Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Baqi Gharqad and death, construction

…breezy eastern morning stroll…

By In


Madinah eastern side 2014 April1

…Alhumdulillah a breeze is always blessedly welcomed in this City of Illumination and Light…especially as the weather is slowly edging towards summer…but Alhumdulillah early mornings around Ishraq are magically pleasant…the courtyards empty as pilgrims return to hotels…a serenity and calm is felt inwardly and seen outwardly…although sadly the chaos and squash is the norm during each of the three times sisters can visit Rowdha Shareef…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April2

Madinah eastern side 2014 April3

Madinah eastern side 2014 April4

…as one strolls and wanders…the heart undergoes several transformations…ideally this speck would love to maintain a balance…to practically apply what the mind may know but what, too often  the heart struggles with…the Green Palace is only a few months away from its demise…along with newer hotels behind it…as the eastern expansion project extends northward…Insha’Allah the hope of the opportunity of taking photos from top floors of the hotel before it is no longer arises…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April5

…gradually the project encroaches onto areas that only a few weeks ago were bustling with vendors

Madinah eastern side 2014 April6

…with the rattle and iiikkkkk iikkkkkk iikkkk of these mosquito-like giants pierce earth and rock, setting up a cacophony of vibrations throughout the area…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April7

…walking two long perimeters of the project seeking tiny openings for update shots…poking the camera lens through narrow spaces where Haram fence meets columns…there are not many…and numerous sleeping bodies lining this fence limited access even more…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April8

Madinah eastern side 2014 April9

…bravely approaching this entrance to site, politely requesting the security guard, who was sitting in a little box just to the right of this photo, if I could sneak one photo…just one from the gateway…MAMNOU’ MAMNOU’ HARAM HARAM…just what is the secrecy? We all know engineers and site workers are sharing so many photos on the net…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April10

…onward along this entire blue fence determined to find a way to take a few photos…there was a gateway for trucks and vehicles, but with five security guys waving me asking was not an option…oh to be male!!!

Madinah eastern side 2014 April11

…then…a spy hole…just big enough to insert the lens…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April12

…so as one can see months and months of work and foundations are still being prepared…surely the entire expansion is years and years away…not the unrealistic two years as had been stated when plans were originally revealed…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April14

…while parallel to this blue fence where MAMNOU’ MAMNOU’ HARAM HARAM was being yelled is the fence of Jannatul Baqi where the same sounds were being yelled at pilgrims seeking to view inside…where not so long ago one could stand on the ledge to see inside…but no…obviously this gaze is Bid’ah, especially for sisters where this is the only access to see inside…so now a car blocks the pathway, haia guys and police sit, the famous red and white tape cordons off the area…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April15

…with one haia brother demanding that no one can pass…even if their hotel is beyond…they are made to walk back a long distance to use the opposite side of the road along the blue fence…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April16

…the prohibited section ended here…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April17

…so those wishing to view inside walked the extra distance to access the ledge further away from the Masjid…the newly installed benches assisted one to climb onto the ledge…Alhumdulillah!!!! …one wonders how long it will before the red and white tape extends this far…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April18

…strolling back towards the Masjid is the resplendent view of the Dome of Felicity and the Ottoman Minaret…bringing solace back to the heart…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April19

…the glassy mirrored expanse leading to Bab Baqi magnetizes one to the focus the heart should never falter about…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April20

…demanding that the attention to all the red taped MAMNOU’ spaces may attempt to block us on a physical level but never…never can our spiritual connection be hindered…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April21

…may all hearts be saturated by the exquisite perfume emanating from the Mubarak Hujrah…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April22

…such fragrance know no boundaries…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April23

…or restrictive practices…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April24

…reminders are present… from the diligent work of the brass cleaners…may our diligence to polishing the heart be as industrious…

Madinah eastern side 2014 April25

…may Allah Ta’ala bring us all closer to Him through His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and assist us in all that may distract an intimate knowing…a passionate love affair…Ameen…

Allahumma Salli ‘alaa Sayyidina wa Maulana Muhammadin ‘adada maa fee ‘ilmillahi Salaatan daa’imatan bi dawaami mulk illah


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.


