Ahlul Bayt, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, Ziyaratun Nabi

…visiting the most blessed neighbour SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

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…Alhumdulillah for a morning of stepping into a blissful honeyed syrup…where the heart melts…where words do not come easily…or are so disjointed and discordant it feels improper trying to force them out while bashing on a keyboard…because ‘visiting’ is truly like entering an unreal space…yes…the eyes see plush carpets, columns, umbrellas, others, shiny marble, decorative features, the glitter of brass and artisan Ottoman lights…one smells the residue of perfume from the presence of brothers at Fajr time…mingled with the brass cleaning substance as labourers polish…of course the overwhelming fragrance is not of this worldly origin…

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…because the fragrance is from the ghayb…from the unseen…from that which the heart and soul know…from our Beloved HabibuLlahu SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…from the celestial presence…from his faithful Companions RadhiAllahu anhum…the Tab’een the Taba Tab’een, the Awliya, pious scholars…this very space has witnessed them all…this sacred space resonates with the essence of them all…this blessed space has enveloped the piety of them all…this hallowed space whispers great secrets to us all if we but block out all else and listen with the ears of the soul…it embraces…it consumes our spirit into a wordless syrup…

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…moving around this sacred area when it is not crowded one has time to deeply reflect upon what it holds…what is means to us in the here and now as the glance sees structure and adornment…this column is one of many that mark the boundary of the extension made when our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam returned after the Battle of Khaybar…walking this boundary was profound…the feet disappeared as if in a time machine back to that golden time…the eye gazed towards the Mubarak houses of Ahl Bayt…the imagination constructed the space as it was…the heart felt the carpet become rubble…this pillar became a palm trunk…the ornate ceiling palm fronds…one feels in awe of all giants who have frequented this very ground…bringing all these emotions to the fore empowers Iman…boosts Taqwa…strengthens Tawakkul…SubhanAllah…

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…so…reluctantly returning to reality…the foreground shows the top of the barrier that is erected after Fajr, Zuhur and Esha Salats in order to separate the sisters from the brothers during these Ziyarah times…it is impossible for a sister to show how the other side is…but there are many video clips available and when the livestream broadcasts details can be seen…but to the far left the triangular top of the Mihrab represents where the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam originally offered Salat …then slightly to the right of this…almost in the middle of the photo parts of the Mimbar can be seen…

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…the triangular section seen to the left, above is the Uthmani Mihrab, used by the Imam during the Ottoman times…

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…many school groups take the opportunity to bring children for Ziyarah during these quiet times…Masha’Allah…they look so cute in their line formations…may Allah Ta’ala plant the seeds of love for their Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the Deen in their innocent hearts Ameen…

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Allahumma salli ‘ala Badrit-tamaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Nuriz-zalaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Miftaahi Daaris-Salaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Shafee’i fee jamee-il anaam

Allah! Send blessings upon the Full Moon in brilliance.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Light overwhelming darkness.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Key to the Abode of Peace.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Intercessor of all humanity.

two hours in the Meadow of Jannah…from August 28…the previous window of ‘quiet time’ when visas were not issued…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…NB…sister’s bags are still checked as they enter Masjid Nabawi but no longer are smartphones deemed ‘forbidden’…so it is now common for phones to be seen taking photos within the area opened for sister’s Ziyarah…I am still ambivalent with taking photos here…maybe using this blog as an excuse is not good enough…may Allah Ta’ala forgive me of any wrong if the intention is not accepted as being sincere…however I do stop at the ‘selfie’ obsession already seen several times during this visit…and would never resort to taking photos actually in Rowdha Shareef…AstaghfiruLlah…

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.

8 Comments

  • ayd Reply
    November 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Mashallah.. so beautiful. Imagining myself at Raudah Mubarak.. Asalaatu wasallam . Most beautiful post sister miskeenah. Duas Allah tala return us all over again to Haramain Sharefain. Aameen

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Ayd and family,
      Ameen thumma Ameen.
      Insha’Allah you are soon called back…its been so long since seeing you 🙂
      May you all be in the best of states by the grace of Allah Ta’ala, Ameen
      Love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Chitra Reply
    November 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I for one, am very thankful for your photos of this most blessed place! They have opened many eyes and hearts to the beauty of your faith. Thank you.

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Dear Chitra and family,
      I often think of you…more so as we see your part of the world is blanketed in snow. Hopefully you are warm and safe and well.
      Praise be to God for your appreciative views and for sharing them here 🙂
      Peace, Love and Light

  • Ayesha Reply
    November 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Asalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Pyaari KN!
    JazakAllahkhair for this most beautiful post! You put words to the overwhelming emotions that overcome one so beautifully! MashaAllah!! The photographs are also stunning subhanAllah
    Love and prayers

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Bint Ayesha,
      May I soon hear of your visit to the Best of Neighbours SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Am patiently waiting as I am sure he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is too 🙂
      Love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • Ayesha Reply
        November 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        Insha Allah, craving such a visit!!! <3

        • almiskenah Reply
          November 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          Insha’Allah more Du’a from us both 🙂

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