Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, EID, Makkah al-Mukarramah, Ramadhan 1430

between then…and now…

By In

…moments of absence…absent moments….


So I swear by the glow of sunset, and by the night and all that it enshrouds..(84:16-17)

By the morning hours, and the night when it is stillest…(93:1-2)

I swear by Time, Verily man is in loss, Except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, urge one another to truth, and patience and constancy. (103:1-3)

Blessed Prophet said: Allah Ta’ala has seventy veils of light and darkness; were He to lift them, the august glories of His Face would burn up everyone whose eyesight perceived Him. (Iman Ghazzali translation) [This Hadith came to mind after seeing this photo, that was quickly snapped the morning we performed Umrah. The Ka’aba seems to have dissolved into the nothingness of LIGHT! SubhanAllah!]

‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-Aziz Rahmatullahi alaihi said: ‘Night and day are ever working on you, thus work in them.’

Imam as-Shafi’i Rahmatullahi alaihi said: Time is like a sword; if you do not slay it, it will slay you.

Time passes naturally, ends automatically, so whoever is not aware of his soul, his time will be lost, his loss will be great,and his regrets will be severe.

How will he feel when he realizes, when his loss becomes certain, the magnitude of what he has lost?

And when he seeks going back and finds it impossible to regain what he has lost? For how can yesterday be returned in a new day?

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud RadhiAllahu anhu said: ‘I have never regretted anything as much as my regret over a day on which the sun sets and my life span decreases while my good deeds have not increased.’

One poet said: He loved the depth of nights neglected by the heedless

As if the shooting stars of the night were beautiful eyes.

Ibn Nubatah al-Sa’di said:

You who reproach me for exhausting myself

And enduring sleeplessness in the darkness of night

If a man aspires to the highest summits

Then the least of losses will be good sleep.

Any moment you are negligent
in remembrance of Allah
is a moment spent in denial of Allah,

said the Master of Sultan Bahu

Ahmad Shawqi, an Egyptian poet said:

One’s heartbeats say to him:

Life is but minutes and seconds.

Hence build for yourself a legacy after its death

For a man’s legacy is a second life.

Hasan al-Banna Rahmatullahi alaihi said: Whoever knows the real value of time knows life itself, for time is life.

What is past is not only a blur in reality as we know it, but it is gone!

And what is anticipated is unknown. We have but the minute in which we are living!

…moments of absence…absent moments….?


Above quotes taken from The Value of Time, and photos taken during these moments of absence. May by Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy not too many of these moments are recorded as ‘absent moments’


During this time Brother Noushad, who devotes much of his Madian time to capturing exquisite images of the Haramain, with Madinatun Nabi as the main focus, has made valuable use of his moments. His works truly radiate the awe and splendour of our hallowed lands. SubhanAllah! Not only has he just published a magnificent book of panoramic photographs:

but also now shares his art on his new site:

Click on images for details and allow the eyes of the heart to engage! Masha’Allah!

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.


  • ikramuddin Reply
    September 29, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Assalamualaikum dearest sister,

    Subhanallah! What a magnificent post! Ameen thuma ameen to your duas.

  • Umm Ayesha Reply
    September 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

    We wait for these moments and are never dissapointed. For how can we ever be dissapointed with reminders of the purpose of our Existence. May Allah swt bless you as the tears fill our eyes. xxxx

  • Nadia Siddique Reply
    September 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Asalamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
    dear ukhti

    SubhanAllah! The Most Merciful has “chosen” you to direct a much-needed message across!

    may He give us the strength to take heed to this message, Ameen, thumm Ameen.

    please remember this sister of your’s in duas.
    you were missed *grin* & *hug*
    Asalamu ‘alaykum

  • almiskenah Reply
    September 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Abu Ali and family, the spirit always flies when seeing you appear! May you all be graced with beauty and light, Ameen.
    JazakiLlahu khairan Dear Umm Ayesha. May all tears that drop for our love for each other for the sake of our love for Allah Ta’ala be the means of attaining His Pleasure and ultimately His Vision, Ameen.
    *grins* & *hugs* to you and yours too Dear Sister Nadia. Indeed…strength and steadfastness in our Jihad on our nafs….so easily said. Yes, you were all missed too, but ‘things happen’ *grin*
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • Umm Ayesha Reply
    October 1, 2009 at 7:35 am

    ameen to your duas. In reality the tears are because of your reminder – so we weep at time gone, never to return, that is the real loss we feel. But pray we hold the time we have left preciously. AMIN

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