Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, construction, King Abdullah Masjid Expansion


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…so  a CRAZY niqabi walks the boundary of the eastern E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N boundary…walking stick in right hand camera in left…life in danger as massive trucks hurtle by blarring earth vibrating horns while every other vehicle tooting for her attention thinking this crazed woman needs to be rescued from hugging the construction fences and dodging the piles of dust…little mounds of fine dust every few metres…the work of countless ‘legends’ in their orange overalls armed with kitchen brooms robotically scratch scratch sweep sweep along the barriers…leaving these fine dust piles…for the speeding traffic to blow back on to the main ring road…and so the process continues…scratch scratch sweep sweep…dust accumulating on camera…enough that cameras have a short life spam in this desert clime…let alone venturing around rubble and steel mountains…discarded remnants of once five star hotels…alas not being of the gender that has access to helicopters, cherry pickers or any remaining tall buildings to aid the search for the most dramatic and descriptive shots she heroically and daringly strides forward into the midst of a macho domain to bring you ‘dusty birkentocks on the ground’ images…


…her valiant expedition began from the sisters area of the eastern courtyard…

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see photos from one month ago to compare the rate of change





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…the emptying of buildings across the ring road has also begun…the one to the left will soon join the mass destruction…

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…doomed…the Mubarak Masjid Ejabah…buildings to the right have already been vacated and stripped of AC’s etc…


…Dome of Peace just visible behind a crane…


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…SERENITY and SANCTUARY from the ruckus to the right…


…the final building left on this far side of the project area…

???????????????????????????????…soon the Green Palace (second from left) will be reduced to rubble along with all that you see in this photo…but it may be some time before the Oberoi…to the left of the Green Palace will be given its final demolition papers…

…and thus ends the crazed woman’s expedition…until next time…maybe…he he he…

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.


  • Ayesha Reply
    November 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love her determination!! masha Allah!

    • Nazma Reply
      November 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Salaam sister, is Imam Bukhari mosque in the way of destruction too??? Or do you think it will be spared?

      • almiskenah Reply
        November 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

        Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
        Dear Sister Nazma,
        According to the plans Masjid Bukhari sadly is in the ‘path of destruction’!!! As is Saqeefa and Masjid Ejabah as mentioned. So many aspects to all these ‘expansion’ projects that sadden the soul. May Allah Ta’ala guide and save us all Ameen. May we all maintain our focus on the goal of Jannah and try not to become embroiled in all that is happening in the Haramain…though easier said than practiced. May we all have istiqama with our Du’as for the Haramain, Insha’Allah.
        Wassalamu alaikum

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

      *chuckle* *chuckle*

  • Razeena Reply
    November 13, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Love this – “bring you ‘dusty birkentocks on the ground’ images…”
    Amazing determination! Love your blog.. it gives us who are so far away, an amazing insider perspective. May Allah reward you!

  • Abu Arifa Reply
    November 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Salaams dear Sister,

    Love the latest blog and the descriptive narrative ‘CRAZY.’ I would say very dedicated, ‘life in danger’ I can imagine the risks you take for the cause, ‘stick in left hand’ ? ? ? I had to google the birkenstocks to see what that was about. as always, I pray Allah rewards your great dedication and sacrifices and gives you good health.
    I have been sharing your photos on skyscraper city and always put as source, (but change a few words out of respect to you) it is really appreciated by the followers of the Prohet’s Mosque expansion Forum. I am sure your blog must have had some new followers as a result. Keep up the good work.

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Abu Arifa and family,
      Your duas are really needed and so much appreciated, as are your supportive comments, Ameen Thumma Ameen. JazakumuLlahu khaira.
      ‘crazy’ …or as my son says ‘nutter’ 🙂
      Walking stick in right hand…a necessary part of me now Alhumdulillah! LOL to seeking shaykh google’s assistance re birkenstocks…they are truly the BEST foot wear Alhumdulillah.
      Another JazakumuLlahu khaira for posting on skyscrapercity…I just dont seem to have the time…it is a great forum with regular updates and to have others with access to sites etc that I can only dream of, Alhumdulillah.
      May Allah Ta’ala’s unlimited bounties be showering upon all you and yours do, Ameen.
      Wassalamu alaikum

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