Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Rambling

…’meny thinkes’…

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…this has always amused…the hilarious translation on the shopping bag of one of the local stores on Quba Street…’50,000 chipes under one seeling’…

…50,000 wayward thoughts and life’s ‘meny thinkes’ have recently been scrambling for space in what feels like the current ‘pea sized brain’ of this humble speck……all and every one of Allah Ta’ala’s Plans are majestic…the good the bad and the in between…best we do not label the ‘meny thinkes’…as all is perfection for whatever state we are in…trying to do away with categorizing is a grand part of Tazkiyyah…may our all too feeble attempts to constantly be on top of purifying the heart soon reveal progress…Alhumdulillah for trying…may we be blessed with Tawfiq in all efforts to draw closer to Allah Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wassalam…and blessed with Barakah in our time so we can scrape away all that is not directly leading us to Him and earning His favours…and keep filling the heart with deeds and actions that are based on the noble Sunnah of the one who was sent to teach us the most noble of character SallAllahu alaihi wasallam so our striving moves us more and more to emulating his example, Ameen…

He is the Absolute Master over His slaves. He sends angels to watch over you. (6:61)

He knows the eyes’ deceit and what people’s breasts conceal. (40:19)



…Madinatun Nabi is in that delicious space between a slightly chilly phase and the looming scorch of summer’s breath from Jahannam…early morning and early evening breezes wrap loving fingers around one…so yummy they elate one to new and ecstatic heights…skies are a rich ultramarine taffeta…the name of this blue is from Latin ‘ultramarinus’, meaning ‘beyond the sea’ because the pigment was sent to Europe by Italian traders from the rich lapis lazuli mines in Afghanistan during the Renaissance…fascinating SubhanAllah…

…Madinah al-Munawwarah for many weeks now has been receiving devoted crowds…just one of the ‘meny thinkes’ keeping twisted fingers from the keyboard and clicking the blog ‘dashboard’ open…khair Alhumdulillah…enough ‘thinkes’ to cause stress without adding this to the list…

…with the transition to the new king expansion work has slowed down…Allahu ‘Alum what the final outcome may be…

…Alhumdulillah new wudhu areas under construction beside sisters area ablution block 7b and car parking block 8…these will add ease to the congested peak times…but one wonders if according to the expansion plans these places will be part of the new Masjid why the effort is being made to construct these…Allahu ‘Alum…

…seen then not seen…the following display units appeared then not long after disappeared from the courtyard…

Madinah courtyard signs3

Madinah courtyard signs1

Madinah courtyard signs2

Madinah courtyard signs5

Madinah courtyard signs6

Madinah courtyard signs4

…almiskenah take note!!!…along with the thousands using smartphone cameras!!!!…

Madinah courtyard signs7

…Alhumdulillah this screen near Babus Salam is not being used for the time being…all these signs and flashing screens detract and certainly do not add to the sanctity of the Haram…


…little ebony beads pass through needy fingers struggling to reap rewards from the Celestial Treasure Chest…every murmur is recorded…etched as deep ancient gorges…every thought indelibly scribed by invisible pens dancing over landscapes of marbled parchment while the dhikr of moths wafts  towards vaporous clouds…nothing exempt from His Knowing till Time is no longer measured by seconds zooming by…

He knows everything in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowing it. There is no seed in the darkness of the earth, and nothing moist and dry which is not in a Clear Book. (6:59)



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
    February 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
    JazakAllahu Khair sister for that interesting update! I always feel a slight pang in my heart whenever I hear of the expansions of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, where they might lead to but Allahu’Alam…
    Those translations are so cute, bless the people who do them but at least they’re trying, for the convenience of the English speakers who do not speak Arabic.
    And subhanAllah the amount of people who seem to be detracting from their worship with smart-phones, cameras, iPads, not good for khushoo. A friend of mine went on Umrah and I was so disappointed to see her taking a selfie by the Kaaba and then in the Grand Mosque. I mean, pictures are fine, but then taking a selfie whilst worshipping Allah SWT in the most sacred place on earth? Doesn’t fit with me but then Allahu’Alam. Maybe I’m in the ‘over-zealous teenager phase’ ;).
    Allah bless you, BarakAllahu feekum
    Love and duas

    • almiskenah Reply
      February 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Habibah…again lol!
      Insha’Allah your ‘over-zealous teenager phase’ stays with you into all phases of your life as it seems a sign of being blessed with Taqwa, caring for the actions of the Ummah.
      It is now becoming common to see ‘selfie sticks’ around Haram…in arrays of bright colours…hot pink, lime green etc…so weird…the first one I saw I had no idea what the teenagers were holding…but now the shops are selling them like the proverbial hot cakes. May Allah Ta’ala soon restore the Deen as it was in the Golden Era of our Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam to the Haramain. Do have istiqama with this in your Du’as Insha’Allah.
      And yes, some of the translations around the City bring a huge smile 🙂
      But when it comes to signs related to the Haram I feel they should access good English speakers to edit before displaying them. I have posted others in the past.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • aisha Reply
    February 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    thank you for bring a smile and chuckle to my face this morning dear Khala, far away but close to my heart.
    Umm Safiya xox

    • almiskenah Reply
      February 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Umm Safiya,
      Oh WHEN are you coming back?? Insha’Allah keep making the intention and we see you SOON!
      How indeed we need to have little chuckles during these times of Fitan. May Allah Ta’ala soon shower relief and peace, Ameen.
      Insha’Allah you are all well by His Grace.
      Love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Ridhwana Reply
    June 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    AsSalamu Alaykum ww,

    AlhamduliLLah, I will be spending the final Ashrah of Ramadhan Kareem in Madinah Munawwarah, it really would be nice to meet you, ofcourse, only if it is convenient..

    Khair, please please make duas for this sinful one as you aware in The Blessed City..

    And Salaam to Our Habeeb SallaLLahu Alayhi wasaLLam inshaAllah


    Ridhwana (uk)

    • almiskenah Reply
      June 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Salam…Alhumdulillah for your invite to our sacred places during this Mubarak month, Masha’Allah! As much as I would love to meet all it is not possible these days. Insha’Allah devote your time to ‘meet’ our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam over and over and over during your time here.
      Keep the Haramain in your constant duas,
      Wassalamu alaikum

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