Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah

…and thus it is that time goes by…

By In

Time is endless in Thy hands, my Lord.
There is none to count Thy minutes.

Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers.
Thou knowest how to wait.

Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.

We have no time to lose,
and having no time we must scramble for a chance.
We are too poor to be late.

And thus it is that time goes by
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it,
and Thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last.

At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest Thy gate be shut;
but I find that yet there is time.

Rabindranath Tagore

…and thus it was that time has gone by over these past weeks of absence from this space…time spent with loved ones who have since returned to their respective countries, Insha’Allah with vast supplies of Nur and Barakah to share with all they reunite with…

…meanwhile a small window of time opens…of trying to catch up before the arrival of others seeking solace in these Sacred Lands…and to offer a little sharing…

…newly installed light fixtures line many of the roads immediately surrounding Haram…

…pilgrims shop…may they find the gates are not shut at the end of the day…because thus it is that time goes by…

On the Day they see it, it will seem they lingered [in this life] an evening at most, or a morning. (79:46)

On the Day He gathers them together, it will be as if they have stayed  [in the world] no longer than a single hour, and they will recognize one another. (10:45)

…vendors crowd the area beside Jannatul Baqi where many shop while others, after Asr, pay respects to the residents within the Mubaark dust…

…as commandos, police and the Haia keep guard…

…especially of sisters who are faced with a shoulder to shoulder wall of uniformed security…

…entry to the viewing area for sisters is blocked very early after Asr once a maximum number is admitted…

…more the pity that the invasion of Sponge Bob is not blocked from entering Haram and the courtyard, which is an extension of Masjid Nabawi…children are not the only ones influenced by this trend, all manner of items are being worn, hanging around necks, on arms and feet, toys to occupy them while Salat is being offered, but adults too have it dangling from mobile phones and handbags!

…and thus it is that time goes by…and thus it is that time goes by…and thus it is that time goes by…

…during this time away I have witnessed some of the ugliest and most depressing scenes ever in and around Haram…may Allah Ta’ala instill within all who have accepted His most blessed invitation the realization that, unlike Tagore’s words, we can never be sure ‘that yet there is time’…


We have no time to lose,
and having no time we must scramble for a chance.
We are too poor to be late.

At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest Thy gate be shut;

O Allah, I ask You to grant me faith that dwells in my heart. And I ask You to grant me true certitude in belief so that I know that I will encounter only what You have preordained for me, and that whatever I have encountered would never have missed me, and that whatever I have missed would never have come about.

O Allah, the Living, the Eternal Controller and Sustainer of all things, Originator of the heavens and the earth. You are the Full Holder of all Majesty and Honour. There is no God but You. I seek refuge in Your Mercy.  Amend for me all my affairs, and surrender me not to my own self, not for even the twinkling of an eye.

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.


  • Iffat Reply
    April 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Ameen thumma ameen! …not even for a blink of an eye, indeed… what a wonderful surprise to see you return… Welcome back!

    SubhanAllah. … may the walls that veil us from the noble people of Baqi’ be removed, by His Grace… in both the seen and unseen realms.

  • Bashrat Hussain Reply
    April 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    “during this time away I have witnessed some of the ugliest and most depressing scenes ever in and around Haram”

    Sister one must take such things with a pinch of salt. This is expected in these modern times, all one can do is pray that Allah give them hidaaya.

    I have heard that security in the two Holy Cities has been beefed up, especially since the “Arab Awakening”. Also the incident of yet another dajjal declaring himself Mahdi in Masjid ul Haram in Makkah. Please shed some light.


  • saimah Reply
    April 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    ameen thuma ameen to all ur prayers dear sister. welcome back just thinking what ugly and depressing scene u must have witnessed hopefully they are not linked to hounding security persons targeting sisters or destruction of any mosque or monument!!!

  • Shahida Reply
    April 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Salaam alaikum Dearest Ukhti,

    So lovely to have you ‘back’. I grew up with Rabindhranath Tagore being quoted by my father and mother, but in their native language. Today I am able to appreciate in MY native language – Thank you so much for that! I love this line: At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest Thy gate be shut; but I find that yet there is time.

    May the GATE of the Habib always be open for us all until be meet him by the Hawd.

    Thank you SO very much for your blog.

    Please keep this sinner in your dua and convey our salaams to Habib,

    Much Love,

    Shahida 🙂

  • almiskenah Reply
    April 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dearest Sister Iffat,
    indeed…it feels great to be here once again, but how long is in Allah Ta’ala’s Master Plan 🙂 Ameen thumma Ameen to your Du’a, and Insha’Allah may our efforts eventually lead to ALL veils being lifted whereupon we are blessed with His Subhanahu wa Ta’ala Glorified Countenance, Ameen!
    ‘Be not heedless of the Lord for even the blink of an eye,
    Lest He directs His attention toward you, and find you unaware.’
    Dear Brother Bashrat, I appreciate your advice, but incidents seem to be far more prevalent and forever increasing…not just the ‘attitude’ of ‘security’ but of the Ummah in general while in our Holy Sanctuaries. Very trying and testing times, may Allah Ta’ala guide and save us all, Ameen.
    Dearest Sister Saimah, I hesitated when writing that sentence, and Allahu ‘alum maybe I should have been quiet…Insha’Allah by going public those who become aware of this cry can be steadfast in making Du’a for the Haramain and the state we are collectively in.
    Dearest Sister Shahida, a joy to see you appear again, and Ameen thumma Ameen to your concerned Du’as. Insha’Allah we all find ‘that yet there is time’….and be heedful of the transient nature of this existence and our lack of Amal Saliha, while sinking our hope in Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy as we beg for His forgiveness.
    I was introduced to Tagore, decades ago in my Jahaliyyah life, as a young teacher fresh out of college by a dear friend who had arrived from India and was flung into a western system of schooling the day after arriving. Quite a shock. Some years later she was one of three friends who took their lives all in the same year…her memory and Tagore are sweetly intertwined in my memory.
    I am conveying Salam from the Qiblah courtyard during these days and nights of mega crowds in Rowdha.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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