Saturday, June 24, 2006

some pix v took in madina (saudi arabia)

Assalamalaykum everybody
We are inshallah going to umrah on 28june and returning on 3rd July inshallah.We'll pray juma in Mekkah Mukarramah inshallah and spend 1 day in Madina Munavvarah inshallah.Anyone has any special duas?? or Anyone wants to send thier salam 2 Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho Alayhi Wassalam at his Mubarak Rauza (grave) in Masjid Nabvi??

Here i write about our trip to MAdinah Munavvarah in hajj and umrah both-
Masjid-e-Nabvi is BEAUTIFUL extremely heavenly BEAUTIFUL!! U marvel at its beauty.Afterall its the masjid of prophet(PBUH).He along with Sahabiya(his companions) had built it.First it was built with Date leaves, mud...Now it has so beautiful and intricate carvings in the pillars, air conditioned and all.We went to Roza-e -Aqdas ( the place where Prophet (PBUH) was buried) which was the hijra (house) of Hazrat Aisha Razi Allah taala Anha.At the roza -e Aqdas`we went to say our salam to Prophet Mohammed Salallaho Alayhi Wassallam.It's a very very emotional and heartwarming sensation.It is said that when u visit the Roza-e-Aqdas it is as if u hav visited Huzoor Aqdas Sallalaho Alayhi Wassalam in person.

In hajj-After putting everything in hotel v go to MAsjid NAbvi.The beautiful and magnificient masjid with 41 gates to enter inside. Due to hajj it is full of people.So we pray outside.If u go 1 or 2 hrs b4 namaz time then u can get space inside.Well after praying isha we cum back coz the masjid closes at around 11:30pm.And also we won't be able 2 go to the Rauza(grave of Prophet Mohammed Salallaho Alayhi Wassalam).As women have their time after fajr and from 11 to 1 pm. We wake at 2pm and take bath wear good clothes and set 2wards the holy mosque.There is a peaceful atmosphere in Madinah Munavvarah.Though there are thousands of people here but still there is a quiteness and calm preavailing over whole of madinah.The people of MAdinah are also soft natured. Its tahajjud time.Masjid is almost empty in women's section.We enter from the gate no.29 as from here the partition will be opened for women to go to the Rauza.there Bab-e-Jibril: Through this gate Hazrat Jibril, the angel, used to visit the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him). This is the gate Through which we go to Jannat-ul-Baqi'.

We occupy the space near to the partition.There are women of different nationalities to be seen.On my right hand and behind are indonesians.In front of me is a group of Nigerians.Just near them are Turkish old ladies.Some pakistanis can also be spotted.(Indian and pakistanis are less to be seen coz they come after hajj is over to MAdinah Munavvarah.) Irani women are also sitting.Thus, women of every country can be seen here. Afetr fajr every1 stands up in anticipation that the partition will be opened any time.After 1 hour of sabr the partition opens from the other end.UGHHH!!! but sabr we have 2 do in the whole hajj.well, women are rushing.U dont have 2 walk.the flow of crowd will take u.So we wait for some time then go calmly with bowed heads,tears streaming,heart beating with excitement and durood on our lips.As the Rauza draws nearer so does our excitement grows. Now the rauza is in front of us.The most paak ,most beautiful,most precious strip of land in the whole universe.Oh! what a wonderful feeling.We say our salam quitely to first Rasool aqdas salallaho alayhi wassalam the beloved prophet of Allah subhano taala.Then to HAzrat Abu BAkr Raziallah taala anhu(who is buried on one side of Rasool aqdas sallallaho alayhi wassalam).then say our salam 2 hazrat Umar raziallah talah anhu. Do duas whatever comes in mind. We want 2 go to Riyaz ul Jannnah 2 pray( the strip between the Rauza and rasool's mimbar where praying nafil holds lot of sawab).It is marked with green carpet.But going there is very difficult as there is throng of women there.So we just go and pray nafil somewhere near and do lots of dua specially for our ummah and that may Allah subahano taala accept Prophet MOhammad Salaallalaho alayhi wassalam's shifa'at for us on the day of qiyamat (judgement).Then we come back.Go back to hotel.Come again for Zuhur and then go after isha.
After every farz namaz there's a namaz of janazah (dead) also. 3 days we spend in MAdinah Munavvarah.ONe more chance we get 2 go to RAuza but going to Riyaz ul JAnnah is again very very difficult.,Also we don't do much effort 2 go as we had the chance 2 pray there in Umrah Alhamdulillah.The mimbar can be seen where Huzooor used to do imamat(heading) of namaz.But truly, we couldn't see much due to the rush of people.Then next day we again went 2 the Rauza with great difficulty,Said our salam and did lots of duas.Prayed that may Allah bring us here again and again.Then with numb heart we came back.(did one more effort 2 go to riyaz ul jannah but in vain).
Then we went to see Uhud the mountain where the famous Islamic war took plcae-Ghizva-e-Uhud.The mountain about which Prophet Huzoor Aqdas Salallaho Alayhi Wassalam said that i love this mountain.This mountain is a mountain of jannnat.

