Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif, construction, King Abdullah Masjid Expansion

…wandering west…again…

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…and so the next building tumbles…one month agotwo months ago…the one on the right, Funduq Karam is being gutted…see photos below…

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…this huge complex over the road from Karam (just visible to the left) still remains ominously vacated of all activity…unbelievable if this is to be demolished…Jabal Sal’a seen in the background…to think the Sahabah RadhiAllah used to walk over it to reach tribes on the other side…and see story of Ka’b ibn Malik…

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…hints of Jabal Sala’ through the partially constructed concrete shell…

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…accessing the demolition area via this alley way of stalls…even though it was peak mid day sun many of the regular sisters were there with their small babies and children…a philanthropist had just been handing our boiled eggs SubhanAllah…

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…regardless of the dust and the ack ack acking and scraping of metal on stone and crashing thuds of falling masonry the vendors sit and wait and hope…

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…standing here I could hear yelling…thinking it was the usual complaints being yelled at this crazy sister with a camera so the strident voices were ignored…until I happened to look up where three labourers were frantically waving their hands for me to move as they were pitching hunks and slabs of concrete into this dilapidated old truck…

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…these sites are not cordoned off…

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…so onward I wandered…

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…thoughts not far from how similar scenes are sadly all too familiar in too many places across the region…but the warped difference being that here they are supposedly for a noble cause…

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…turning 180 degrees to see Saqeefa…still there is no information about its status in the new expansion plans…

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…the library still remains…but it cannot be for long as buildings either side are being attacked…maybe next time I wander this way it will also be archived into the annuls history…the domes of Masjid Ghamama in the far distance…

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…and the partially demolished leaning building seems unchanged from a month ago…

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…turning into the courtyard facing Babul Salam are the new prominent signs indicating gate numbers…

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…the new paving as part of the landscaping around Masjid Ghamama is slowly taking shape…Insha’Allah it does not become a haven of vendors but remains an open areas with trees as according to the artists impression of the project…

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…but nearby Masjid Umar is being hemmed in on three sides by mushrooming hotels…

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…Insha’Allah access will eventually be from this southern side…

…Insha’Allah do keep the Haramain as part of your regular Adiyah…

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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