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…snaps::five…Darul Madinah Museum…

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…a slight diversion from the ‘snap’ theme of this month as this morning was spent visiting the new Dar al-Madinah Museum with Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, his brother Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar and Shaykh Kamaluddin all Khalifa of Shaykh Zulfiqar (may Allah Ta’ala preserve and increase them all) and a large group accompanying them from the US…so blessed to be in such company and soaking in the Barakah, Masha’Allah…

…unlike the previous Kaki Museum where the main focus was on artifacts displayed from relatively recent Madanian times, the new museum’s focus is on the Seerah with many new models and interactive dioramas (explained in Arabic)…a must visit for all who are living and or visiting Madinatun Nabi Insha’Allah…unfortunately it was not permitted to take photos in the actual museum section…

… the following ‘snaps’ reveal the lavish style of the interior of the other sections of the building, along with decorative poster displays and models of how the city will eventually appear…this development will surely change the innate character of this eastern side of the City of Light…

…model of Fahda Bint Al Assi Bin Sharmain Masjid…

…a different view…

…the new English edition (SR250) of Dr Kaki’s Arabic title as shared here…and also now available is Dr Kaki’s new edition of the three volume set Pictorial Madinah (SR300)…

…red dot indicates where the Knowledge Economic City building is located with the new Dar al-Madinah Museum being part of the complex…for the moment this building is the only one completed within the massive plan for this modern city…the rest of the surrounding green on the map is still a dusty plain being surveyed with infrastructures being installed…not much seems to have changed since this post in October

Insha’Allah call before visiting, especially groups +966 557168138

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

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.

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  • Zia Reply
    April 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Just wish that there is some place for my family in Madinah.The more i read your blog the urge of hijrah become stronger and stronger.

    Soon some one will report you to saudi immigration authorities. 🙂

    Jummah mubarak to you as well noble sister.Duaoo ki darkhast

  • Foxcrawl Reply
    April 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    indeed, impressive art images delivered by the museums

  • almiskenah Reply
    April 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    dear Brother Zia, keep making Du’a…fervent Du’a in the middle of the night when Allah Ta’ala is asking you if you want anything! Insha’Allah I am not sought after by the ‘authorities’…only by Allah Ta’ala to be called upon and lowered into Jannatul Baqi!!!
    Yes, Dear Foxcrawl, the new museum and the building it is housed in is very impressive…such a contrast from when it was just off Quba Street.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • Umm Safiya Reply
    April 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

    This was the highlight of our visit Auntie! JAK so much for recommending. Husband bumped into Dr Kaki too! Now to get through those books.

  • Umm Safiya Reply
    April 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

    oh and am interested in one of those villas….

  • almiskenah Reply
    April 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dearest Umm Safiya and family, they have excelled themselves with this museum! Everyone being inspired by the models and exhibits and the detail to the Seerah with the presentations, Alhumdulillah. Masha’Allah you got some books! A wonderful asset and great resources for the children’s education, and the bonus of meeting Dr Kaki!
    Insha’Allah your ‘interest’ in the villa transforms into a reality 🙂 I think you can own one if it is outside the Sacred Boundary…which is not far from the museum. Will email asa…
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • Dr. Abu Ahmed Shamsul Haque Barbhuiya Reply
    June 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    As-salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

    You are displaying pictures and information which are simply invaluable for one who is doing research on Holy Madinah Al-Munawarah. May Allah give best reward for your work.
    My hearty Salam and well-wishes for you.

    A.A.Shamsul Haque Barbhuiya.

