"the humble" an introduction, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah

The Humble

By In

Has not the time yet come for those who believe that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah and for the truth that has descended. (57:16)

I envisage my humble whisperings weaving a diverse fabric of contemporary impressions interwoven with the rich and wondrous stories passed down to us of Allah’s Most Beloved Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah Radhiallahu anhum. A humble endeavour of portraying facets of living in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah through the eyes of my heart. Wandering, roaming, strolling, meandering, journeying over the blessed earth, rocks and dust, where the Best of Creation, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Companions Radhiallahu anhum trod.

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The awe of residing in such a Mubarak place never leaves one. I am forever reminded of the Hadith which states to the effect that Allah Ta’ala blesses the places where His remembrance is practiced. The houses where there is Dhikr shine unto the dwellers of Jannah, as do the stars shine unto the inhabitants of the earth. Madinah, the Radiant, glows with the millions from all corners of the globe constantly flowing into this effulgence of Light to visit the Light of Lights, the Most Beloved of Allah Ta’ala, His final and last Messenger, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Hearts and tongues constantly engaged in Dhikr, earning all the promises of Sakeenah and Rahmah enveloping the entire city. No soul can be untouched by the sanctity bestowed upon this hallowed and precious piece of ground, with the brilliance of the light piercing the heart.

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I am moved contemplating the satellite image of Madinah, and many nebula images from Hubble, reflecting the essence of this Hadith. Subhanallah, one massive nebula, from untold millions illuminating the skies, and Madinah shining back to the Heavens. Humbling one to the blessed gift of dwelling in Ya Taiba. Physically so close to Allah’s Most Beloved Messenger-may Allah bless him eternally and grant him peace, and his noble Companions, whom Allah is pleased with, as they are pleased with Him. May all who descend on this Dome of Islam, also be spiritually uplifted to the realms of becoming closer to Allah the Bountiful, and being blessed with an intimate nearness to His Habib, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.

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When one attempts to conceive the magnitude of the entire Universe, the mind is benumbed. Ponder on the Earth, one minute aspect of the whole. And according to one narration, to ponder on the Greatness of Allah Ta’ala for one second is as if one is worshipping for 80 years.

Magnificence is every where, the tiniest cell, the loftiest mountain, the oceans deep, the “the sky a preserved and protected roof” of seven heavens, all harmoniously attuned to the rhythms assigned to each and every particle by our Generous Creator. How from all the places created by Allah Ta’ala, this one tiny area of Madinah has been ordained to welcome the Most Noble of Men, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, to impart to the most noble of peoples, his Ummah, the most complete way of living: the Sunnah. Mercy from the Most Merciful, gifting mankind with knowing the purpose of their existence and the ways to happiness and salvation.

 

It is He Who has sent amongst the unlettered an apostle from amongst themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, although they had been, before, in manifest error. (62:2)

 

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, the Enlightened City, the Illuminated City, also known by numerous other titles. I list some as I find them so inspiring, adding to one’s understanding of the grandeur of Al-Madinah,

The Protected City,

The Land of Hijra

The City That Eats Towns

The City Of Iman

The Devoted

The Sacred Place

The City of The Prophet

The Residence

The Residence of Pious People

The Residence of Sunnah

The Curer

Taba

Taiba

The Revealer

The Dome of Islam

The Chosen City

The Entrance of Truth

The Endowed

The Extraordinary

The Formidable

The Comforter

The Beloved

The Destroyer of Disbelief

The Abode of the Justified

The Centre of Emigration

The Abode of Peace

The Centre of Conquest

The Preferred

The Excellent

The Abode of the Chosen

The Village of the Helpers

The Possessor of Date Palms

The Eminent of Towns

The Possessor of Nobility

The Abode of Superiority

The Kindness

The Best

The Mediator

The Blessed

The Believer

The Successful

And Al-MISKEENAH, THE HUMBLE.

 

The name I have chosen as the title of the blog. Representing to me the gentle, compassionate atmosphere permeating the city, but also the dual implication that I am a mere speck in the grand scheme of things, and thus humble myself to the very dust around me, feeling that it has been here since time immemorial, and was witness to our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Companions Radhaiallahu anhum, and their selfless sacrifices for all who followed.

