Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Phenomena

…same time…same place…

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…as the fiery sky two days earlier …Allah Ta’ala’s artistry paints Madinatun Nabi with a delicate calm…the pinky tuft of cloud strung across the eastern sky appeared as if revealing the essence of these Divine Words as a profound reminder for the Ummah during these months of unrest and fitan:

And hold fast to the rope of Allah, everyone, and do not split up. And remember Allah’s favour to you: for you were enemies, and Allah united your hearts, so you became brethren by the grace of Allah. And you were on the brink of a pit of fire, and Allah rescued you from it. Thus does Allah manifest signs of the Divine to you, that you may be guided. (3:103)

…and the Jumadi Oola six moon glides through a clear blue canopy…

…while yesterday, the eve of the eleventh, Allah Ta’ala’s palette dramatically changed to the monochromatic tones of a severe dust storm…

…same time…same place…sitting with different visiting sisters…and totally different scenes…SubhanAllah!

…on the way to Haram…

…each breath seemingly choking on the density of the dust…parched throats quenched with the elixir of Zamzam, Alhuhumdulillah…

…earlier in the morning from the kitchen window…

…regardless of the diverse and ever changing conditions, the sentiments expressed in the following words will forever be constant, as the seeker approaches:

the plain of Madinah becomes light upon light and one’s eyes are dazzled

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the world’s least-known great traveler, a man who visited the ends of the earth for the sheer pleasure of doing so. For Evliya Çelebi, court favorite of the Ottoman sultan and a native son of his beloved Istanbul, the ends of the earth were the western, eastern, southern and northern boundaries of the Ottoman Empire, and at the time of his death, probably in the year 1683…

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Intercession, O Messenger of God SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…Ameen Ameen Ameen,

a slightly belated


…Alhumdulillah for the throngs answering the call for Umrah this year, Masha’Allah. Barely a day passes without receiving the glad news of ones coming. May Allah Ta’ala open doors for this humble speck to offer Khidmah, along with Barakah in time to maintain some sort of presence here for all who frequent this cyberspace as well 🙂 It’s all a little overwhelming at the moment.

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.


  • Umm Mahmoud Reply
    April 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Assalaamu aleikum dear sis
    I thought of you when I read news of the sandstorm. Glad you’re o.k. alhamdulillah. And more amazing pics, ma sha Allah! Here’s a rather prosaic question for you: does someone have to go and sweep the dust and sand out of the umbrellas after such a storm?

  • Tiha Reply
    April 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Walekum salaamwa rahmatuallahiwa barakatuhu ukhti

    JazakAllahukhair for taking us to Madina so often ,showing us what Allah subhanawatala does to Madina.MaashaAllah!

  • ummAyesha Reply
    April 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    As-salaamu alaikum dear khala – May Allah subhana wa ta’ala grant you ease. I wish in some way we could assist you but from here we can only just humbly offer our duas. May Allah reward you without measure for the khidmah you do and grant you Your place in Madinah always amin xxxxx

  • Syeda Basma Reply
    April 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Assalam-o-Alaikum my ever-dearest sister…. once again ur words have moved me.. and the pictures have brought back splendid memories… u r doing so much MashaAllah! our duas are always with u… pls make dua for me too that Allah puts barakah in my time.. ameen. love u. Wassalamu Alaikum 🙂

  • ayd Reply
    April 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    SalamAlaik,Dearest Sister Al Miskeenah, Its been long since I visited the website, connecting to the net….. Just no time. Alhamdulillah I now feel close to Madinah Shareef again. Especially with so many close friends visiting Haramain Shareefain, Many South Africans are leaving everyday.Make Dua that we too get accepted to visit Haramain Shareefain. plz can I set up for Sister Al Miskeenah to meet a very close friend of mine ? i do understand u have a very hetic schedule and with the huge crowds, but insha Allah if possible. Fee Amanillah.

  • mumtaz Reply
    April 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Dear Noor,
    only a couple of hours back I was telling my elder sis who is in Jeddah these days,the way u arouse our feelings and enhance our love of Prophet sallallahu alayhe wasallam.She visited Madinah on Sat with someone who believes whatever we do there(pray or read salam) for the love of the Prophet(slm)is all shirk!I suggested she visit yous site!Please say our salaam to the Blessed Nabi when you visit next.Jazakillah.

  • saimah Reply
    April 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

    heard about this dust storm and was expecting u to share the scene with us !!missing u jumah mubarak to u and all

  • Iffat Reply
    April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Khala Noor… Assalaamu ‘alaiykum. A belated jummu’ah khayr mubarak. May you be among the elect whose compass remains ever turned towards Him, The Enricher… The Amply Giving. May He place barakah in your time so that all who benefit from you are fulfilled of their needs, yes … and May His Gaze be turned towards you in pleasure always. *duas and hugs*

  • Iffat Reply
    April 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “This is a matter of love” — so profound. *smiles* May this love keep our hearts in the Blessed Garden always. Please carry the salaam of my loved ones and I when your eyes next set sight upon the Dome of Green. JazakiAllah khayr for all that you do.

  • almiskenah Reply
    April 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear ALL!!! Sincerest apologies for the long silence and not replying to your comments…one can only stretch so far during peak times 🙂
    Your heartfelt Adiyah are SSOOO appreciated and truly gave a spring to my weariness when I read them, much love and Du’a is returned to you all.
    Dear Sister Ayd, as much as I would love to be meeting so many wonderful sisters, it has become very difficult to keep up with so many known visitors without trying to add new ones. Insha’Allah you understand.
    Dear Umm Mahmoud, yes, the cleaning of the umbrellas will be a never ending task…it will be interesting to see how they withstand the harsh conditions here over the years.
    Dear Mumtaz…ahhh the dreaded bid’ah brigade!!! Insha’Allah they will soon become quiet and given Hidayah through our excessive Du’a! Insha’Allah! Doubt very much that sending them here will change their hard hearts…
    Continue to read your special Du’a Dear Sister Iffat 🙂
    Wassalamu alaikum
    Wassalamu alaikum

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