  • ali (England) Reply
    April 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Ah what a fine collection this week, extremely grateful. May he the blessed rub e muhammad(saw) protect the haremain e sharifayn as he did before us. dearest the red/white tape never unduly hinder thee lovers of the beloved. Salám to you and yours. I hope the ‘list’ has been presented of late a? the sacred rowdha e sharif.

    • almiskenah Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Brother Ali and family,
      Ameen thumma Ameen and JazakumuLlahu khaira.
      Yes the ‘list’ being read but usually in the courtyard at the Qiblah side facing the Dome of Peace as I find Rowdha Shareef way too distressing these days with the crowds and the way sisters are profiled. Insha’Allah I am soon able to present myself there but it is nigh on impossible to read anything actually in the Rowdha. The yelling and shouting pushing and shoving one is fortunate if two Rak’ats are offered without being stomped on or told to leave. Sad.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Shahida Al-Ahad Reply
    April 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Salaam alaikum ,

    So comforting, soothing and uplifting to see your post today. I’m really missing madinah ever so much. Thank you so much once again, for taking the time, effort and trouble of brining madinah to us – I wish I could find words to express my gratitude and what your blog means to my broken heart.

    I was in madinah a week ago alhamdulilah; being back ‘home’ doesn’t feel right. Miss being in blessed madinah like never before :'(

    Please mention this sinners name to The Beloved.

    May Allah reward you in abundance.


    • almiskenah Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Shahida and family,
      appreciation for your appreciation and for your time in commenting. Many would hear what you are saying. Separation is hard enough on the Dunya level let alone when it is with our most Blessed and Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. So often as I meet with many who have been invited the bitter sweet emotions are very hard to witness as people come with such excitement and effervescent love but then soon the day comes when they must leave. And even though many of us are here as guests we too never know if Allah Ta’ala has written our departure date. My greatest Du’a is that my departure date is written for here and I am carried to Jannatul Baqi, Ameen. Insha’Allah we see you and yours this coming week 🙂
      Much love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Umm Mahmoud Reply
    April 4, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Assalaamu aleikum dear sis
    What lovely pictures, ma sha Allah. I think the new mamnou’ area by al-Baqi’ is where my daughters and I stood with a bunch of Shia ladies to get a glimpse of the graveyard. A few of them glared at us, but one ushered us forward to get a better view once she was done. Do you know who is buried in that particular part of al-Baqi’? I’m still curious, and didn’t want to ask the hai’a guy who eventually shooed all of us away…

    • almiskenah Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Umm Mahmoud and family,
      yes, not that long ago sisters could stand on this lower and closer ledge, but like so many things here the MAMNOU’ brigade are becoming louder and stronger and determined to keep everyone at great distances from places that send ripples through the heart. Please keep making du’a for the Haramain.
      From this place one could look over to see Sayyidna Uthman RadhiAllahu anhu’s resting place and just to the left is the grave of Halima, may Allah Ta’ala bless and elevate her station. If you go to the Baqi category there are maps and photos of the various positions of the known residents.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Asiyah Reply
    April 4, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Please make dua that we may be invited to the Mubaarak place soon……. (I cant wait) :))

    Much Love and dua,

    • almiskenah Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Asiyah,
      Ameen, Insha’Allah may this be possible soon. So easy for Allah Ta’ala. Keep up with intentions 🙂
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • saimah Reply
    April 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

    tears welling up in my eyes as I type this to let u know how much I enjoyed this stroll with u!!!Woe to the barriers myself creates for me!!! Woe to the distance my nafs drags me… away from this Abode of Felicity!! Duas Requested
    walaikumusalam wa rehmatuAllah. jumah mabarak dearest sister

    • almiskenah Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      We can all relate to these monstrous barriers Dearest Sister Saimah! May Allah Ta’ala see that we see them and see that we do make efforts to barge through them. Much love and Du’a to all of your dearest ones, including those already taken back to their Rabb,
      Wassalamu alaikum

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