We said salam 2 shuhuda (martyrs) of Ghizwa uhud.Prayed for them that MAy Allah Subhano taala grant them the highest level of jannah.And may we also have the same spirit of sacrifice for islam.At the Battle of Uhud there were about 3000 mushrikeen who wanted to avenge the defeat of Badr and about 700 Muslims.
We also saw the mountain on which Prophet Mohammed salalllaho alayhi wassalam had put on gaurd some sahabis.And had asked them not to go move from that place.But as soon as the muslims started gaining power on kaaafir and the kaafir started running away those sahabis thought that we have gained victory and they ran down.Their leader stopped them but they said now we r victorious.As soon as the kaafir saw that place ungaurded and only a handful of sahabi there they attacked from there.This caused panic among muslims.On top of that the kaafir rumoured that Prophet Mohammed Salalllaho alayhi wassalam got shaheed.This caused great despair among the sahabis.Then Anas raziallah tala anhu called the sahabis and they then fought bravely with the kuffar. Although militarily the Battle of Uhud was not a victory for the Muslims it was also not a victory for the mushrikeen. If you look at it from another point of view the Battle was a victory for the Muslims as many lessons can be derived from it. The Battle of Uhud: Victory - Not Defeat

During hajj-there were groups of people 2 visit uhud.Turkish old men and women.A man with a bosnia flag and people of bosnia behind him.People gathered round their leaders and following them just like on the day of qiyamat when every ummat will follow its prophet.

We also saw the mountain calle Jabal-e-eer .This mountain is a mountain of Jahannum(hell).on the day of qayamat it will be thrown in jahannum.

We also went to BAdr where another famous war Badr took place in which there were about 1000 mushrikeen and about 300 Muslims and Prophet Mohammmed (SAW) prayed for the muslims victory for 3 days and his dua was accepted and now Masjid Ureesh is built at that place and we prayed there.Near the battlefield there was the mountain where farishtay(angels ) had descended to fight for the muslims.The muslims had been victorious. During our return from Badr we also visited a well called BAir-ur-Roha.(Bair is an arabic word for well).Near this well there was a masjid and 70 prophets had visited this masjid including Prophet Mohammed Salallaho Alayhi Wassalam.We took water from that well and prayed in that masjid. The Battle of Badr

We also went to mAsjid Quba the first masjid which was built after Prophet Mohammad Sallalaho Alayhi wassalam did hijrat to Madinah Munavvarah.HE laid the foundation of this masjid.Praying namaz in this masjid holds a lot of Fazeelat(reward).We prayed namaz there. [Masjid-e-Quba. It is a Mosque three miles before the boundaries of Medina. The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) himself participated in its construction. It is the first Mosque of Muslims in the vicinity of Madina. Offering two Raka'at of Nafl (supererogatory) prayer, here is equivalent to one Umra in reward].

We also saw the place where Sahabiya's(companions of Huzoor Aqdas Salallaho Alayhi Wassalam) had gathered to greet Prophet S.A.W(PBUH) when he came to Madinah after Hijrat.