 

Aside. Insha’Allah these humble whispering will evolve in time! A work in progress. I am not so computer literate to know all the technical ins and outs of “blogging”. Sabr and Shukr. May the words dancing on the screen be of benefit. May Allah Ta’ala see my intention, forgive any mistakes and accept this meagre effort. May He bless all readers.

24 Comments

  • nq Reply
    June 11, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Simply beautiful.

    Al Madina Al Munawara is the abode of the best of the creation. The radiance of this city reaches the hearts of the Muslims far and near. It is the abode of Iman, as Rasulullah (Salla Allah Alaihi Wasallam) said.

    nq

  • ma'ida Reply
    June 11, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    as salamu alaykum,
    JazakilLahu khair for this.

  • jummy Reply
    June 11, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    MashaAllah very beautiful.
    We want more!!! InshaAllah when you can, ofcourse, LOL.
    JazzakaAllah khairen. May Allah SWT reward you for the every word and every letter, that you write. Amin.

  • Farah Reply
    June 11, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Wa-alaikum As-salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

    Yaa Khaira Man Dufinat Bilqaai A’dhumahu
    Fa Taaba Min Teebihinnalqaa’u Wa’l Akamu

    Nafsi’l Fidaau Liqabrin Anta Saakinuhu
    Feehi’l ‘Afaafu Wa Feehi’l Joodu Wa’l Karamu

    O the best person ever laid to rest! When his blessed body touched the earth
    His perfumed bones made the earth and the surrounding forest fragrant

    May my soul be sacrificed for the tomb you reside in
    In it there is purity, generosity, munificence”
    Amin.

    This is an amazing blog, dedicated solely to Al Madinah Al Munawwarah where resides the Prince – sallallahu alaihi wasallam! May you achieve what you intend to gain His Pleasure and may it be a means of salavation for you, amin. Jazak Allah Khair for sharing with us Al Madinah Al Munawwarah – the Blessed, Fragrant, Illuminating and Radiant City.

    Jazak Allah Khair to Ma’ida for helping me post this comment!

    wasalaam,
    Farah

  • Farhanah Reply
    June 11, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    As salaamu alaikum,

    Subhanallah, this is beautiful. Great idea. I can’t wait for more about our beloved Prophet and the peaceful city of Madinah. May Allah continue to bless you and inspire you, ameen. wa’salaam.

  • Administrator Reply
    June 12, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    Subhanallah, such sublime words from you all….may Allah Ta’ala bless and accept all efforts we ALL strive to make for His sake. May He give me the ability to develop this humble space to be of benefit to whoever may visit.
    Wassalamu alaikum
    almiskenah

  • Amir Hakim Reply
    June 12, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    BISMILLAH

    May ALLAH grant you a Good End and thank you very much. Please send Salawat upon Sayiddina Muhammad on behalf of the Community of High Wycombe and what more can be said then “you are at the best of places and a most fortunate individual”.

  • Administrator Reply
    June 12, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Warhamatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    Insha’Allah will pass Salam on to our Beloved Habibul Allah SallAllahu alaikum wasallam, specifically mentioning your community. We are all fortunate being of the Ummah of Rasulullah Allah SallAllahu alaikum wasallam. May we all honour where we are, accepting it as the Will of Allah Ta’ala. Any piece of ground on the entire planet will be a witness for our devotions, so may we all be mindful of our actions, constantly striving for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum
    almiskenah

  • Amir Hakim Reply
    June 12, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    May ALLAH accept your pleas and grant you far better than what has been asked. Thank you for your insight and supplications, surely your words and actions are a witness to the blessings of that land and most importantly the Mercy of ALLAH. May ALLAH grant us all an opening. ALLAH is most kind. ALLAH HUMA SALI ALA MUHAMMAD WA ALHAMDULILLAH.

  • Juweariyah Reply
    June 12, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    “May every moment be spent in saying your Darud.
    May I never leave sense, of the Madinan Hadud.
    I wish that my destiny, be tied with Madina.
    For there is the Prophet, and blessed Sakinah.
    May I become a pious servant of Madina.
    Fill my heart, O Allah, with the love of the Sayyid of Madina.” ~
    Ameen, [SallAllahu Ta’ala Alaihi Wasallam]

    Allahumma salli ‘alaa Sayyidinaa Muhammadin-nabiyyil ummiyyu wa ‘alaa aalihi
    wa sallim tasleema.

