Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Hajj 1432, Makkah al-Mukarramah

…chill and changes…

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…muddy puddles announce the arrival of winter in our City of Light and Radiance…blessings of rain and thunder were bestowed upon Madinatun Nabi…temperatures have suddenly plummeted to the lowest in years…

…after months of searing summer heat the chill has caught many unawares…and what were dust bowls have become murky tracts to negotiate…

…thousands of Hujjaj are still honoured in being neighbours to our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

…many are flocking to blanket shops where purchases are in bulk…returning to hotels with several of these balanced on their head…

…traders seem jubilant with the sales of warmer garments…amazing how the street vendors are so quick with displaying items to suit the conditions…jackets, gloves, shawls, beanies, hoodies and whacky ear muffs that so many of the brothers are wearing…one dominant design is of silver butterflies on a black background…

…the umbrellas remain open during the night…maybe to retain the warmth generated by the crowds…

…it hardly seems a few moments ago when the fans were spraying mist to cool the pilgrims…

…and many seem to be really feeling the chill…having arrived for a reasonably hot Hajj and not planning or prepared for such cold…

…nationalities seem to arrive in waves…the majority these past few days being Indonesian, Nigerian and many form the Sub Continent…

…the array of shawls creates an ocean of colour…while many seem to have borrowed the hotel blankets to wrap themselves in…sadly the poorer ones are using their Ihram sheets…brothers stand shivering as they wait for their women folk to return from Ziyarah…

…Nigerian sisters appear in distinguishing colours…waves of golden yellow…

…blues and purples…

…the northern courtyard is almost deserted due to the chill…

…the empty expanse was strange after the earlier crowds for Esha…

…a few brave groups of Turkish sisters huddled to offer greetings…

…but the chilly wind and the icy marble made for a rather deserted courtyard…Insha’Allah hearts are never deserted of Salawat upon our Blessed Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, who said: ‘Whoever forgot to ask for prayers upon me has lost his path to Jannah,’ and ‘The person most deserving of me on the Day of Resurrection is the one who asks for prayers upon me the most.’

Our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: ‘When a person recites this supplication,

Laa ilaaha illallahu ma ashadda barda hazhal yawm, allahumma ajirni min zamhareeri jahannam.
There is no deity but Allah, How severe is the cold of today! O Allah! Protect me from the severe cold of Jahannam.

Almighty Allah says to Jahannam: ‘Verily a servant of mine has sought refuge in Me from you, bear testimony that I have granted him salvation from you.’

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…and the changes…plans to expand the Mataf from the capacity of 52,000 to 130,000 at a time are being implemented

The crown prince made this comment while chairing a meeting of the Supreme Haj Committee at his office in Riyadh. The meeting discussed all aspects of the project, especially how to tackle a temporary reduction of the mataf’s capacity while the project is being implemented.

…as usual not much is publicly announced…some say the Ottoman arcade will go…while this clip (Arabic, but the concept is understood by the visuals) suggests multiple tiers…Allahu ‘alum…bookmark this link to access the latest Mataf developments as they become available…

…meanwhile many Makkans decry ‘unfair compensation’ for properties confiscated for the never ending changes…facilities to 4000 buildings have just recently been terminated as the next phase of demolition begins…visiting Makkans were explaining that tourist and visitor visas will be less for the majority if the coming year, as well as Ummrah traffic being reduced in order to have less pilgrims in Makkah and in Haram while these massive changes take place…Allahu ‘alum…

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.

7 Comments

  • Yasmin Reply
    November 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Mashallah, very interesting post! I never knew it could get cold in Madina!

  • anisa Reply
    December 1, 2011 at 6:48 am

    assalamu alaikum sister,
    your pics transport us to madinatun nabi. My in-laws are now in madinah. just now we received a call from them saying how cold it is and here I am actually looking at what is going on there.
    jazakallah khair.

  • Iffat Reply
    December 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Assalaamu ‘alaiykum dear one… how I have missed thee and this space! Muharram mubarak to you and yours. *hugs*
    …ah, Turkish women braving the cold…. another manifestation of a love that continues to leave me in awe and admiration… mashaAllah, may Allah increase them…

  • Asiyah Reply
    December 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum,
    Dear Aunty,
    Mashallah, you got some very good pics of the Hajj women, and the reflection in the puddles! Even though the courtyard is deserted it still looks alight!
    It is nice to hear that you have had some COLD days, it must be very refreshing!!!!!!!*Love* the 6th picture, I have put it on the screensaver.
    Jazaakallah for posting
    Wassalaam
    Love,Asiyah

  • almiskenah Reply
    December 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Sister Yasmin, the desert can be deceiving…so hot during the day and then very cold at night, especially here due to Madinah being inland…of course it not not below freezing, but the body seems to react more to the drastic change for being super hot for months…well that’s my theory 🙂 And the houses are built for the heat…so no insulation with concrete walls and floors, very difficult to heat.
    Masha’Allah for your in laws being here Dear Sister Anisa…I think every one here these days is in disbelief with the cold!
    The Turkish are extreme devotees here Dear Sister Iffat…and so respectful of the sacredness of the City, SubhanAllah. It seems the centuries old love their predecessors had still seeps through their veins, Alhumdulillah.
    The cold is SSSOOO welcome Dear Bint Asiyah! Alhumdulillah for using the photo. I am sure by the time you visit you will know so much of this city of Radiance! A bit remiss of me using the word ‘deserted’ when in actual fact Angels are in abundance 🙂 SubhanAllah!
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • zed Reply
    December 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I am in love with your blog especially these stunning posts of the beloved Madinatul Munawwarah! May Allah keep you enveloped in His Love sis!

  • almiskenah Reply
    December 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear ‘zed’, Insha’Allah that these humble pages are the means of doors opening to increased love of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and all that his City of Light means for us, Ameen,
    Wassalamu alaikum

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