Makeover of Mecca ~ Kaaba.

I bumped into this blog which had a similar subject to what article, I was writing then. It is rather interesting and “Las Vegas of the East” was another insult that the west conveniently finds appropriate for putting up in their newspaper on a certain article relating to the massive constuction around the kaaba.

Please do visit this site to read what some others as well as what the authors point of view is:

http://canterburyblues.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/extreme-makeover-mecca/

Personally, I feel, having all those tall sky scrappers just across the gates of Kaaba are completly unnecessary and a total waste of money. What really are the money mongers selling ? Kaaba view rooms, apartments, duplexes ?????? Shamefull, if you ask me. One travels miles across to spend his precious moments in repentence, in finding peace, in asking forgiveness and feeling that phenomenal feeling that you get no where else in the world but in the Kaaba. That is not the place for the spoilt, the arrogant and the status conscious !! If they cannot give up their luxuries, their comforts and their self proclaimed importance …. what ARE THEY doing there in the first place ??? 

A compact clean room with clean sheets, running hot/cold water and electricity is more than enough when you intend to spend at least 5 salaats if not more in the masjid ! Are you really spending all that money on a five star apartment to please Allah or have a picnic ????? Plenty of places for picnic spots in Mecca, the kaaba not being one of them.

Nobody visits Mecca, to buy exclusive jewellry or watches or to eat out at five star 7 course meals !! What is the purpose of visiting Kaaba ? Is that so lost to the Government ? 

We as muslims are asked to wear the same clothes which is the two unstitched white sheets to cover our bodies for men. That is  a symbol that stands for equality amongst rich, poor, black, white, pink, yellow or turqoise or which ever race we belong to. Then why does the saudi government allow for these unnecessary landmarks when they are blessed with the entire world’s holliest landmark ? If they must have huge and tall buildings (to accomodate the large numbers of pilgrims in Hajj and Ramadhan periods ) then have them atleast 30-40 kms away from the Haram. Why are they so short sighted ? Why are they going against the very principles of Islam which disagrees with extravagance and spending on luxuries when it can easily be spent on uplifting and benefiting the muslim society as such with schools, bridges, hospitals, roads etc …

I completly disagree with the need created for these sky scrappers. And perhaps for once I agree with what the west feel about which direction we are going in or should I say,” that are being lead” !

Regrettably I close my argument here.

If you are going to read the article of which I have provided the link up above, please make sure you also read the youtube slide presentation of what plans Atkins has for the reconstruction of the outer area of Kaaba. which is, as they said, not been approved till now.

Kaaba Pictures 2010

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I came across this really fantastic set of pictures in Facebook and I just had to share the pictures mainly of The Haram ~ Ka’aba with you’ll since a large number of my visitors love to see pictures of the kaaba. The images are phenomenal. I am not certain, which group the pics belong to, but if I do find out, I will surely credit them as well. Meanwhile, please find the blessings and Peace in watching these remarkable pictures.

Naush

Hajj 2010

I was sent the link to this particular site which has posted some fantastic pictures of Hajj and Hajji’s of this year 2010. For anyone remotely interested in Haj, please check out all their pictures on the link below. It is super amazing and breathtaking..

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/11/hajj_2010.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed2_HP

Picture borrowed from The big picture ~ Boston.com

50 Signs of the Day of Judgment

The Signs are listed in roughly chronological order, although the order is not necessarily precise, especially for those in the future.

This is a brief summary of the signs; there are many books, articles, cassettes etc. which discuss these in greater detail. May Allah enable us to recognise and heed the Signs, and strengthen us in the times of tribulation.

“Are they waiting for anything except the Hour, to come to them suddenly? But its Signs have already come!” (Al-Qur’an, Surah Muhammad)

Past

1. Splitting of the Moon.

2. Death of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

3. A form of death which will kill thousands of Muslims. (Understood to refer to the plague of Amwas during thecaliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab.)

4. A major fighting in Madinah (understood to refer to the battle of al-Harrah during the caliphate of Yazid, 63 AH).

5. The Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.

6. The Muslim conquest of Constantinople.

7. Two large groups of Muslims will fight in war.

8. A war between the Muslims and a reddish people with small eyes, wearing sandals made of hair (understood to refer tothe Mongol Tatar invasion of the Islamic lands.)