    • almiskenah Reply
      June 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Dear Dr. Abu Ahmed Shamsul Haque Barbhuiya, JazakumuLlahu khaira…Insha’Allah energy levels will be boosted by Allah Ta’ala as the heat and an overload of commitments takes their toll on this frazzled speck, Du’a needed 🙂
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • javeria Reply
    July 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Assalamu Alaykum,
    Jazakallah for sharing about this museum. I got to know about it through your blog and visited it in Feb this year. SubhanAllah this was an amazing experience. They also allowed us to take photos. I have shared them on my blog if any one wants to see them.
    http://javeria.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/my-visit-muthaf-dar-al-medina-dar-al-medina-museum/

    • almiskenah Reply
      July 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Sister Javeria,
      Alhumdulillah for your visit and for sharing your photos. Insha’Allah I want to return to the museum soon as it is so educational and needs more than one visit to absorb the exhibits.
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • javeria Reply
        July 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        Yes indeed. I wish to visit it again soon InshaAllah. I have a question for you. At the museum the guide explained that the resting place of our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam was inside the courtyard of Aisha (ra) Hujra. According to the books by Imtaiz Ahmed, the Hujra was a hut which contained a room and an open but small courtyard. However most of the books state that he was buried in the room of Aisha. Where as Dar Al Medina musuem have shown the burial place to be in the partly shaded courtyard. Could you please verify which is the correct opinion.

        • almiskenah Reply
          September 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

          Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
          Dear Sister Javeria,
          oh so sorry…I was just replying to the next comment when I saw I had not replied to yours 🙁 I do lose some in the pile sometimes.
          I must say I am not a scholar, but I agree with your observation and the majority of Ahadith on this matter, Actually I commented to the brother who does the art work for many of the researchers here that one impression I saw of the rooms of the Ummahtul Mu’mineen was contrary to what many others have illustrated or what books have said, He replied saying these were the instructions given by the researchers and that is how the rooms were at first, then they changed to being adjacent to the original Masjid rather than at right angles to it…Allahu ‘Alum.
          May we take our knowledge from authentic sources and ask Allah Ta’ala for guidance on these matters, Insha’Allah.
          Wassalamu alaikum

  • Y Siddiqui Reply
    September 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Salam.

    Do you know if the museum is open during Hajj season or if there is a website to find out ways how to enter or reach and timings. i am a group leader with one of the travel agencies for this year and have been learning a lot from your blog. I’ll May Allah bless you in this life and the hereafter.

    I will try to convince my Head of the agency to take the Hujjaj’s over there if I get more info.

    Anyways, I forgot I read somewhere on your blog about the Ghar-e-Uhad and how you said that the Ghar is still accessible. I’m sorry to let you know that people who visited this year told me that it has been blocked of. The entire entrance to the cave has been covered with concrete. I haven’t seen it with my eyes yet but last year I took a group from my family and were able to vist the cave. The first time I found out about the cave was in 2006 with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and ever since I try to go there when I’m in Madinah. Words cant do justice with the feeling of being inside that place but unfortunately we will be deprived of another piece of historic significance and a place where many would feel a sense of connection with our Beloved Rasool al Allah.

    • almiskenah Reply
      September 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Y Siddiqui,
      this is the contact # I have for the museum, Insha’Allah it is the correct one +966 557168138

      Do confirm with them, but the opening hours have been from 10am in the morning until Zuhur and then after Asr until about 10pm in the evening. The museum is about 5km from Haram, depending on traffic about half an hour to get there. It is well worth the visit. All I have known to have gone there are extremely impressed. One learns so much about the Seerah while there.
      I did post about the wanton and disgraceful act at Ghar Uhud
      http://almiskeenah.com/AlMadinahAlMunawwarah/uhud-cave

      May Allah Ta’ala spread his Hidayah to our beloved sacred sites…and if these callous souls take them away may we NEVER erase the knowledge of such places from our hearts.
      Insha’Allah your tour guide takes the group to the museum. Also the exhibitions are open at two places just outside the courtyard on the western and on the southern sides. Though I think the one at the former Aswaq al Haram is more about the construction sector. Interesting regards all the projects that are underway, but the western one is about the Seerah.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Yasir Reply
    September 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    JazakAllah for the info,

    Sorry I didn’t realize that you have posted about the ghar Uhud, I Stumbled on the blog through google very recently so have to go through a lot of stuff. I saw some very interesting posts and also saw a familiar face of brother Khalid in one of the pages. Khaldi Bhai is my man for all the Attars when I am there and he gives the best prices and probably the only one carrying sheikh Yaqoubi mix.

