Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Hajj 1431, Makkah al-Mukarramah, sharing

…comparisons…

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…do you not see how Allah makes comparisons? ….Allah makes comparisons for people so they may reflect. (14:24-25)

…over the past few weeks the same topic that has arisen with numerous encounters with the Hujjaj  revolves around how Iman can be increased when the conditions of being in extreme crowds and rapid developing surroundings leaves one fighting for survival and distracted rather than deepening the spiritual connection to the rites, or the sacredness of the holy places. Those who are returning  to Islam’s hallowed lands, make comparisons to past visits with what they see and experience in the now while those blessed with a first time invitation compare what were expectations with what has been the reality.

We cannot turn back time, nor freeze it, nor preempt the future. Submission to all that is as it is, because this is what Allah Ta’ala in His Wisdom has decreed, is what is required of us regardless of how we may perceive the changes.

Discussions revolved around how to invest the limited time given on this precious journey to deepening connections to Allah Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam when the external conditions are testing on so many levels. The massive changes in and around the Haramain certainly are distractions compared to the simplicity of even just a few decades ago, let alone hundreds of years ago. There is no comparison between the lilting rhythm of a camel traversing the arid landscape from Makkah to Madinah, taking three to four weeks, and twelve plus hours in a bus covering a few kilometres. And what of the contrast between tent accommodation and lavish hotels? Or the hustle and bustle of shopping that has crept to the very edge of the Haramain compared to trading in dusty wind blown deserts…

How to deepen connections? What comparisons gain reward and take the Iman to soaring heights?

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All the black and white prints are from a current exhibition in Dubai entitled Mecca: A Dangerous Adventure, based on the works of Snouck Hurgronie (1857-1936). This article explains more about his life and work.

The above is Arafat then…

…and this years Day of Standing…

…then: Our Noble Lady Maymunah RadhiAllahu anha’s grave site.

…as it is now. Click on photo for more information.

This stunning image of calm and serenity is from another exhibition currently at the Photographic Gallery at the American University of Cairo, as appearing in this article, along with other selections from the exhibition.

…while this is a moment in time from Hajj just gone…both exuding sublime worship in contrasting ways…vicariously compare the different conditions and the effect on the soul…

…Makkah then…

…compared to now…

…brothers then…

…brothers now…from Dear Sister Iman’s Hajj captures. Visit her site for more of her recent Hajj experiences.

…Alhumdulilah Allah Ta’ala’s Love and our Blessed Resident of the Dome of Peace SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s mercy remains constant, SubhanAllah!

…veils that distract us from our link to Allah Ta’ala and our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam need to be lifted…hearts need to be filled with reliving the life and following the footsteps of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. So as we slide over polished marble in comfortable shoes we allow the heart to imagine walking on course sand and rubble wearing thin leather soles, in the hope that just one footstep may be treading where the best of creation once passed. Allow the eyes to no longer see the glamour of modern buildings, and are downcast passing the throngs of vendors thrusting items at all who pass by. Turn the inner eyes to what the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam may have witnessed as he walked around Makkah and his Radiant City. Allocate more time reading the Seerah and Qur’an, reciting Dhikr and Salawat, sharing the message of a Hadith, seeking to improve in oneself the noble characteristics of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, especially forbearance, patience, acceptance, justice, grace and tolerance.

Insha’Allah we devote time this Juma’ah making comparisons between the perfection of the character our Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the effort we make in our lives seeking to emulate him through his Sunnah. May this Juma’ah be a day when we make a firm and conscious decision to rekindle our Iman with the flames of love for this glorious Deen. May we make comparisons between the vast history of our past and critically assess how we may be assessed by Allah Ta’ala right now in this present moment.

…Allah makes comparisons for people so they may reflect.

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

Click on images for source.

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.

4 Comments

  • Mai Forrester Reply
    November 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

    As salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh my sister of kindred spirit.

    Naturally, I can understand and relate to this post. I have found that one of the results of comparisons is to bring about the realization of what was better before (everything in my estimation!). Man has ruined the gifts Allah has bestowed upon him.

    However, as you may have gleaned from my various writings on the Sunnah, we can recreate much of what has been lost in our own lives and spaces. Ironically, many non-Muslims are living very closely to the Sunnah in regards completely natural surroundings, houses, foods, and giving up materialism. It takes extremes such as those we witness today to bring us full circle.

    I have written about the Sunnah on various occasions to address this. We can envisage the times of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and we can revive that way of life in our hearts, our minds, and also our lives if we truly love it enough. That has been my mission for some years now, and although many perceive me as strange, it is done out of a deep love of our Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and the knowledge that Allah, our Perfect Provider, has sent him as our perfect example for ALL things at ALL times.

    Jazaaki Allahu khayran for such a beautiful reminder and much love to you. May Allah keep your feet firmly on His Perfect Siraat until you meet Him…well pleased with you – ameen.

  • Nadia Siddique Reply
    November 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Asalamu alaykum dearest ukhti!

    May Allah The Most High, always keep you enveloped in His Love and Care and may you keep igniting the flame of love for Allah and His Beloved, in your readers hearts till your last breath, Ameen ya Rabb!

    *huuuuuuuuuuug*
    Jumma Mubarak to you too.
    Duas.

  • Iffat Reply
    November 28, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Assalaamu ‘alaiykum,
    Ameen to the above dua.
    “…Alhumdulilah Allah Ta’ala’s Love and our Blessed Resident of the Dome of Peace SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s mercy remains constant, SubhanAllah!”
    SubhanAllah indeed.
    The sight of our Habib’s, sallAllahu alaiyhi wasalaam, green dome made my evening. Thank you for reminding me about his, endless peace and blessings upon him, love… indeed a blessed constant amongst all that fluctuates.

  • almiskenah Reply
    November 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dearest ‘neighbour Mai’, JazakiLlahu khaira for all the warmth exuding from your comments…may our love for our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam never cease to increase along with efforts to bring his Sunnah into reality. Being a stranger is a blessing according to that beautiful Hadith referring to the strangers who correct the Deen will be given glad tidings, Insha’Allah…so strange on!!! We are facing stringent times across the globe. May we implore Allah Ta’ala to assist us all in keeping our intentions pure and flood our hearts with His mercy, Ameen.
    A smile always beams when I see you Dear Sister Nadia 🙂 and yet I do not know you other than on this screen, SubhanAllah! Ameen thumma Ameen. Eagerly awaiting ‘news’ *wink wink*
    Insha’Allah you will soon glance upon the Mubarak Dome of Peace Dearest Sister Iffat…Insha’Allah try to come while conditions are gentle re weather and crowds…you are so close! Masha’Allah.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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