9. A peace agreement between the Muslims and non-Muslims from the yellow race (Chinese, Mongols, etc.)

10. Thirty impostors (dajjal) will appear, each thinking he is a prophet.

Present?

11. Naked, destitute, barefoot shepherds will compete in building tall buildings.

12. The slave-woman will give birth to her master or mistress.

13. A trial (fitnah) which will enter every Arab household.

14. Knowledge will be taken away (by the death of people of knowledge), and ignorance will prevail.

15. Wine (intoxicants, alcohol) will be drunk in great quantities.

16. Illegal sexual intercourse will become widespread.

17. Earthquakes will increase.

18. Time will pass more quickly.

19. Tribulations (fitan) will prevail.

20. Bloodshed will increase.

21. A man will pass by the grave of another and wish he was in the latter’s place.

22. Trustworthiness will be lost, i.e. when authority is given to those who do not deserve it.

23. People will gather for prayer, but will be unable to find an imam to lead them.

Future

24. The number of men will decrease, whilst the number of women will increase, until for every man there are 50 women.

25. The Euphrates will reveal a treasure of gold, and many will die fighting over it, each one hoping to be the one who gainsthe treasure.

26. The Romans (Europeans) will come to a place called A’maq or Wabiq, and an army of the best people will go forth from Madinah to face them.

27. The Muslim conquest of Rome.

28. The Mahdi (guided one) will appear, and be the Imam of the Muslims.

29. Jesus Christ will descend in Damascus, and pray behind the Mahdi.

30. Jesus will break the cross and kill the swine, i.e. destroy the false christianity.

31. The Antichrist (al-masih al-dajjal, the false christ) will appear, with all his tools of deception, and be an immense trial. He will be followed by 70,000 Jews from Isfahan (present-day Iran).

32. The appearance of Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog), and the associated tribulations.

33. The emergence of the Beast from the Earth, carrying the Staff of Moses and the Seal of Solomon, who will speak to the people, telling them they did not believe with certainty in the Divine Signs.

34. A major war between the Muslims (including Jews and Christians who truly believe in Jesus after his return) led by the Imam Mahdi, and the Jews plus other non-Muslims led by the Antichrist. 

35. Jesus will kill the Antichrist at the gate of Ludd (Lod in present-day Israel, site of an airport and a major Israeli military base).

36. A time of great peace and serenity during and after the remaining lifetime of Jesus.

37. Wealth will come so abundant that it will become difficult to find someone to accept charity.

38. Arabia will become a land of gardens and rivers.

39. Society will then decay.

40. The buttocks of the women of the tribe of Daws will again sway in circumambulation (tawaf) around the idol Dhul-Khulsah.

41. A great fire in the Hijaz, seen by the inhabitants of Busra.

42. Three major armies will sink into the earth: one in the east, one in the west, one in Arabia.

43. An Abyssinian leader with thin shins will destroy the Ka’bah.

44. The huge cloud of smoke.

45. The sun will rise from the west (its place of setting).

46. A gentle wind which will take the souls of the believers.

47. There is no-one left on the earth saying, “Allah, Allah” or “There is no god except Allah.”

48. Eventually the Day of Judgment is established upon the worst of the people, who copulate like donkeys in public.

49. The blowing in the Trumpet by the Angel Israfil, upon which everyone will faint except as Allah wills.

50. The second blowing in the Trumpet, upon which everyone will be resurrected.

The last Khutbah. The last sermon of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

The Prophet’s Last Sermon. It was there that he, while sitting on his camel, delivered his sermon in a loud voice to his people. He began by praising God and thanking Him, and then turning to the people, he said:

