Alhumdulillah: to experience Allah Ta’ala’s unlimited bounties brings unlimited joy. And unlimited joy is to be found in excessive wishing to be called back to Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.
Impossible to describe the feeling of seeing the illuminated minarets as shafts of light piercing the dark horizon as we drove over the higher incline just past Meeqat in the early hours of the morning of our return. A return that can never be taken for granted. To be invited back after leaving is a blessing beyond mortal words. The soaring minarets symbolically representing protection, security and peace. The glow from the heart of this Radiant City immediately permeates a thirsty soul; one that has just imbibed in a myriad of Dunya luxuries and ease, satiated with pleasantries, jovial laughter, familial love, friendships, gourmet delights, sane living standards, vibrant and verdant landscapes, a clean and respected environment, all this and yet the soul yearned for the one presence SallAllahu alaihi wasallam that defines Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, that IS Madinah. The Beloved Al-Mustafa SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is the shining light that beckons.
Whilst nearby the installation of the first five, from a total of 182, of the courtyard umbrellas opposite Bab As-Salam is underway.
‘Each of these umbrellas will cover about 600 square meters and provide shelter from the sun and rain to about 900 worshippers.
The umbrellas will surround the Prophet’s Mosque from three sides after covering the eastern expansion that was ordered by the King. Six passages will also be covered on the southern side.’
The majority of the eastern expansion now marbled, Insha’Allah it will be ready for the Ramadhan crowds.
The subdued dusk light produces a soft glow after the glare of the day. A gentle reminder of the honour and respect this Radiant City deserves. This chosen sacred place that once was filled with revelations of the Divine Scriptures. Where Jibreel Alaihis Salam frequented, where the constant echo of celebrated praises was heard for miles. Where the dust and the earth became honoured through the blessed presence of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Where the commands of this glorious Deen were announced and proclaimed and immediately implemented.
May we all yearn to inhale the lingering fragrance and the inner essence of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, 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.