Makkah al-Mukarramah, Ya Rabb

…Bakka ambling…

By In



The first House established for mankind was that at Bakka, a place of blessing and guidance for all beings. (3:96)

…regardless of the massive changes Allah Ta’ala’s Divine Speech remains till the End of Times…His House is still in the very same valley…where long ago mountains converged…they have been replaced by thousands of man made converging mountains of sorts…supported upon the sturdy underground ‘pegs’…SubhanAllah…as one rambles in and around the winding maze of the Mataf and King Abdullah expansion  projects it is easy to forget the essence of the above Ayat…it is still and always will be a place of blessing and guidance…despite the congestion…despite the haranguing… despite the pushing and shoving…despite being turned away from door upon door…despite the outward hardships and physical appearances…the spiritual truths and promises are there to be tasted Alhumdulillah…the heart also needs to reflect on how our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam spent thirteen years instilling the foundations of Iman upon the first Muslims…so Insha’Allah during whatever moments we are blessed with while being in Mubarak Bakka our efforts to stir the Iman are increased…


…grand…the current entrance to the King Abdullah section…an excellent place to find relative peace and quiet for Nawaful Ibadah…


…enter from this courtyard which is opposite the Jabal Umar complex and the Intercontinental hotel…both ideal places to stay if one can afford the rates…as their location to the new section is so accessible and avoids the chaos of the overcrowded side where construction blocks many of the major entry points…


…huge expanses were virtually empty…but then if you are hoping for views of BaituLlah then this is not possible here…


…access from the Mataf is currently through these temporary corridors…deafening construction noise streams from either side…and it is quite a walk…

Makkah 2015 April7

…direct access was blocked…barriers were erected for a long distance before one could actually enter the serene carpeted prayer areas…Insha’Allah it is projected that by Ramadhan the majority of the structural work should be completed…

Makkah 2015 April3

…an unusual capture through a perspex window looking down upon the new Mataf section beside the King Abdul Aziz gate…ginormous!!!…


…as are the long Zamzam drinking facilities…


…*he he he*…

Makkah 2015 April17

…second floor Sa’i…electric chairs can be hired on the top floor…currently SR50…


…space saving storage racks for the thousands of folding chairs…love the ‘re-chair’ expression…

Makkah 2015 April18

…some of the rebuilt domes in original Ottoman style…(JazakumuLlahu khaira to Abu Arifa for edit suggestion)

Makkah 2015 April21

…interesting clicks from the Abraj al Bayt…the linear angles and contrasts of positive and negative spaces fascinate…*chuckles* in response to the photographer on the left…


Makkah 2015 April15

Makkah 2015 April16


…view of the back of the palace complex from the hotel window…pity some of the huge empty spaces cannot be allocated to ease the accommodation woes of many pilgrims…

Makkah 2015 April13

…the sand storm haze…

Makkah 2015 April12

…another hazy view of a section of the palace compound from the hotel window…

Makkah 2015 April19

…zooming along the Hijrah Highway…muted tones throughout the entire journey…Alf ShukriLlah for all conditions and all opportunities and experiences…

…Ya Rabb…grant us contentment for all You provide us with…You Only know what is the best for us…Insha’Allah bless us all with a steadfast Iman that clings to the heart…and assist us from wavering as conditions change…Ya Rabb show us compassion and forgive us our sins…and restore  honour the Muslim Ummah…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.

Makkah al-Mukarramah

…it is…

…it is…crowded…Alhumdulillah… …it is…a challenge…Alhumdulillah… …it is…noisy…Alhumdulillah… …it is…congested…Alhumdulillah… …it is…awesome…Alhumdulillah… …it is…SubhanAllah…Alhumdulillah… …it is…sacred…Alhumdulillah… …it is…grandiose…Alhumdulillah… …it is…stirring…Alhumdulillah… …it…

By In


  • Iffat Reply
    May 1, 2015 at 12:32 am

    As salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah. Grateful for these glimpses. Thank you, dear one. Love the re-chair too and the photography on the left! Rajab mubarak. Duas for you, and duas sought.

