Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, Rambling, virtual tours

…bash bang rubble dust crash boom…

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…so…if you follow that road straight down away from this photo, which was taken in the Hajj of January 2007…that is where I walked from yesterday in a 45+degree scorcher sizzling sun…all for you!!! I needed to escape the tedium of restoring the blog that has consumed my life of late…somewhat crazy venturing out in such conditions but its amazing what one does for blog readers he he he…the sky was truly amazing…changing from beaten bronze to soft pink haze to beams of silver puncturing clouds…with a final dramatic flourish of fire as Maghrib approached…

…the place was deserted…no other crazies wandering around in searing temperatures…plus this is the narrow window between Ramadhan and Hajj with minimum people about…the garden in the foreground is Saqeefa…(so many posts in the archives if you google ‘saqeefa almiskenah’ if you so desire to learn.see more…sorry a sort of post sun stroke dumbness has hit what is left of a sizzled brain so am avoiding searching for links)

…I stopped at that communication mast you see in the distance (more in another post Insha’Allah)…some of you will recall that I have mentioned in the past that is the approximate location where Bilal RadhiAllahu anhu’s house was, and Allah Ta’ala knows best…then passed the Musalla area then walked on the road parallel to the right of the main one seen here…to where you can see the library (the building surrounded by the white arches with the garden to its left)…or what was the library…as it is now an abandoned building…a dried up garden…all soon be reduced to rubble and dust for the sake of the new King Abdullah Masjid expansion project…

Madinah from western courtyard 2014 b

…here you see the library to the left behind the orange bus through the walkway of this building which has never been completed…and also is earmarked for demolition…I still cannot comprehend the sheer scale of this expansion…actually the intimate size of a qabr in Jannatul Baqi has far greater appeal than witnessing the final reality of the projected design…may Allah Ta’ala’s mercy see my intention…Ameen Ameen Ameen…

Madinah from western courtyard 2014 a

…a slight shift of view to the right you can see beyond to the shell of what was a functioning hotel…

Madinah western expansion before after2

…which is now temporarily acting out what it may be like to be the Leaning Tower of Pisa…I think the imploding met with a slight hitch as it has fallen on the next building rather than gone straight down as they normally should…the library waiting to be detonated to the far right …

Madinah western expansion before after3

Madinah western expansion before after1

…I found the sight of these garments for sale…covered in dust to be surreal…

…just after taking this photo my camera decided to misbehave…which it has been doing for some time…I think it needs a new battery or is yelling at me for taking it out in a suffocating swelter…so the phone was taken out for the remaining shots…Alhumdulillah for these versatile devises…

Madinah western expansion before after4

…see the theatrical sky…SubhanAllah…so moving forward…corner of the library seen to the left…

Madinah western expansion before after5

…to the rubble and dust of all that remains of the hotel that, below, is covered in a green protective cover as it was under construction not that long ago in May 2008…note Sulai’ just behind the machine…one wonders if this will finally be crushed…the local story being that it has survived this long because it is the home of Jinn…Insha’Allah friendly ones…it is mentioned in Hadith related to when the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would come to this area as it was the race track for the training of the horses for Jihad…



…this was the hotel…just one year ago…while peeking through the foliage from Saqeefa…

Madinah western expansion before after7

…it’s twisted remains to the left of this next building waiting the same fate…how glittery it was…such is the much do we reflect?

Madinah western expansion before after6

…this group of almost extinct specimens being stripped of whatever can be salvaged before being detonated…

Madinah western expansion before after9

…this is where I visited on two different occasions two of the most loved sisters…one here for Hajj with extended family…the other with her dear father for Umrah…Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu…trying to imagine this will eventually be part of the Masjid is nigh impossible to get the head around…

Madinah western expansion before after10

…will such features be saved and recycled???


the building the labourers are working on is the one on the left of the curved one…one used to be able to clearly see Jabal Sala’ from here…


and from there to look towards the minarets of Masjid Nabawi…the curved hotel to the right…I recall it was called Al Kareem…

Madinah western expansion before after11

…this is the skeletal monster project that now blocks that view…Jabal Sala’ behind this…but wait…is this too a doomed project? there has been no sign of workers there for some time and the information board has been stripped of details?? Allahu Alum…

Madinah western expansion before after12

…it continues way back to where Masjid Sabaq was…see race track link…

Madinah western expansion before after13

…Saqeefa on the left…what is its fate?? the group of buildings about to be part of the massive bash bang rubble dust crash boom…as the sun dramatically exits for another day…and this speck wanders to Haram for Maghrib…Alhumdulillah for the constancy of Allah Ta’ala’s Signs…

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.


  • Muhammad Husnain Reply
    August 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Subhan Allah.
    and great working & Nice Site for Islamic Picture i really appreciate admin work.

