Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Ramadhan 1432

iftar seven:fourteen thirty two

By In

…the rewards will be mounting high for all those offering food to their fasting fellow brothers and sisters…

…all who spend these Mubarak days preparing massive quantities of various dishes…

…defy traffic jams…are patient as they serve in the excessive heat…

… Insha’Allah their books will be overflowing with not only their own fast, but also with the reward of every fasting person they feed, as promised by Allah Ta’ala…


The Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said that there are two joys or delights for the fasting person. One is at the time he breaks his fast, and the second is when he meets Allah Almighty. The first delight is not due to the food he sees in front of him, but it is due to the realisation that he has completed yet another day in service and obedience and submission to Allah Almighty. The second delight is obvious – how great it will be to meet our Lord when our books of good deeds are full and we have lived a life waiting to meet our Sustainer! Allah Almighty has said that He Almighty loves to meet those who love to meet Him!

…Insha’Allah, this dear departed was one who loved to meet Allah Ta’ala…

Prophet Musa Alaihis Salam used to speak to Allah Almighty directly, for which he was known as Kaleemullah. However, when he spoke to Allah Almighty his speech had to travel through seventy veils before it reached Allah Almighty. Prophet Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said that the du`a (supplication) of the fasting person at the time of iftar (breaking the fast) reaches Allah Almightywithout any veils in between. (Both Hadith from here)

…some of the sufrahs offer complete meals of rice and chicken…

…pre-packed in foil containers and served from these insulated cupboards…these tend to attract those hoping for a full meal…with brothers seated at the sufrah waiting from Asr…

As-salamu alaika Ya Habibi Sayyidi,

Ya Habibi Sayyidi

As-salamu alaika Ya Habibi Sayyidi

Ya Habibi Sayyidi

As-salamu alaika RahamtaLlah lilaalameen

…two of the newly opened entrances for the brothers…

…as sunset drew near the sky became darker…

…the heroes!!! Truly…all the brothers and sisters who begin the mammoth task of cleaning and attending to the thousands of Zamzam containers the minute Salat is finished…they are deserving of a special place in our Du’a…so heartening seeing people pass the brothers cups of tea as they manoeuvre these ‘captors’ across the littered courtyard…their task would be made so much easier if people simply respected the space and were responsible for their own rubbish…

…Alhumdulillah…the courtyard beyond the eastern fence is now accessible with the gates finally being opened…

…lighting lit the skies during Adhan, and then as Iqama was being called fine rain blessed this Iftar…the drops glistening on the marble as diamonds…Alhumdulillah…Allah Ta’ala’s Rahmah sparkling upon Madinatun Nabi…

…while the mystery of the fans on every pillar has been revealed…they spray a fine mist as each fan continually rotates 360 degrees!!!…

…so welcomed and refreshing in the still scorching heat…

As-salamu alaika Ya Habibi Sayyidi,

Ya Habibi Sayyidi

As-salamu alaika Ya Habibi Sayyidi

Ya Habibi Sayyidi

As-salamu alaika RahamtaLlah lilaalameen

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.


  • safiyah Reply
    August 8, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh!

    I pray you are well! Hav been thinking of you khalati, and al Medina al Munawwarrah! Was so nice to see your pics again. Thank you so much for taking time to share. I really feel a longing to be there now, please keep us in your dear duas and do convey our salaams to our Beloved Nabi SAW and His family and companions if u are able to.

    With lots of love and duas

  • NA Reply
    August 8, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Each and every post of yours leaves me teary-eyed! Have been a silent reader of your amazing blog for almost a year now. May Allah bless you for each and every post that you write and let your readers have the experience of being transported to the Blessed City albeit in their imagination. May Allah SWT bless you with immense aafiyah in your life in this world and the hereafter.
    jazaakumullahu khayr!

  • Yasmin Reply
    August 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

    As-salaamu alaikum,
    Thank you so much for this absolutely beautiful post. I love all of the pictures!
    Jazakallah Khair for all of your hard work in preparing this post!

  • Bashrat Hussain Reply
    August 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm


    Brings back some very beautiful memories of the City of Light. Please make dua I get called again. May Allah bless you and reward you for your hard work.


  • Umm Mahmoud Reply
    August 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Assalaamu aleikum
    Beautiful pictures, ma sha Allah, and just like sister NA, I am left teary-eyed…

  • Madni Reply
    August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm


    It’s so well organized here in Madinah!

  • almiskenah Reply
    August 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Safiyah, NA, Yasmin, Bashrat, Umm Mahmoud and Madni,
    a big SORRY for the delay with replies…but you all need no explanation as to how important our special guest is and how we feel every minute is precious with our endeavours to reap the tastiest fruits before we are bereft of it’s presence…hence such frugal offerings from this speck. JazakumuLlahu khaira for passing by and for your touching Du’a and much appreciated words of encouragement…off to Taraweh, after which I will pass on your Salams and read through the ‘list’, Insha’Allah.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • rashida Reply
    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful post. they r great. Nvr been there. InsyaAllah one day.

  • almiskenah Reply
    August 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Insha’Allah Dear Sister Rashida, keep making the intention to be a guest in our Sacred Lands, Insha’Allah,
    Wassalamu alaikum

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