Then we went 2 masjid qiblatain the masjid where the wahi ( the message which hazrat Jibraeel alayhissalam used 2 bring from Allah subahnotala) came that Kaabah was now made the qibla for namaz instead of MAsjid Aqsa ( in Palestine).So it is named Masjid Qiblatein.
Jannat-ul-Baqi': It is the Graveyard of Madina where the uncle of the Holy Prophet, (Peace be upon him) Hazrat Abbas, Hazrat Imam Hasan, Hazrat Uthman and thousands of other noble companions of the Holy Prophet have been interred. In addition to that, among those buried here are also the son of the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Ibrahim, Hazrat Fatima, Hazrat Halima Sa'dia and all other Ummahat-ul-Mu'minin (the Mothers of the faithful) with the exception of Hazrat Maimona as the place of her burial is Sarif. but we didn't go there only the men went there.
Here are a few pix we took in madina munavvarah (except that of masjid nabvi)-

The masjid-e-nabvi.the masjid of our Beloved Prophet Mohammad (salallaho alayhi wassalam)
^The interior of masjid nabvi...near his grave.(rauza)
^ see the green dome..below it lies the most wonderful strip of land..theplace where our Beloved Prophet lies.

^ an aerial view of MAsjid Nabvi
^ see the big white domes..they slide apart to reveal the sky above!
^ a historical place-MOuntain UHAD!!where the famous Islamic war took plcae-Ghizva-e-Uhud.The mountain about which Prophet Salallaho Alayhi Wassalam said that i love this mountain.This mountain is a mountain of jannnah.
pilgrims near the uhud
Masjid Ureesh! it near the battlefield this place..Prophet Mohammad (salallaho alayhi wassalam) did dua for the muslims to be victorious.It has now been built into a very beautiful masjid mashallah.
^ same
^ battlefield BADR!!where another famous war jang-e-Badr took place At the Battle of Badr there were about 1000 mushrikeen and about 300 Muslims and Prophet Mohammmed (SAW) prayed for the muslims victory for 3 days and his dua was accepted and now Masjid Ureesh is built at that place and we prayed there.Near the field of war there was the mountain where farishtay(angels ) had descended to fight for the muslims.The muslims had been victorious
^ a well near masjid ureesh
^ place where Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho alayhi wassalam did
3 special duas for his ummah.

P.S- If i have made any mistake correct me so..inshallah will post the pix of MEkkah mukarramah soon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

just a few snippets

Assalamalaykum folks

I'm not the type to write about my daily happenings for public.But i'm just bored with article stuff right now.So I guess I would write a bit bout whats going on this small desert island.

Well,its 2:15 am and i ought 2 b asleep but i just couldn't as i've becum net addicted (very bad!)..Moreover i might be going to India around 10 july so i won't be able to write my blog.And u know what?? we r going 2 umrah on 28june INSHALLAH...yippeeeeee!!

Honestly nothing much to tell..I met an Algerian girl yesterday.she happens to be my knows french fluently so does her mom as Algeria was once a colony of France ...On Friday v r invited for lunch at an arab family..i'm quite excited coz i'm curious about arab lifestyle..the clothes they wear at home(lol) ..their food...etc etc. And can u guess which family it is?? They r the direct descendants of Hazrat Abbas (raziallahu ta'ala anhu) the uncle of Prophet Mohammad (Sallalllaho Alayhi wassalam) so they r abbasi...COOL right?? they r from Baghdad or Fallujah (i dont remeber exactly) but due to bombing and war they can't go there :(

Day b4 yesterday v had a talk with out hajj mates..pakistanis..just hearing thier voice sent me back to mina...sigh! good old days of tension...pure sleep pray.that's it..Our group's aalim constantly kept us telling in mina that there;s a hadith that-mina are the days of we people acted upon this hadith with so much obedience..hahaa..u ever call the men they were always asleep..who won' t ..air conditioned worries..guests of Alllah..tired after hajj..and praying in the same camp.

