circle Biscuits…
125g butter, 50g sugar, 3 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk, 175g flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, vanilla, 50g choc chips or crystallized ginger, or chopped nuts, sultanas, chopped dates or whatever takes your fancy…with a fine dusting of Mubarak Dust of Madinah if possible!!
1. Cream butter, sugar and condensed milk; add essence.
2. Add dry ingredients and choc chips. Roll into small balls.
3. Place on baking tray lined with parchment. Flatten with a fork.
4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F/180C
…shared is a little counting/shape story written many many years ago as a tiny not yet two year old was helping to make ‘brown circle biscuits’…this was made into a book with dozens of brown cardboard circles cut out to play out the distribution of the ‘brown circle biscuits’…Insha’Allah you can do the same for little ones…changing names for loved ones they know making it more personal for them…
Maryam made many brown circle biscuits.
Each biscuit had four lines on it.
Maryam made these lines with a fork.
brown circle biscuit to Abu.
She did not give any to Yusuf.
Yusuf does not have any teeth yet.
Insha`Allah, when Yusuf has teeth Maryam will make him many brown circle biscuits.
brown circle biscuits on a plate for Uncle Nasser.
in an embroidered serviette for Grandma, and
in a paper bag for Grandpa, and
in a bowl for Uncle Paul.
7 Seven in a napkin for her friend Fatima.
on the sufrah for visitors.
And them Maryam quickly ate
9 Nine brown circle biscuits, when nobody was looking.
First she said Bismillah, and when she had finished she said Al-Hamdulillah. Because Maryam is a good Muslim girl.
She then put
brown circle biscuits in the biscuit tin.
Bilal asked for
biscuits, because he is a big growing boy.
in the freezer.
on the shelf,
in the cupboard, and
in a big box.
And Aunty licked the wooden spoon and the mixing bowl.
And the birdies had some crumbs.
Allah Ta’ala has given us everything to make brown circle biscuits.
Allah Ta’ala lets us eat them and lets us share them.
…the other shapes being made as the Mubarak Dust of Madinah swirls and floats, are oval brooches for various loved ones…
…some with felt…
…others with linen…
…a wonderful calming and therapeutic pass time for this humble speck…and Alhumdulillah for the addition of the gossamer Mubarak Dust which surely adorns each stitch…
Qadi ‘Iyad Rahmatullahi alaihi says, “One must respect the place… whose soil contains the body of the Master of mankind SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and from which the Deen of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger spread out… and the first earth that the skin of the Prophet touched after death. Its fragrance should be inhaled, and its residences and walls should be kissed.”
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.