    Anyways, I spoke to the head of the travel agency and he did his maths and after his calculation. he agreed that we should take everyone to the museum and he will pay for the entry costs and the transport 🙂 .

    The only problem is it is now my job to do the logistics part ;-( including providing directions to the museum and reserving it for the group. There is a total of 1000 hajjis from North America and not an easy task since I dont know it on the first place and my arabic is pretty minimal.

    InshaAllah, When I’m there I’ll try to contact some locals for help and hopefully they are aware of this museum. If not, then maybe hire a Madinah University student to direct everyone and do a small tour.

    InshaAllah may Allah make everything easy and accept it from Us.

    Yasir

    • almiskenah Reply
      September 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Brother Yasir and the 1000 strong from North America, SubhanAllah!!! This is so heartwarming to read! Yes, you would need to coordinate with the Museum so that arrangements could be made to stagger the visit. They provide a guide who talks groups through the various exhibits and models, but I am not sure how this would work with so many. Do you already have connections with some of the Uni students? Many groups do use them to assist with their Hajj arrangements. I am not sure I can be of any help, but maybe able to find some one who could be available. The directions are the easy part. Straight along King Abdul Aziz Rd towards the Knowledge city site…once you see the new railway station looming to your right then make a u-turn and then take the immediate right…you can see the building easily from the road as it stands alone.
      Alhumdulillah for you knowing Khalid Bhai…and yes, he is the only one with the Sh Yaqoobi mixes that are so popular.
      Do tell the group about this blog 🙂 …there is so much information over the years, especially in the ‘virtual tours’ category.
      You must be ready to leave any day I guess? May it be a Qabool Hajj for you all, Ameen.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Yasir Reply
    September 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    There are 1000 total Hajjis with the travel agency but Alhamdolillah I only have 40 people assigned to me, and there are more group leaders like me taking time off from our regular day jobs and helping during the Hajj Season. I know of a uni students who is right now in charge for the airport arrivals, InshaAllah, I will see him over the weekend when I get there and maybe he is familiar with the museum.

    We also try to get few sisters from Madinah who can speak English and can dedicate some time to assist older sisters or anyone who needs assistance for the Ziyarah of Prophet (SAW). We also have great scholars from North America including Sheikh Yahya Rhodus and Sheikh Mohsin Najjar from UK. We also have few Moulana and Mufti’s from Dar-ul-Uloom who are raised in the US. There will be 3 sessions daily with these scholars at Al Haram Hotel after the Fajar, Zuhr and Asr prayer.

    If you want to talk about Virtues of Madinah or anything related to the historical significance of the Land based on your experience. I can definitely talk to the person responsible for the Education Series and try to get you a slot. This way you can share your knowledge of the blessed land and sisters can feel comfortable asking questions to a sister who is more experienced with the etiquette of Madinah.

    I will be sending an email to all my 40 hajjis about this blog. 🙂 and will share with more later.

  • almiskenah Reply
    October 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    Dear Brother Yasir and all you represent in this upcoming Hajj,
    Masha’Allah, a stunning array of scholars associated with your group. May Allah Ta’ala’s blessings reach every heart and soul.
    Insha’Allah your organization will be full of Noor…and the benefits to the group be shining in both worlds for you all, Ameen.
    It is of utmost importance for sisters to know before hand the daunting and chaotic facts for Ziyarah of our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wassalam…this post provides some background
    http://almiskenah.blogsome.com/2007/07/26/ziyaratun-nabi-04/
    I will email you.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  • almiskenah Reply
    October 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    and this is a MUST read, related to Ziyarah for sisters
    http://almiskenah.blogsome.com/2007/11/14/ziyaratun-nabi-07-revisitedagain/

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