 “O Men, listen well to my words, for I do not know whether I shall meet you again on such an occasion in the future. O Men, your lives and your property shall be inviolate until you meet your Lord. The safety of your lives and of your property shall be as inviolate as this holy day and holy month. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Thus do I warn you. Whoever of you is keeping a trust of someone else shall return that trust to its rightful owner. All interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. God has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to `Abbas ibn `Abd al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived. Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived. And the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabi’ah ibn al Harith ibn `Abd al Muttalib. O Men, the devil has lost all hope of ever being worshipped in this land of yours. Nevertheless, he still is anxious to determine the lesser of your deeds. Beware of him, therefore, for the safety of your religion. O Men, intercalation or tampering with the calendar is evidence of great unbelief and confirms the unbelievers in their misguidance. They indulge in it one year and forbid it the next in order to make permissible that which God forbade, and to forbid that which God has made permissible. The pattern according to which the time is reckoned is always the same. With God, the months are twelve in number. Four of them are holy. Three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Sha’ban. O Men, to you a right belongs with respect to your women and to your women a right with respect to you. It is your right that they not fraternize with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery. But if they do, then God has permitted you to isolate them within their homes and to chastise them without cruelty. But if they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers. Remember that you have taken them as your wives and enjoyed their flesh only under God’s trust and with His permission. Reason well, therefore, O Men, and ponder my words which I now convey to you. I am leaving you with the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet. If you follow them, you will never go astray. O Men, harken well to my words. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your own selves. O God, have I conveyed Your message?”

When the Prophet finished his sermon, he dismounted and waited until noon, at which time he performed both the noon and the midafternoon prayers. He then mounted his camel and proceeded to al Sakharat where he recited to the people the concluding divine revelation:

 “Today I have completed for you your religion, and granted you the last of my blessings. Today I have accepted for you Islam as the religion.” [Qur’an, 5:4] This short clip was taken from the Film “Al – Risala” May Allah bless all thall the people who created this wonderful Documentary Film about Islam. After you finish watching this video please share it with your profile. Let’s spread it to all the Muslim!! Visit http://www.iloveAllaah.com

I’m Back.

Hello friends, I’m back.

There are mainly two reasons why we dont update our daily dairies or blog :

  1. Just too lazy to feed it
  2. far too many things happening to keep track of.

Last couple of months have been so hectic. So many great and not so good things happened.

Before I go into all that, I’d like to share with you my new motto : “Life Is Good”

I think inspite of the scores and scores of incidents that happen in our daily lives, one thing we should never forget is to thank the Almighty for the blessings coz Life is Good. Look around you, perhaps look at the news and you’ll find plenty of reasons to be happy with what we have.

No the summer has not been a soul searching period for me, on the contrary, it was a period when I hoped to catch some time off to soul search.

The summer camp was good. I had not expected a great response coz most of the families were out, but considering I got as many children as I wanted, I am happy. We held the class two days a week and the program ended  in a month.

I also held a card making and alter art class for ladies every monday which was fruitful too. Although this was supposed to be for ladies, I didnt mind young- college- going- girls joining too.

As end of August approached, the delimma began, school Admissions !!

We need to have Eman in a special school which can cater to his specific needs.

Bilal and Sawaab are reluctant to go back to DASS for obvious reasons. Inspite of all the sheer nonsense going around Dubai that schools will be flying empty come september, I have still not managed to find a school that has any spaces available !! The good news though is that DASS has taken drastic steps to making very prominent and remarkable improvements. All the new teachers have been taken from the US, only three of the previous teachers remain, they now have a councellor and also a vice principal. Inspite of all this, some of the most notorious student faces are still lingering in there ! 

Inspite of a long and nerve recking wait, we finally got our umrah visa for saudi arabia. we left on 27th Aug and returned on 5th September. 6 days in Mecca and 3 in medina. We had prepared ourselves for some inconveniences but pleasently everything went so smooth. Alhamduallah, It was the most ELATING experience we had, although we were fasting, zam zam on the heads and sheila, made it easy. It is by far not easy to perform umrah in the month of Ramadan, that too fasting, but believe me, it is every bit worth it. I will be making a photobucket album very shortly for all the muslim brothers and sisters to view and perhaps get some information and advice too.

We are back now and still in a state of joy and sadness. Joy because being in the Haram, so close to Baitulallah is probably the best experience we have ever had and sad, because I regret why we did’nt do it earlier.  Inshallah we hope to go back every year in Ramadan.

Dear friends, here I have only placed very very few photos just to give you a glimpse of our journey, please do visit again, coz I will be placing the link of my photobucket album with detailed descriptions.

Our pilgrimage

Our pilgrimage

drenched in zam zam

drenched in zam zam

After the second umrah.

After the second umrah.

lost in pensive thoughts and dua.

lost in pensive thoughts and dua.

the side where hill marva is.

the side where hill marva is.