Malik related to me from Yahya ibn Said from Abu’l-Hubab Said ibn Yasar RadhiAllahu anhum that the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “Whoever gives sadaqah from good earning – and Allah only accepts the good – it is as if he placed it in the palm of the Merciful to raise it, as one of you raises his foal or young camel, until it is high like the mountain “
There is a sister here in this Radiant City who almost every day wheels a trolley from Ambariyyah to Masjid Nabawi which is full of breads, yogurt, dates and several giant flasks of Arabic coffee to be distributed in and around the Masjid. Her trolley is about one cubic meter. A ply wood structure built on the common trolleys seen around the Haramain for transporting Zamzam water, luggage and supplies to various shops. It is painted the same deep green as the Blessed Abode of Felicity. We met in the courtyard as she was handing bread to some of the cleaning staff. She is a well known identity and can be found at the same pillar in the eastern section for ladies, where she energetically is seen serving those near and far around Maghrib time. Like thousands, I have often been revived with sips of the pungent coffee and the sweetness of the dates she offers as Sadaqah. She was telling me she hopes for her rewards to be presented to her on the Yaumul Qiyamah. May Allah Ta’ala accept her admirable deeds, and may all she has ever fed be a witness to her charity. May every morsel and every drop she has given be placed in the palm of the Mercilful, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and be raised to become high like a mountain, Ameen.
After meeting her I walked towards the southern courtyard, passing by the continuing work along the eastern side adjacent to the Malikul Abdul Aziz door. It seems that it is not just the relaying of the marble slabs, but some underground work is being done also.
The late afternoon sun highlighting the brass features on the fence adds a golden glow to the permanent glow that illuminates the entire Universe from our Beloved Resident SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
Work was in progress with the second umbrella being prepared to be placed on the pillar in front of Bab Jibreel.
As the time was nearing for the Maghrib Adhan, the umbrella frame, once vertical was secured into a metal base until work could resume later. The umbrella project has provided an intriguing form of entertainment as every stage of the process. Brothers were crowded around watching the skill of all those involved, who must be well practiced after the installation of dozens of umbrellas now. Alhumdulillah.
My attempts at nudging closer and closer to Bab Baqi and the Muwajahah.
The ethereal glory of Maghrib, and the welcoming of another day as brothers head for Salat.
The umbrella closest to the Green Dome in place.
The painting of the main part of the Dome is complete, but being close to Maghrib the physical shine seen in the photos from the last post is not as obvious. Alhumdulillah, the inner shine forever remains; Assalatu wassalamu alaika ya Sayyidi ya Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. The lower rim at the base of the Dome was still to be painted.
No image could do justice to the clouds that stoop to bless the Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Mubarak City. A perpetually changing shawl enveloping all that the City holds, SubhanAllah.
A softness descends after the stark afternoon light, a gentleness that subdues any anxiety with a sublime serenity. Soak in it now, immerse the heart now! Sigh!
While the shadowy stillness of night seems to throws a protective shield over all, dramatically highlighting the umbrella’s spines….
…creating a web-like pattern in their density…
…and the Safar moon sits as silver cup, filled with an intoxicating mix that reminds us of the coming of Rabi ul Awwal, the first spring. Arousing the heart’s memory of the approaching time when Allah Ta’ala bestowed the best spring gift upon this Ummah, Mubashshir, the Bringer of Glad Tidings SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
For he was born to grace our Spring
With lilies, flowers, life’s rebirth
In a dome of green like his on earth
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.