a month of miscellany, Ahlul Bayt, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Baqi Gharqad and death, construction, Juma'ah Mubarak, streets of madinah

…recently seen…

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…the central pillars at each of the main entrances are wrapped in this protective covering…

…it was a mystery as to what new work was being done until I passed this fenced off entrance…

…it seems new ramps are being installed for wheelchair accessibility, Alhumdulillah…

…the sand storms and haze have finally shifted, Alhumdulillah…but while they were veiling our Blessed City of Light everything was shrouded in a muted silvery effect…

…renovations…constant changes…sounds of drilling, banging, bashing and swirls of dust never far from Haram…

…unprecedented crowds fill the courtyards…

…photos hardly convey the atmosphere or the density of the crowds…

…the pedestrian tunnel is once again closed due to work going on…this is the second time in about one year that changes are being made…

…empties waiting for the Zamzam filling station to open…

…after Ishraq the majority return to hotels for breakfast and rest so the courtyard is a good time to soak in serenity…

…immersed in Dhikr as the brothers roll up the carpets…

…until spreading them again in the afternoon…

…bags of seed being sold for the Jannatul Baqi pigeons…

…umbrella cleaning operation…

…a local tameez, oven baked bread, dhal, or adz and ful shop…

…a nutritious and cheap meal for a few riyals…

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…interesting recent articles I haven’t had time to post…


The Haj and Umrah Research Institute at Umm Al-Qura University has completed studies to introduce a cable car system to transport people to the historic caves of Hira and Al-Thawr in Makkah.

(this is totally mind boggling!! given that there are signs saying to visit these places is bid’ah and how the Mutawwa preach against such visits…AstaghfiruLlah is this a money spinner project?? And HOW do they ever see the elderly going up on a chair lift…to get into Gahr Hirra is an obstacle even from the summit…and how will such crowds manage in these precarious places once they carried to the top??? Boggling indeed!!!)

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Relatives will not have difficulties identifying the graves of their loved ones buried in Riyadh after local authorities approved a project to mark each grave using electronic devices,

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Many children are lining the streets of Madinah and near traffic lights to beg for money while watching out for special anti-beggary units

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Al-Baida valley is known as Wadi Al-Jinn, because the power of jinn is supposed to be present in this place. There are a lot of myths about this valley. Vehicles in this valley reportedly move upward without any need to push the accelerator pedal. If one enters the Wadi and switches off his car engine, it will apparently start going in reverse. It is also claimed that the mountains in this region have some magnetic powers.

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

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…this post was ready last night, but when I clicked on publish all was lost!!! And after re-doing it, it was lost again!!!!!!!!!!! Some very not nice words…AstaghfiruLlah escaped between gritted teeth and lots of yelling to a Mobily tech support guy ensued…our troubles with their service has annoyed us for months without any satisfactory resolution…I purposefully mention the company so that you avoid them as a choice if you are needing a network when here…
…Alhumdulillah I have been meeting so many wonderful people so far during this Umrah season, with Insha’Allah many more in the next few weeks…trying to even think about the blog, which is still being tinkered with, has been difficult, so I have decided for the month of April to only post a photo a day…this humble speck needs to balance responsibilities and realize limitations…so this idea is to at least have some presence here rather than none at all…sorry dear readers…your understanding and Du’a is very much needed, Insha’allah…

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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.