THE HAJJ SEASON 1428
The Hajj is over for this year but the season continues for another few weeks as pilgrims continue to arrive and depart from this City of Light and Delight. The crowds are not as dense as before Hajj, but the thrill of being able to visit our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam adds to the permanent air of joy and smiles. Winter has finally arrived, such a contrast for the Hujjaj from the heat of Hajj. The scene now is one of Hujjaj wrapped in thick shawls, or newly acquired jackets that are being snapped up from the street vendors and shops.
One local brother has set up a makeshift cafe, tempting passers by with hot drinks from the large urn sending puffs of steam into the crisp air.
I have often uploaded photos of this overpass with the minarets of Masjid Nabawi just visible in the background and the building being constructed behind the bridge. The last time this building was just peeking over the bridge, now several floors have rapidly appeared. Soon the time will be when the minarets will no longer be seen from here. The pathway leading all the way to Haram from here is lined with temporary stalls and the ‘trolley sisters’, all hoping that rizq is written for them from this Hajj Season.
The couryard between Jannatul Baqi on the right and Masjid Nabawi to the left becomes a bustling bazaar in the warmth of the after Asr sun. Sounds of so many languages bargaining fill the space with an excited resonance….
….. Jabal Uhud sends calming vibes from the north, its warm glow adding to the mellow tones…
….while love and light embrace and are embraced.
The view from a room of a sister I was visiting…also overlooking Jabal Uhud, but also soon this will be blocked by the addition of yet more hotels….the ring road is seen here, delineating the dense inner central district surrounding Haram.
zooming in…beyond the ring road the typical suburban landscape.
Looking down from the seventh floor at the loading of a truck with luggage…..some companies send the luggage separate from the bus…
….the foundations for the next building on the opposite side of the street to where I was…
….a detail of the excavation….
….a sister with her trolley of fabric and clothing….they spend hours every day selling and then walking miles to their home pushing heavy loads….
….the view to the other direction…a line of hotels leading to Jabal Sala’ in the background. Traffic is constantly heavy in this central area.
Insha’Allah I will be back into a more regular blogging routine soon….am still enjoying the company of many visiting Hujjaj….just quickly sharing the above for the moment. May Allah Ta’ala’s bounteous blessings be surrounding you all, Ameen.
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.