Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Juma'ah Mubarak, Rabi'alAwwal 1431

carnival of lights, praise…and grasshoppers…

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The Haram courtyard these balmy evenings has become a festive ‘amusement park’. Holiday time across the Kingdom and Gulf States and the mild weather has an attractive appeal to a flood of visitors.

Children frolic in riotous merriment with an array of playthings to keep them amused. Chinese exporters must revel in the trade deals with the Kingdom! Various types of balls whizz by bonking many on the head, flying onto picnic rugs spilling drinks. Brightly lit flying saucers are projected high in the air to be followed by a scampering child retrieving it, various wheel devices attached to feet send wobbly bodies crashing here and there, colourfully lit guns produce spurts of bubbles, light sabre wands flash with gusto, a melodic Ya Taiba rings out from yet another luminous light sphere. And if this is not enough to dodge and try to focus on the sacredness of where you are amidst the squealing and hyped frivolity…

…then the invasion of grasshoppers adds to the mayhem…or maelstrom, a carnival maelstrom…because too bad all this continues during Salat!

I am all for children enjoying themselves, but there is a time and a place and basic rules of respect for trying to prevent themselves and/or their missiles from disturbing others. The watchful eye of family seems to be far from the jubilant antics of the children…

…so for those without any toys for their amusement, the defenseless grasshoppers provided hours of entertainment…there seemed to be competitions as to who could stomp on the most, or who could collect the most, putting them in bottles, then throwing the contents on others producing hysterical shrieks…imagine you were here this eve of Juma’ah…

…a pile of the flying saucer things…sold by eager entrepreneurial small boys, when not being chased by the police…

…the wands…pity they are decorated with pictures of cartoon and pop characters.

It was with great relief to wander away from the ‘carnival’ in the sisters section to the more sublime carnival of the heart, to remain in the peace and contemplative side of Haram for an extended time. [Photos purposefully ‘impressionistic’]

Click on each of the following photos for a selection of clips expressing praise and salutations upon our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.

note the light wand!

Not sure what caused this effulgence of LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! SubhanAllah, obliteration!

A very belated, while already in some parts of the world a too late


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.


  • Bashrat Hussain Reply
    February 20, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Another great post sister.

    Talking about the children prancing around all over the place, I want to relate a story I heard from a scholar. A Governor of Al Madina Al Munawwarah was petitioned that kids should be banned from Masjid an Nabavi as they create a lot of mess and spoil the carpets inside the Masjid. So the Governor decreed that from henceforth, Kids would be banned from entry into the Masjid.

    That night as he slept the Holy Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam appeared in his dream. Looking angry, the Holy Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam admonished the Governor for his decree and declared “Remove your carpets from my Masjid. We do not need your carpets. The children of my Ummah are dearer to me.”

    The Governor sought forgiveness for the mistake and when he woke, he immediately withdrew his decree.

    From this we may deduce that what goes on with the kids messing about etc, this is accepted by the Holy Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. After all it’s in the nature of a kid to act so.

  • Myesa Reply
    February 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Asalam Alaikum Sister Almiskeenah,

    Your post is beyond words, it creates a beautiful feeling of qurbat to Madinah Munawarah and to the King of Madinah SalAllahu Alahi Wasallam. In this blessed month, for someone like me, your posts mean a lot. They mean my life to me. My life runs by reading your posts and I look forward to reading more of your posts during this month of Nur. Your doing a wonderful job and may Allah Ta’ala bestow his love and mercy upon you. May the karam of Rasool Allah SalAllahu Alahi Wasallam shower upon you and your loved ones. Ameen.

    Please do let me know of more nasheeds as these ones are just beautiful! Especially Ya Safwat ar-Rabbi Undhur ilaa Qalbi.

  • Umm Ayesha Reply
    February 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu dearest sister. Alhamdulillah for this post of LIGHT. It certainly feels like Rabial Awwal has truly entered and been felt Masha’Allah and you included something for everyone hearts to enjoy the diverse ways of praising the beloved sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Just going to sing at a mawlid this afternoon. Singing runs in the family. (hint to one of your links) lol I pray one day we can make mawlid together in madina in some quiet corner or room. AMIN

  • almiskenah Reply
    February 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Bashrat,
    JazakumuLlahu khaira for sharing this dream. Interesting as I have others relay dreams that ‘scholars’ (not named in the narrating) have had with the opposite being said to them from the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam about the Akhlaq in and around Haram, where they have seen him distressed by the lack of manners, not only in children, but in adults too. Allahu ‘Alum.
    I agree to a certain extent that children need the opportunities to express themselves and ‘be kids’ but as I mentioned I feel there is a time and a place for certain behaviour and I do not think that while Adhan or the Fardh Salat is being read that this is the time for children to be running riot and screaming and jumping on others. it is our duty as Muslims to impart the basics of Tarbiyah and to teach the children that they are in the second most holy of Masjids, and that certain Adab is required from them.
    That evening I was with a friend and her two small boys, under four. They were the only ones I could see who were dressed in a Sunnah way, and even given their very young age, they stood in the Saff during Salat…admittedly, they did their own Ruku and Sujud..countless times, but truly it was a comfort to the eyes…as distinct from being hit three times during the Salat by various ‘misslies’ LOL! The other issue is the respect we have for Allah Ta’ala’s creation…more so in Haramain, and no, it is not acceptable that one goes around deliberately killing, and teasing grasshoppers…or any other creature that may be in the courtyard…and then there is the rubbish issue…Hadith says that cleanliness is half of Iman…if we as adults are not serious about trying to impart this to children while they are in the Masjid then we will be accountable and asked how we have been concerned about the flag bearers of this Deen. The majority of children, and sadly adults just throw rubbish on the ground when rubbish bins are positioned all over the place.
    So, yes, let children be children and have fun, but also be responsible with outlining the boundaries of acceptable and not acceptable behaviour when it comes to being in the Masjid, and that includes the courtyard, as it an extension of Masjid Nabawi, and they are so close to our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. (and aside…I doubt if these chilcdren were invited to the king’s courtyard…or to be in his presence that they would behave in such a manner as is seen here…so where is the love for the Best of Creation SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…where are we failing in our duty?)
    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Sister Myesa,
    JazakiLlahu khaira for your generous words…Insha’Allah may your life run to our Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and our Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, my posting is so limited, their love and their adoration and praise is our intention and focus and brings unlimited Sakinah, SubhanAllah! Some of my favourite nasheeds are by Salim Bin Hafidz dan Alwi Al-Haddad, but it seems they are no longer available online, but only to purchase…sad. I will try to post others, Insha’Allah.
    Dear Umm Ayesha, Masha’Allah for attending a Mawlid and freeing the soul to praise, Alhumdulillah.
    Ameen to being together in a quiet corner with hearts uniting in love for our Blessed Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam 🙂
    And yes, this City of Radiance seems to be shining with an extra brilliance, SubhanAllah, tears fall contemplating the significance of the gift Allah Ta’ala bestowed upon us.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • saimah Reply
    February 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Dear sister
    a lot to think and ponder over in your last two posts. i fully agree with u on keeping and observing certain adab by young and adults alike.May we all heed,ameen.please pray especially for my younger sister it is a request.

  • almiskenah Reply
    February 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Oh that you were here again…I feel like some of your yummy *hugs* 🙂
    Insha’Allah am doing so, and I ask for some Du’a for my younger brother, Insha’Allah, specifically that Allah Ta’ala pierces his heart with Hidayah, Ameen Ameen Ameen to all younger siblings whatever their state.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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