    As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu : )

    Just a quick note to say an extremely deep and heartfelt mabrook on this noble endeavor. May Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala make this a means through which you earn the highest of states, the loftiest of ranks and stations with Him, and may He grant you complete spiritual success in this life, and the most honourable and desirous of all rewards in the Next. Ameen.

    Love and Duas always.
    J

  • Sidra Reply
    July 15, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Asalamu Alaykum!

    W O N D E R F U L !

    Thank you for this awe-inspiring blog! May Allah place much baraka in your thoughts and intentions and reward you in abundance for all your efforts! Amin..

    🙂

    Wasalams

    Sidra

  • almiskenah Reply
    July 15, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    Jazakillahu khairan ALL, for your encouragement and sweet words. May Allah Ta’ala guide me and put Khair in this effort, and make it of some benefit to all who pass by. Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum
    almiskenah

  • Iftikhar Reply
    August 2, 2006 at 5:26 am

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    May Allah give you strength in keeping this blog going, Ameen.

    Its always wonderful to read about the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon Him and anything associated with Him…..such as Madinah the city of lights, may Allah preserve her.

    Wasalam.

  • Halima Reply
    August 5, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Asalaamu’alaikum,
    Jazak-Allahu Khairan for this beautiful blog.
    May Allah swt reward your efforts.
    Wasalaam

  • Farah Reply
    August 15, 2006 at 1:36 am

    As-salaamu Alaikum,
    The satellite picture/image of Madinah is amazing.

    wasalaam,
    Farah

  • Fatema Reply
    September 9, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
    Dearest Sister in Islam,
    Jazakillah Bilkhair katheeran katheera for starting such a wonderful blog. May Allah reward you the best for your efforts in the duniya and akhirah InshaAllah, and may He continue granting you the close company of the Prophet Salallahu Alaihi wa Sallam for ever. Like the parched earth whose thirst is quenched by rain drops, I feel that my heart’s thrist for the news about the beloved Prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam and blessed Teebah has quenched to some extent by reading the posts on this blog.
    Please Sister could you convey the salams from me and my family to the Most Beloved Prophet Sallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. May Allah help you in continuing this wonderful effort.
    Your sister in Islam,

    Fatema

  • administrator Reply
    September 10, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    Dear Sister Fatema,
    Ameen Ameen Ameen, and Jazakillahu for your sweet words of encouragement. Sometimes the hurdles with doing this seem insurmountable, may Allah Ta’ala give me stamina and provide me with the best words for continuing. Insha’Allah I will convey your collective family Salams to our Noble Nabi, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
    Wassalamu alaikum
    almiskenah

  • Mohamed Reply
    October 13, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Mashallah – I am enthralled and delighted at the content of the website. Please continue to keep us informed about the City of the Prophet Sallalahu alayhe wasalam. If you can also delight us in some of the characters of this noble city especially the scholars. It is also very evident that AllaH SWT has bestowed you with knowledge – May he grant you ilm Laduny.

    Wasalam

  • administrator Reply
    October 14, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    Jazakumullah for your comment, Ameen, to be able to continue these humble whisperings. Allah Ta’ala has so generously bestowed me with His Hidayah, the greatest gift any of us can ever receive. As for ‘Ilm, I only have the little He wills, but never lose hope that His Mercy will continue to increase that, “Rabbi Zidni Ilma”. The Oceans of Knowledge are deep and I am a miskeen swimmer!
    Insha’Allah I will keep in mind my your request, and then see what Allah Ta’ala presents.
    Wassalamu alaikum
    almiskenah

  • hafiz Reply
    October 29, 2008 at 10:22 am

    im so touched by the many stories and wonderful pics you have here. It just makes me yearn more of going to Makkah and Madeenah one day insyaAllah

  • almiskenah Reply
    November 2, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Assalamu alaikum Dear Hafiz, Insha’Allah keep yearning with fervent Du’a. How Allah Ta’ala loves to hear our pleas and surely answers them as He sees best, and what better desire is there than wanting to be in the Sacred Places.
    Wassalamu alaikum

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  • habibah Reply
    March 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    When the lowly tongue is insufficient to describe, one can only say subhan’Allah.

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

      over and over and over…planting trees in Jannah!! SubhanAllah!

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