Hajj 1431, Makkah al-Mukarramah

…Mash’air…post Hajj…

By In

…the sheer enormity of the scale, size and execution of projects in and around Makkah defies describing…the gigantic clock tower looms from every direction, dwarfing every majestic mountain…

…Mash’air, our holy sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina are now deserted…

…apart from the army of cleaners contracted to clear the tons and tons of rubbish…again, the enormity of the rubbish has to be seen to be believed. While the natural rocky mountains are being eroded away they are being replaced by ‘refuse’ mountains…the size of which reach heights compared to the multiple storey buildings,  punctuating the landscape…

…hundreds of yellow clad men scour all the holy sites that only days ago witnessed the millions beseeching forgiveness and performing the ancient rites of the fifth pillar of Islam…

…these contractors were seen by the dozen in the backs of open garbage trucks…assigned one area after another dealing with the aftermath of the Hajj…

…work that could take many weeks to complete by the vast expanses of litter…

…such signs remain plastered all over Mash’air…but like every year there are thousands, Allahu ‘Alum, maybe a million plus who, despite all the threats against undertaking the Hajj without the ‘official’ permit, still manage to do so…it is Allah Ta’ala who has invited them, not an authority…and surely it is Allah Ta’ala Who is the Master Planner…

…Jabal Rahmah… Hajj visas expire by mid Muharram so remaining Hujjaj take advantage of visiting sites where they recently were part of a throng of millions…

…Ziyarah to these Mubarak sites can now be made with ease and the awe and significance deepened devoid of crowds…

…hundreds of cameleers vie for the remaining pilgrims to ride their decorated camels, tracing the actions of our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam when he rode Qaswa as he delivered the Farewell Sermon from the foot of Jabal Rahmah…(Insha’Allah more photos for camel lovers to follow in another post)

…minaret of Masjid Namirah…

…this huge Masjid is now shut for another year…Wadi ‘Uranah in the foreground…

…moving to Muzdalifah…this is the Mosque of the Sacred Monument, standing where Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam supplicated and where Allah Ta’ala in His Divine Speech says:

When you surge down from Arafat remember Allah at al-Mash’air al-Harâm (the Sacred Monument) Remember Him. He has guided you. Before that you were astray. (2:198)

…royal palaces perched high above

the sea of tents in the Mina valley…

…tent city roads were strewn with piles of rubble that were once elaborate interior decorations for the elite Hujjaj…lime has liberally been spread all over Mina as a health precaution…Jamarat complex begins in the background…

…Masjid Khayf and the massive Jamarat structure…(previous Hajj entries document this modern Jamarat, as well the significance the position of Masjid Khayf…all plumbing fixtures have been removed from drinking taps and toilets avoiding looting… once the cleaning is complete concrete blocks will prohibit entry to the majority of the site…

…decorative detail of the window…

…and the doors which is missed with the surging crowds during Hajj…

…the following photos attempt, yet again to convey the enormity of Mina and the Jamarat…

…a dark makeshift tent still nestles on a precarious ledge…

…a tunnel that roared with transport and pilgrims only days ago…

…while centuries ago, this hidden Mubarak site echoes the beauty of allegiance, where the first noble group pf trusted Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum supported our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, SubhanAllah…

…such a tiny area that dwarfs the physical enormity of all the concrete and steel that surrounds it…Masjid Aqabah…SubhanAllah!

…and just around the bend…Alhumdulillah Jabal Nur…

…where the true meaning of ‘enormity’ echoes with every atom enshrouded within it, above it, below it, around it…SubhanAllah!

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.

Makkah al-Mukarramah

…it is…

…it is…crowded…Alhumdulillah… …it is…a challenge…Alhumdulillah… …it is…noisy…Alhumdulillah… …it is…congested…Alhumdulillah… …it is…awesome…Alhumdulillah… …it is…SubhanAllah…Alhumdulillah… …it is…sacred…Alhumdulillah… …it is…grandiose…Alhumdulillah… …it is…stirring…Alhumdulillah… …it…

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6 Comments

  • Jummy Reply
    November 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum

    JazzakAllah khair for the always interesting things you post about. I love the photos 🙂

  • saimah Reply
    November 29, 2010 at 9:45 am

    cleanliness or rather lack of it and the enormity of rubbish are big issues especially in makkah and around Masha’ir. i wonder how this rubbish is disposed off?? during my stay in ramadhan i did feel an increase in the amount of rubbished wherever i looked away from mosque.some of the sisters were in total disregard for the sanctity of the mosque premises even which was rather upsetting but could not do much!! the scene after iftar in the courtyard of masjid nabwi was not pleasant either, may Allah give us the sense to fully absorb the message of cleanliness as given to us by our Beloved prophet Muhammad sall Allahu alaihe wassallam,ameen.
    love this topic and pics,some of them are truly stunning
    wassalam

  • umm zakaria Reply
    November 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    bismillahi Rahamaniraheem,
    ASALAAMUALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAHI WA BARAKATAHU
    Subhanallah wa jazakallahukhairun umm bilal, sister noor for sharing this.
    In shah ALLAH SWT accepted all the Hujjaj prayers, duas,deeds and pilgrimages.
    please remember us in your duas
    warm salaams,
    umm zakaria

  • Tall-necked Giraffe Reply
    November 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks x x x x
    And that door is beautiful 🙂

  • almiskenah Reply
    December 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    🙂 Dear Jummy…Insha’Allah your plans to be here soon are fulfilled and you can see these developments yourself, Ameen.
    Dear Sister Saimah, mountains are made of it…huge mountains…the majority of which is plastic! I shudder thinking of the environmental impact in the Kingdom…nobody cares a hoot! Such a contrast to care I see in Oz…shame, as we should be show casing respect for what we have been gifted with.
    Always a pleasure to have you visit Dear Umm Zakaria! Ameen thumma Ameen. May you and yours be surrounded by Nur in all you do.
    LOL Ya Tall-necked Giraffe!!! I was particularly attracted to the details of Masjid Namirah during these abandoned conditions, but hesitant sharing too much and boring you 🙂
    Wassalamu alaikum
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • Maryam Umm Nuh Reply
    December 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    As salamu alaykum wa RahmatuLlahi wa Barakatuhu,

    Masha’Allah, sister your blog is so interesting.
    AlhamduliLlah I have been at all these places this year, making umrah and hajj. Makkah was filled with litter! The streets overthere need many more bins and the Muslims should be much cleaner!!! The hygienic conditions in Mina were the total distaster; I still get the shivers thinking about that. But, the umrah and hajj experience was amazing!! Never have I seen so many Muslims in one place, from so many different countries.

    You live in Madinah, Masha’Allah. I have visited Madinah last month and fell in love with that city!! Would love to live there too. The city is beautiful, clean, nice people, beautiful environment, great history, nice atmosphere etc etc…

    I hope to read many more blogs from you!

    Wa salamu alaykum,
    Maryam Umm Nuh

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