…moments of absence…absent moments….
So I swear by the glow of sunset, and by the night and all that it enshrouds..(84:16-17)
By the morning hours, and the night when it is stillest…(93:1-2)
I swear by Time, Verily man is in loss, Except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, urge one another to truth, and patience and constancy. (103:1-3)
Blessed Prophet said: Allah Ta’ala has seventy veils of light and darkness; were He to lift them, the august glories of His Face would burn up everyone whose eyesight perceived Him. (Iman Ghazzali translation) [This Hadith came to mind after seeing this photo, that was quickly snapped the morning we performed Umrah. The Ka'aba seems to have dissolved into the nothingness of LIGHT! SubhanAllah!]
‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-Aziz Rahmatullahi alaihi said: ‘Night and day are ever working on you, thus work in them.’
Imam as-Shafi’i Rahmatullahi alaihi said: Time is like a sword; if you do not slay it, it will slay you.
Time passes naturally, ends automatically, so whoever is not aware of his soul, his time will be lost, his loss will be great,and his regrets will be severe.
How will he feel when he realizes, when his loss becomes certain, the magnitude of what he has lost?
And when he seeks going back and finds it impossible to regain what he has lost? For how can yesterday be returned in a new day?
‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud RadhiAllahu anhu said: ‘I have never regretted anything as much as my regret over a day on which the sun sets and my life span decreases while my good deeds have not increased.’
One poet said: He loved the depth of nights neglected by the heedless
As if the shooting stars of the night were beautiful eyes.
Ibn Nubatah al-Sa’di said:
You who reproach me for exhausting myself
And enduring sleeplessness in the darkness of night
If a man aspires to the highest summits
Then the least of losses will be good sleep.
Any moment you are negligent
in remembrance of Allah
is a moment spent in denial of Allah,
said the Master of Sultan Bahu
Ahmad Shawqi, an Egyptian poet said:
One’s heartbeats say to him:
Life is but minutes and seconds.
Hence build for yourself a legacy after its death
For a man’s legacy is a second life.
Hasan al-Banna Rahmatullahi alaihi said: Whoever knows the real value of time knows life itself, for time is life.
What is past is not only a blur in reality as we know it, but it is gone!
And what is anticipated is unknown. We have but the minute in which we are living!
…moments of absence…absent moments….?
Above quotes taken from The Value of Time, and photos taken during these moments of absence. May by Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy not too many of these moments are recorded as ‘absent moments’
During this time Brother Noushad, who devotes much of his Madian time to capturing exquisite images of the Haramain, with Madinatun Nabi as the main focus, has made valuable use of his moments. His works truly radiate the awe and splendour of our hallowed lands. SubhanAllah! Not only has he just published a magnificent book of panoramic photographs:
but also now shares his art on his new site:
Click on images for details and allow the eyes of the heart to engage! Masha’Allah!
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.