    • almiskenah Reply
      May 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Wa’alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Iffat,
      Ya Rabb Ya Lateef…that special connection is as string as ever…can never read the Taif Du’a without a heart smile rising towards you 🙂
      I truly am in need of your du’a these days. Insha’Allah the effect of them will soon be felt.
      Much love and du’a for you and yours,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • habibah Reply
    May 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    MashaAllah, Mecca has its own majestic beauty completely different from the atmosphere one feels in Madinah. I love all of these angles and unique perspectives, many albums of the Holy Cities seem to be all the same, mashaAllah I can imagine the many adventures and excitements you must have to bring these beautiful glimpses to us and I wish I could be with you on one of your photography sessions.
    Lol to the ‘photography is prohibited without permit’ sign, but what can be a more suitable permit than giving distant Muslims a glimpse of the Haramayn?

    Love and duas, please convey my salams to RasulAllah sallAllahua alayhi wa sallam.

    • almiskenah Reply
      May 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Habibah and family,
      yes, that sign really elicits a giggle…as you allude to, cyberspace is AWASH with zillions of photos from the Haramain. And it is true how a single image can deeply affect ones Iman.
      LOL to tagging along as I criss cross crowds, accost commandos (maybe a story to be told one of these times) defy being yelled at…on and on are the almost comical situations I have been in.
      Apologies for not replying to some of your previous comments…time been a tad tight so I made an executive decision to not go further back 🙂
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Abu Arifa Reply
    May 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Salaams dear Sister,
    I have been following your blogs and as previously advised, have been copying photos onto skyscraper city, which are really appreciated by the readers on that forum. May Allah accept your efforts and reward you with the best in both worlds.
    Just a comment on your Haram Makkah pictures, you say ‘….last of the Ottoman Domes being dismantled….’ are you being sarcastic 🙂 these are the rebuild ones ! They do look so much like the original, perhaps it’s because the workmen are turkish and therefore the style is so like the original ones.
    Keep up the good work.

    • almiskenah Reply
      May 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Abu Arifa,
      true appreciation for your efforts posting on Skyscrapercity! I recall reading a few weeks back you were asking about Saqeefa…it is now only open after Fajr…about 7am until a little before Adhan of Zuhur…but I think the gardeners follow their own timetable and so times are not strict. Allahu ‘Alum Sadly it is no longer open after Asr as it used to be, when to sit there in the gentle afternoon slow dipping of the sun was a treat.
      Should I delete the word ‘Ottoman’ then from this caption? No I was not being sarcastic…though AstaghfiruLlah there are times when I cannot control the fingers 🙁

      JazakumuLLahu khaira for your good work too.
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • Abu Arifa Reply
        May 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

        Dear Sister,
        Yes I’ve noticed the subtle mention sometimes in your words to other meanings in the past, so I thought when you said ‘dismantling’ I thought maybe there was a cheeky reference to all the furore when the original domes and porticos were being demolished. No the reference to Ottoman is fine, although some insist on Abbasi (I’m not an expert on the history, but Ottoman seems to be accepted by the majority), just the ‘dismantling of the last Ottoman domes’ should maybe read ‘some of the rebuilt domes in original Ottoman style’ just as a suggestion. I shall leave it to your literary superiority.
        I pray Allah keeps you in the best of health so your keen followers (and by extension, readers of skyscrapercity also,) may derive greatest benefit from your efforts.
        Please would you convey our families special salutations to Our beloved Prophet SAW if you remember, and may I request special duas for my daughter Arifa (hence my user name Abu Arifa) who is in the midst of her final year Pharmacy degree exams at the moment, and has recently been engaged to be married.
        As always, May Allah Almighty reward you for your efforts.

        • almiskenah Reply
          May 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

          Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
          Dear Abu Arifa,
          JazakumuLlahu khaira for the suggested edit…which I updated on the sight, and for your support.
          Masha’Allah for the heartening news you share about your daughter. May Tawfiq be written for her studies and her knowledge benefits all she assists. May happiness and contentment shower her married life and their shared journey to Allah Ta’ala be filled with love and respect, gaining favours all along the way, Ameen.
          Wassalamu alaikum

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