    • almiskenah Reply
      August 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Alhumdulillah…the admin appreciate your appreciation. JazakumuLLahu khaira Brother Muhammad Husnain,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Abu Arifa Reply
    August 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Salaams Sister,
    There is a famous saying about venturing in the midday sun, but I won’t repeat it here as it would be an insult to you, I only mention it to praise your sacrifice and efforts for this blog and its followers. May Allah reward your efforts.
    Truly amazing the progress on the expansion work and how many hotels, some quite recently built to 5 star standards, have fallen or awaiting their demise. Saqifah is another question mark, but alas I think that too will be gobbled up in the expansion, what a great loss, and for me a big regret that I only discovered it on my last trip, and will it be there for my next only Allah knows. Keep up the very good work.
    By the way, I have stopped getting alerts for new posts, I thought it may be related to your blog problems, I did try re-subscribing, but doesnt seem to have works. Any help please.

    • almiskenah Reply
      August 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Abu Arifa,
      oh I know that Noel Coward song all too well 🙂 and it often creeps into mind when in the heat, but I think there is a huge different between an English mid day sun to that of here…maybe 20 degrees? Although I see England had some heat recently!
      The demolition of so many hotels seem like a weird movie that one waits for the end to walk back into reality to see it was all fiction…but sadly it is not.
      Insha’Allah somehow Saqeefa is untouched. Activists would be having sit ins…but of course being here one would soon be arrested…so its only the heart that can have such radical ideas.
      You are not the first to alert me to the lack of alerts. I will look into it, but truly, blog related tasks are consuming so much time of late that I have had to step back for a few days. Insha’Allah I will see what the glitch is…always something as I too notice the buttons for other social sharing sites have also disappeared. Reality is stranger than fiction!
      JazakumuLLahu khaira for your comments.
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • Abu Arifa Reply
        August 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        Salaams Sister, I read somewhere, the midday sun refers to the days of the English Raj, so midday in India not England. But still I know the Saudi midday sun would be far more unbearble. Keep up the good work. May Allah reward you fully in both worlds and fulfill your every wish , maybe even lend a hand with your blog resurrection :-}

        • almiskenah Reply
          August 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
          yes, you are correct…read the interesting wikipedia entry re this song 🙂
          Ameen Ameen Ameen for your encouraging Du’a. Alhumdulillah for Allah Ta’ala’s assistance all along the way…and even for the trial of this tedious work. I have learnt from this steep learning curve to try and not dabble in ‘procrastination’ 🙂 I will not say ever again, but Insha’Allah maybe less when it comes to things I feel are in the ‘too hard basket’
          I reset the subscription settings, even though there did not seem to be anything different, and Alhumdulillah the social icons seem to be back.
          Wassalamu alaikum

  • Ridhwana Reply
    August 29, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Dearest Miskeenah, hooked onto your blog… MashaAllah! Awesome!

    Imam Abu Hanifa R.A ruled, that it is makruh or common people to settle into the haramain as they will lose the true value of the sacredness of these blessed places..

    But I can see that AlhamduliLLah, you truly value every particle of the blessed lands mashaAllah 🙂

    Are you from the UK originally? Settled for good? What’s the story if it is not rude to ask..?

    • almiskenah Reply
      August 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Sister Ridhwana
      I feel I have been placed here to be purified…and Allah Ta’ala knows best.
      I am Australian. Insha;Allah it is my most fervent Du;a to become a resident of Jannatul Baqi, and once again Allah Ta’ala knows best. Expats can never be guaranteed of ‘settling’ here unfortunately.
      No, it is not rude to ask but too long to explain here. Maybe these will shed a little more light
      plus the ‘oz down under’ category has more info dispersed within all the posts.
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • Ridhwana Reply
        August 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

        SubhanAllah! What can I say…. Just overwhelmed! And I can truly say uhibbuki fiLLah! 🙂 xxx I pray that I am blessed with the opportunity of meeting you in person one day I.A 🙂

        You refer to almiskenah as the speck, but Allamah Rumi R.A said:

        ‘I am the dust on the path of Muhammad SallaLLahu Alayhi wasaLLam’

        So dearest speck, you are truly the envy of mankind, I humbly plead for your supplications on my sinful behalf, may Allah SWT reward you forever, aameeen xx

        • almiskenah Reply
          August 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

          Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
          JazakiLlahu khaira for your kindness Dear Sister Ridhwana. My supplications are merely those of a shameful sinner but may Allah Ta’ala see the wavering between love and hope of Him, Ameen.
          Wassalamu alaikum

  • Ahmad Reply
    September 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful photos masha’Allah. But sadly enough the collapsing building reminds one of 9/11, albeit with much difference in demolition techniques!

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