Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Habibullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, King Abdullah Masjid Expansion, Ya Rabb

…Saqeefa revisited::again::again…

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…this fence has been erected just to the left of the entrance to the tranquil Saqeefa garden…the place where the Banu Sa’edah tribe lived during the golden years of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…SubhanAllah…so much to acquaint yourself with related to this beautiful plot of land… Madinah Saqeefa May 2013b

…is this the beginning of the end for this only garden within miles of Masjid Nabawi?…if, according to all the designs and plans for the gigantic expansion of the Masjid then this retreat will become part of the new extension…

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…a drilling monster works away digging deep into the earth, Allahu ‘alum maybe testing the composition of the ground for its potential for load capacity…

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…really…no words can describe the hearts pain thinking that this may one day be more shiny marble…consumed by the next expansion…wiping out yet more of our glorious past…destroying this secluded sanctuary…not many know of its existence even today…or of its significance…is more of our illustrious history to be buried and long forgotten even more?

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…if plans progress then this hotel and all in line with it will be the first row on the western side of the new Mosque…

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…the King Abdul Aziz Library is in the same row so will be spared…and Allah Ta’ala knows best…

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…this building is destined to go…it was announced years ago that the courtyard would be expanded to encompass this never completed shell…but now the decree is for a structure to be built…and Allah Ta’ala knows best…this building as it was five years ago…and Allah Ta’ala knows best, but the rumours are that it is taking all this time for the authorities to come to fair agreements regarding compensation for the investors and the dozens who pre-rented shop spaces…

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…if all goes to plan you will be inside Masjid Nabawi where these vendors are selling…

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…to give some sort of perspective of the sheer size of just this western section…peer through the walkway…in the distance you see the current facade of the Masjid…all that you see will be the interior of Masjid Nabawi…as well as behind this photo…

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…the variety and quality of plants is not exactly lush as so many know in other climes of Allah Ta’ala’s grand creation…but for the harsh arid conditions of Madinatun Nabi this feels like a heavenly oasis…

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…strange cabbage-like brassicas pop up as pom poms pushing through the cracked soil…wonder why they do not mulch?? 

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…each individual head displays Allah Ta’ala’s artistry…SubhanAllah!!! these simple humble plants combine as a feast for eyes used to bleached desert dust and landscapes devoid of colour…

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…petunias sparkle as stars in a dark sky…bravely resisting an alien climate in their struggle to adapt to this scorched land…the symbolism should not go unnoticed…reflect upon Allah Ta’ala’s wisdom of sending all Prophets to barren lands…and look how they all bravely shone…and still do till this day…delivering messages of guidance and hope…divine mercy manifested…in what may be considered a wasteland is in fact a vast ocean of spirituality…reminders are to be found in every single thing…

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          …in textures…and the life cycle of growth and decay…Madinah Saqeefa May 2013o

…patterns speak like ancient hieroglyphics…

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…the new ready to replace the composting old…how much are we ready to let go of that which has run its course? thoughts…attitudes…worries…misconceptions…useless time wasting habits…take lessons from the garden…

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…open the heart and soul to all that gains favours…spread arms wide to reach the love and mercy of our Rabb…stretch further and further..and then see how He stretches even more to you…embrace the light and compassion of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

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…if happiness were to be measured by the chirping of birds singing in this garden then the ultimate pinnacle would be registered here…SubhanAllah…a most welcomed deafness of sugary sweetness…

…Ya Rabb…save this sanctuary for the Ummah…Ameen…


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.







  • Asiyah Reply
    May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
    Mashallah……..A beautiful garden beautified by its sacred history… May it never be other than a garden Ameen!

    Jazakallahu Khairan for posting..May Allah give you the energy to keep it up!!!
    Much love and dua,

    • almiskenah Reply
      May 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Waalaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Bint Asiyah, Ameen thumma Ameen to your much needed Du’as 🙂
      I can’t believe that this garden may never be seen by your generation. Not to mention how the City of Light and all living and visiting NEEDS GREEN!
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • Asiyah Reply
        June 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        Yes, unbelievable! So sad..

  • saimah Reply
    May 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    dear, may Allah SWT keep Saqeefa as it is much longer than their plans. i had the good fortune of visiting it once wow it was wonderful!!!!even then the birds chirping was phenomenal. ameen to all your prayers fo dear saqeefa. moving to something personal now…. my dear amme also passed away six days after abu Inna Lilallahe wa inna alaihe rajeoon. few days after i got sick and was hospitalized. iam recuperating well alhamdolillah.prayers needed for full recovery inshAllah. your posts have always been inspiring and great source of solace and comfort. may Allah SWT reward you for your efforts and give you himma so that you may continue inshaAllah
    much love hugs and dua

    • almiskenah Reply
      May 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Sister Saimah,
      Inna liLlahi wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. This is bitter sweet news…so sweet that your dear parents were taken back to our Rabb so close together in time after a long life together…may they be seated on couches of brocade, sipping from the Kawthar and in extreme bliss together for Eternity, Ameen…but sad for you and yours with your sudden loss of both parents…and then to read you have not been well! Insha’Allah Shifaa Kaamil is written for you and you are blessed with extra doses of Sabr and a buoyant heart, Ameen.
      JazakiLlahu khaira for your encouraging words. Insha’Allah we see you soon 🙂
      Much love and hugs too,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Blacky Reply
    June 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Asslamualaikum wbt,

    I came across your blog today while googling for mihrab of masjid an nabi, read about the mosque expansion and I know I must bookmark this blog so rich of thoughts, information and beautiful pictures.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Jazakillah khairan.

  • ummi Reply
    September 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum ww dearest respected sister.
    Jazaakillah for this wonderful share. May I ask if the pictures of all the flowers, bark etc. in the garden have been taken by yourself?

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