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…Makkan metamorphosis…one…

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…the changes are massive…no photographs could convey the extent of the demolitions…hundreds of buildings, thousands of potential rooms for pilgrims gone…gone before alternatives are ready…hard not to question such decisions…Insha’Allah the next few posts will attempt to cover some of the destruction and some of the construction, with minimal words…the area that is in the process of being demolished is al-Misfalah…a huge wedge beginning between Darul Taqwa, Hilton and Abraj al-Bayt and extending way back away from Haram…the first two photos are of the newly renovated Elaf Kinda…tucked directly behind Abraj al-Bayt…

…during the previous visit to Makkah al-Mukarramah it was thought the work being carried out was preparing it for demolition…but it was totally gutted and now ‘born anew’…maybe this is the fate of many of the following, what seem structurally sound buildings seen being stripped of everything but the skeletal walls…Allahu ‘Alum…

…looking towards Haram with the Elaf Kinda to the right and the side of one of the Abraj towers to its right…Hilton on the left…this bridge marks the beginning of the demolitions…

…some hotels remain standing but are devoid of all internal features and are merely a shell…

…stripped bare…

…even relatively newer buildings…and what of the smaller masaajid that are tucked away in this area??

…some businesses are trying to remain functional for as long as they can…this used to be hub of activity for pilgrims to purchase gifts…and one of the few places for simple food outlets…the sad trend promotes the expensive franchises of fast food companies…

…a ceiling stripped of every conceivable piece of wiring and ducting…

…a sleeping homeless man…

…rubble, rubbish and rats…

…side by side…the demise of one shop next to another determined to seek any last remaining customers…

…establishments displaying whatever could be salvaged for sale…

…the rising new framed by remnants of the old…

…one of the several hotels we have stayed in…empty…

…on and on are vacant ghost like places…

…a film of dust already veiling Haram…imagine how it will be once these hundreds of buildings crumble…people with breathing problems are staying away…

…the contrast…the condemned with the lavish skyscrapers taking over…

…one wonders if any of these older style buildings may be restored so future generations may at least see an example of how some older Makkah styles were…

…many of the features are worth saving for their unique craftsmanship…I have seen such carving painted and used as a wall feature…beautiful…

Our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: By Allah, I am not afraid of your poverty but I am afraid that you will lead a life of luxury as past nations did, whereupon you will compete with each other for it, as they competed for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them. (Bukhari)

And: The Day of Judgement has come close, and mankind will only increase their desire for this world, and they will only go farther and farther away from Allah.

He SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would make this Du’a:
O Allah! I seek your refuge from the evils of the fitnah of wealth, and the evils of the fitnah of poverty.

Both poverty and wealth are fitnahs — ways by which Allah tries and tests us…may Allah Ta’ala save and guide us, and bless the Haramain, and bless the Haramain, and bless the Haramain, Ameen…

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.

5 Comments

  • Yasmin Reply
    February 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Jazakallah khair for sharing this interesting post with us!

  • almiskenah Reply
    February 15, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    and JazakiLLahu khaira for your frequent visits Dear Sister Yasmin,
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • saimah Reply
    February 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    ya Allah, i am over whelmed by all this.some pics are really disturbing. you did well to balance the post by quoting from hadiths at the end… helped to see through and beyond this dizzying pace of change. the pic of laborers and your heartfelt dua brought tears…they appear to belong to my country. jazakiAllah khairan katheerah for making such effort to take us so close to these happenings ..
    wassalam

  • Asiyah Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Assalaamu Alaikum,
    I totally agree with sister Saimah. And ‘Saudi Arabia’ is probably ‘to up to date’ to keep things like the carvings and other older style things…Or maybe if they would at least make a museum to keep these things in so the future generations could see,(that’s only if they have that much imagination)! LOL!
    Jazakallah for taking us along with you as you went on your excursion!
    Wassalaam,
    XXXXXX

  • almiskenah Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu, once again Dearest Sister Saimah, I too shed tears watching the grueling work the labourers do…and then near Salat time how they are so tired…remove their dusty boots, use them for a pillow and stretch out flat for a few minutes. I was surprised to see them working after Zuhur as there is a ‘rule’ that they are not be labouring in the sun then…but like so many ‘rules’ here they seem to be made to be broken…or maybe they are refer to the hot sun of summer…forgetting that in Makkah now it is mid 30’s…so quite hot. Ya Rabb!
    Actually Dear Bint Asiyah currently there is an effort to gather and recall all historic artifacts…those that have been taken out of the country and those who may have them in their possession here…with the idea of creating several public museums across the Kingdom…here’s one of the links
    http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article570435.ece
    I have posted about a couple of the private ones before.
    Insha’Allah one day you will be here to come along…and snap lots of photos!!! Ameen!
    Wassalamu alaikum

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