Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam

…memorable morning…

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…SubhanAllah…all mornings are memorable in this Radiant City…every moment is memorable wherever we may be and whatever we may be blessed with…if only the heart and soul could embrace the Mubarak seconds of every breath…Insha’Allah we all work towards this realization…

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…just after Fajr…


…scenes are a blurry river of humanity…

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…as the Lord of Daybreak shares His majesty of colour and splendour…


…and the faithful slowly make their way back to hotels…perchance to sleep…to nourish the body after nourishing the soul…

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…each passing moment washed in a watercolour of a different hue…Insha’Allah every footstep gaining more intimacy with our Rabb and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…every heartbeat pulsing with Mercy…


…and every gaze sending an electrical conduit to the heart…setting in motion the glorification and salutation of the best of creation…the chosen…he who guides right…he who is well guided…the oft praised…SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…


…thousands of hearts gathered with the same intention…turning…seeking…imploring…hoping…adoring…

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…the Light…manifest…in the Hallowed City of Light and Enlightenment…SubhanAllah…movement…a city that is never still…amazing to sit observing…every nationality…all ages…all shapes and sizes…a blurry river of humanity bathed in the most precious light of this Chosen City of the Beloved Chosen SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

…sitting here waiting for a group of sisters and children eager to spend the morning in a walking Ziyarah all the way around Haram…and this is what made this morning a particularly memorable one…

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…beginning with a lavish breakfast in the delightful Saqeefa…birds singing praises…dappled light enhancing smiles and sisterhood…


…SubhanAllah…the rizq was abundantly spread…


…the heady scent of Raihan adding to the intoxication…the sharing…the Ikram…the gratitude…

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…the camera was inactive until we reached the north eastern corner…here is Masjid Bukhari on the left and a partially toppled hotel that was behind the Green Palace…

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…incredible how for some days it is precariously leaning or stubbornly refusing to succumb to fate…

…today was world water day…time was spent refilling several jerry cans with water for emergency supplies as we have regularly been without water for three days in a row…unfortunately the ‘authorities’ decide to cut the flow over the weekend…so Juma’ah is without water…there is a crisis here…some say one of the desalination plants is under maintenance or has issues…whatever…the situation makes one so appreciative of how easy life is with access to water from a tap…when it is not there thoughts always go back to trying to imagine…and truly appreciate, how life must have been at the time of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…SubhanAllah…ponder on this for a few moments…the prevalence of water tankers even around the CBD these days is even more so…but sadly for the residents the chance of getting one can be a five to six hour wait at the official distribution centre…or if one is willing to pay more then the black market is a thriving business…which leaves one wondering if tankers can access water then why is it cut off from the government supply pipes?? …indeed hardships open the doors of mercy…they sure have been flung wide open of late Alhumdulillah!…


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.


  • habibah Reply
    March 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

    May you and your family be in the best of khayr and health.
    Masha’Allah, beautiful glimpses of the City of Light from such a rare inside view.

    I am currently reading the biography of the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam by Martin Lings – subhanAllah so profound and parts of it brought tears to my eyes. It has increased my love so much for RasulAllah and I treasure everything which brings me closer to him, including this website of yours. I must love what Allah SWT loves in order to get close to Him, Insha’Allah.

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Habibah,
      JazakiLlahu khaira for all the kindness in your du’as. They truly mean a lot for this miskeenah and are desperately needed.
      I too love the Lings Seerah. Plus so many other titles that are now available in English Masha’Allah.
      Love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Umm Ismail Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    As salamuAlaikum dearest Khala….Jazakallah khair for a most memorable morning…will treasure the moments spent in your delightful company for ever…you Khala brought alive for us the Mubarak time of Madinatun Nabi SAW…you made us feel how it musthv been when our Nabi Mustapha SAW was living ,breathing,the very air we r soo fortunate to breath…may Allah Ta’alla keep us here forever n giv us maut in this Blessed place…and the ability to spend our tym correctly…Ameen…luv n hugs

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Umm Ismail,
      it was such a blessed gathering in the best of places, Masha’Allah. May Allah Ta’ala keep filling our hearts and those of our family and friends with His Barakah and Noor and shower His Mercy upon us all when we need it the most, Ameen.
      Love and Du’as
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • umsalman Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Jazakilaah khayrin… dear KN for the most memorable morning ..
    May Allah bless us with many more..
    increase you in health , strength and wisdom.
    Barikillah wa a ahsanal Jazaa

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Ameen thumma Ameen Dearest Umm Salman and family,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • umsalman Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    AAMEEN to Umm ismail. .

    Our kids are so fortunate to have on site history lessons. … May Allah instil in them the true love of Sahaba. And .enable them to emulate our guiding stars in every way..
    Lots of ? from the kids to Our beloved khala….

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Umm Salman and family,
      So true. May all have been blessed to be living in this wonderful City of Enlightenment be saturated with all it has to offer us to strengthen our Iman and educate the children with realities from the golden time of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. And the same for all who are invited to be neighbours as Umrah/Hajj pilgrims, Ameen
      Wassalamu alaikum

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