Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Hajj 1432

…back and forth…

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…back to early 2007 when the minarets of Masjid Nabawi can be seen just beyond the railing of the overhead bridge from near Masjid Bilal…

…while behind the bridge the massive foundations were being laid for Darul Qiblah…the above taken in May 2007 as referred to here

…then moving forward a few months the concrete shell rises…

…as seen in November 2007…

…when by February 2008 it has all but blocked the minarets as it fast becomes the largest building in the CBD…original post here

…and now, forward to December 2011…the facade seems to be almost complete…and no signs of the minarets…but signs of the yellow construction fence that contains the area to be prepared for the new replacement bridge, thus releasing more prime land for more hotels…

…this large expanse of asphalt has been a major thorough fare for the Hujjaj trekking back and forth to Haram from the older residential areas south-west of Haram…the minarets just visible between the buildings…back and forth, back and forth as diligent soldiers on patrol against Shaytan and the nafs…back and forth…and it is predominantly the elderly and the poor who are housed in the further away locations…Insha’Allah they gain more rewards for their arduous ‘back and forthing’…they seem to be like the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum who asked permission from our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam to move so they would be closer to Masjid Nabawi, but his wise reply was to remain where they were as they were accumulating more rewards for walking back and forth than the convenience of living nearby…

…the pusher in the above photo is loaded with plastic bags of grains and seeds for the pigeons…

…any empty area soon becomes an advantageous place for the poorer sisters to sell these bags to the passing pilgrims to feed the birds…and for the street vendors, who are banned from being closer to Haram due to the congestion and chaos they create when it is so crowded, to ‘set up shop’…meaning park the pick up truck laden with the usual trinkets…or spread a rug…or bash a table together from milk crates and scraps of wood…

…and while many throw the grains, just as many stoop gathering it! I read that some think that collecting the grains and seeds, cooking it and actually eating it they are receiving Barakah! Allahu’Alum!…witnessing the total lack of hygiene by the mainly scruffy itinerant vendors (spot the brother responding to the call of nature in this very area!!!! Truly!) not to mention the mess the pigeons make, one would surely be careful with consuming this  grain which is usually of inferior quality anyway…

…this hut has so far managed to survive the clutches of progress…it is still a hub for fried pakoras and samosas and a ‘tea garden’…a popular place for pilgrims to congregate, drink tea, socialize and rest between their back and forth journeying…

…serious shopping exploits…

…bargaining and finding that special gift to take back to loved ones…

…one of the ‘kitchens’ behind the stalls…

…a group of Kurdish pilgrims on their way to Haram…

…approaching the corner of the Darul Qiblah building, the second on the left…with our Beloved Jabal Uhud in the distance…shining in the pleasant and mild Madinah winter sun…

…as does the Abode of Felicity forever shine in the heart regardless of what any external condition may be present…where, all who have ever been blessed to grace this Sanctuary, desire to invited back and forth…back and forth…coming and going…Insha’Allah…back and forth…until the oscillation finally stops beside the Kawthar with HabibuLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Ameen Ameen Ameen…

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…but the most flabbergasting of ‘back and forths’ was the announcement in today’s daily that today was NOT the 9th of Muharram…but the 8th!!!!!!!!!! no ooopsie sorry…no ooopsssie we have made a mistake…no…nine days into the new year we are abruptly told that the 10th Muharram will be Tuesday and not tomorrow, Monday! For almost a week of the new year we have been a day out! Too bad for those who made the intention to fast, and too bad for those who did fast thinking it was the 9th…and too bad for those supplying Iftar in Haram…because not everyone reads a newspaper…and anyway some newspapers still had today as being the 9th!!! How many times have such ‘back and forth mistakes’ have been hatched in these lands?? Too many! *rant over* AstaghfiruLlah…

…may all Muharram fasting be full of Barakah, 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.

6 Comments

  • Bashrat Hussain Reply
    December 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    salaam dear,

    Mashallah, bringing back some really pleasant and beautiful memories of hajj. jazakallah dear sister. just one question, you know the tareeq al malik al fahad, how come it was closed and there was construction going on? any ideas what they are making there?

    wasalaam

  • Asiyah Reply
    December 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum,
    Dear Aunty,
    I always find the after hajj posts and pictures interesting!
    And Alhamdulillah on our calendar Ashoora was marked on Tuesday so we fasted then.
    Jazakallah for sharing,
    Wassalaam
    XXXXX

  • Haris Reply
    December 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I remember seeing a photo from one of the rihla trips a few years ago, where the Imam of Masjid Bilal was with Sheikh Hamza Yusuf. Is the same imam still there?

  • almiskenah Reply
    December 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Brother Bushrat, oh dear these comments seemed to have got lost in the pile! They are constructing the First Ring Road…previously all traffic jammed in Sitteen St… Insha’Allah when it is complete then the chaos will be lessened and the safety of pilgrims crossing that area will be better.
    Alhumdulillah for your Istiqama with fasting Dear Bint Asiyah.
    Dear Brother Haris, not knowing the photo you are referring to then I am not sure. Insha’Allah I could ask the names of the Imams which may help…or do you have a link to the photo?
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • Ahmed Reply
    December 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Salam, my dad went on hajj in the 1972 and he said he managed to visit the grave of prophet salalah hu alayhi wasallam’s father in madinah shareef, he said that it was really close to masjid e nabvi but that place has now been incorporated into the new extension. Do you know if they have move the grave and if so where?

  • almiskenah Reply
    December 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Wa alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Brother Ahmad, Allahu ‘Alum I have been told that the noble place is incorporated into the marbled courtyard near Masjid Ghamama. As to whether the remains were moved or not I am not sure. Insha’Allah I could try to find out.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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