Makkah al-Mukarramah, Phenomena

…choreography and catastrophe…

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…these rituals devoted to maintaining the pristine environment of Masjid Al-Haram enthrall with their energetic and balletic enthusiasm…with the added dimension of devotion…SubhanAllah…

…from this daily choreographed display using tons of cubic metres of water, where every space within and around the courtyard of Masjid Al-Haram is meticulously cleaned…

…to this repeated catastrophe involving powerful volumes of water…

In just three hours Wednesday morning Jeddah was inundated with 111 millimeters of rain, the King Abdulaziz University’s (KAU) Meteorology Department said.

Mansour Al-Mazrouie, head of the department, said Wednesday’s volume of rainfall exceeded the 90 mm recorded in four hours during the Nov. 25, 2009 flash floods that killed at least 123 people and damaged thousands of vehicles and homes.

The average amount of rain during the winter months (November to January) is about 51mm.


…click photos for dozens more…as well as here, and this is just one of many disturbing clips. Inna liLlahi wa inna ilaihi rajeeon.

When one sees photos, reads of the destruction, disruption, death, and hears from Jeddawis how the utter chaos has affected the sinking Bride of the Sea, one wonders what planet the ‘authorities’ are on…“things will return to normal in 24hours!!!!!!!!” Astaghfirullah.

The road between Makkah and Jeddah has been closed, with hotels in Jeddah full of Umrah pilgrims who have been unable to journey to Makkah. Children and students have been stranded in schools and colleges over night, unable to exit flooded buildings, while the individual stories of loss, fear, frustration break ones heart.

Insha’Allah use this Juma’ah to make fervent Du’a for the people and the situation in Jeddah. May Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy over ride His Wrath. Also spare some words for the expertly choreographed Haramain cleaners.


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.

Makkah al-Mukarramah

…it is…

…it is…crowded…Alhumdulillah… …it is…a challenge…Alhumdulillah… …it is…noisy…Alhumdulillah… …it is…congested…Alhumdulillah… …it is…awesome…Alhumdulillah… …it is…SubhanAllah…Alhumdulillah… …it is…sacred…Alhumdulillah… …it is…grandiose…Alhumdulillah… …it is…stirring…Alhumdulillah… …it…

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  • Bashrat Hussain Reply
    January 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    It is so sad to see such things in a country with abundant wealth, both material and spiritual. If a poor country like Pakistan can mobalise its Armed forces to cope with a flood 1000 times bigger than Jeddah, it is scandelous for Saudi Arabia to be unable to cope with this devastation. It goes to show that they have learned nothing from 2009 and all the King and his men have been doing is talking, without any action at all. Shame on the Authorities for leaving the people to fend for themselves. Rant over!!

  • Reply
    January 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    alhamd’dhulillah, this blog is such a refreshing space on the ever darkening net.

  • Ahmad Reply
    January 30, 2011 at 6:02 am

    How grateful am I to my Beloved Lord for letting me to have my once-in-a-while little virtual Umrah through your beautiful website dear sister in faith! May He reward you with best of his graceful rewards…

  • almiskenah Reply
    January 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Brother Bashrat, I too cold rant big time knowing certain things as to how sound, studied recommendations are not given ‘rubber stamps’, whether due to ignorance or laziness or incompetence…whatever, it is not acceptable. May Allah Ta’ala save us all and give the Jeddawis the best of rewards, Ameen.
    Dear, as is your space the times I have passed by, Masha’Allah!
    Ameen thumma Ameen Dear Brother Ahmad, how I wish I could pull people in through the screen so that a virtual Umrah could become a reality 🙂 Meanwhile keep this speck in your Du’a that efforts can continue to benefit others.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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