Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, King Abdullah Masjid Expansion

…crunch and dust…

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May1

…it was a wild wind whipping dust grit and grime and sending clothing in a mad fenzy…add the crunch of smashed glass and mirrors underfoot…creating surreal scenes as if walking in a bizarre movie set…

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May4

…an eerie feeling watching all that remained of this building that once was bustling with pilgrims… faded curtains weeping forlorn tales of gloomy abandonment…

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May5

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May9

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May13

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…Masjid Ejabah…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May15

…along with the Ansar hospital opposite seem to be a weird island of activity as all else around them crashes down…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May16

…actually to rid the city of decaying and putrid eyesores is a plus…too many of the older districts have become infested with vermin and neglect…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May17

…the hospital on the left…Masjid Ejabah on the right…rumour ripples saying that the Masjid is to be spared…Allahu Alum…but the hospital will continue operating until it is replaced…Insha’Allah progress has already begun…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May18

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May19

…under the umbrellas is the ‘office’ of those selling what they can from the contents of hundreds of buildings…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May20

…neatly arranged categorized piles…

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…so close and yet so far…

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May24

…the heart skips upon seeing this greenery defiant amongst the ruins…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May25

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May26

…all the above buildings going…this entire north eastern district will be the new five star hotel location…20 storey buildings…so if you are planning Hajj or Umrah in about five years time you may be in this vicinity…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May28

…and the devouring machinery inch closer and closer to Masjid Bukhari…

Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May29

…a narrow road is all that separates the rubble and twisted steel mountains that once were a thriving hub and Masjid Bukhari…

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Madinah north east demolitions 2015 May31

…what a sad day if this magnificent fluted minaret tumbles…what a sad day if the physical legacy of where Imam Bukhari Rahmatullahi alaihi taught disappears…along with so much that has already been consumed…

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.

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