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.