Arabs are very generous mashallah.They are known for their generosity.My uncle once told that-When he had gone 4 hajj..they were standing in a queue in a restaurant to buy food.Suddenly one arab broke the line went ahead and bought the food and off he went..well no1 dared say anything..the man who was in front went upto the counter and bought his food but when he payed the bill the owner said"no need ..the arab payed money for your food..coz he felt bad to hurt u by breaking the line as he was in great hurry"..nice na!!

There are small things which sometimes affect a person..Like when u enter the Haram that is the area inside the masjid of mekkah from where u c the kaabah..u c people crying,weeping,sobbing uncontrollably,making duas,doing sajda (prostration) gives an incredible sensation which can't be described in words..Like once we went to haram to spent the whole night there(during umrah) .so when v entered there was a group of people sitting quite far from the kaabah but facing it..There was a youth who was crying uncontrollably and just gazing at the kaabah..he was weeping..i can't describe the feeling he gave was incredible to see ur brothers and sisters crying in front of the one and only one ALLAH!!

Again, once a family had just come and saw the kaabah ( i guess for the first time..and Allah knows best) the young woman had tears streaming..she had very small boys..she made them do dua..they looked soo cute mashallah soing dua in front of the mighty kaabah.

During Hajj when we just came to mekkah v did our umrah..there was a HUGE rush of people and HOT...but there was a man (not quite young) who had his mother on his back and he was doing tawaaaf in that throng..(he was sweating like anything ) was amazing...there are such grreat and nice people in the world.

I guess this has bcum too long .so i should end now!!

will post again in a day or two inshallah

Saturday, June 17, 2006

u know sharukh khan,britney,beckham?? ya ya sure

One meets an Indian muslim kid-

Assalamualaikum beta

walessalm (huh! i think i cudn't hear properly....i think the kid is eating something...that explains his distorted waleykumassalam) That's true..u can hardly find any young people who will say clearly"assalamualaykum"..which means "Peace be upon you".
Then u ask the kid

"beta do u know Shahrukh Khan?"

he stares at u in disbelief shocked that one could ask such an absurd question..
"of course man every1 knows bout sharukh khan or madonna or tom cruise"..( and all those silly old dumbos!!)...oh u ask any child bout the whole family tree of Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan and how many movies they have acted mashallah ..wonderful general knowledge of today's muslim youth.Then one tentatively asks

"ummm..beta u know Prophet Mohammad Salallaho Alayhi wassalam?"

the child screws up his face trying to rake his memory

"uh ..duh..ya..umm..oh! yes i remeber he's our prophet..uh..right?"

alhamdulillah atleast he knows that."yes child he was our last prophet"..the child looks disinterested thinking how cum this hijabi niqabi preacher got hold of me..Again u cautiously ask
"ummm do you by any lucky chance know the name of Prophet Mohammad salallaho alayhi wassalam's father,mother,children,wives?"..

a blank face..stupid stare u recieve...

"how come i can memorise soooooo many names?" ..

Oh! really what a duanting task..

"dear boy ..u know harry potter?"...
"do u remeber who were his friends..umm something like Don Teasly?"..

stares at u shell shocked.

"What the hell..its Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger.other frenz of HP are Dean Thomas,Neville Longbottom,..................................endless and his teachers are..Professor MAc Gonagall,Albus Dumbledore..........................................."goes on till half an hour

.."ok ok child i know ..u've got a wonderful yet strange memory..wonderful coz u even remember the surname of every character and strange that to remember about the prophet u find it an uphill task".....

U try the last straw

"ok smart kid..u know surah ikhlaas?"...
"what??? surah??what is this?" ....
"sorry sorry i meant -qul huallaho ahad..."
"ya ya i know it..i sometimes heard it in masjid behind the imam"..
."oh ! gr8 that's a good boy! any other surah is a sort of small part of Quran".
."no man! the Quran is too difficult to memorize".
."Oh! yeah u r right kid..ah! ya u know the latest movie of Kajol"..
"YES!! its"*#$%&*".. shall i tell u the story..its cool..its end is shoot wow so cool"..
."no no some other u know any song of this movie?"...
."ANY SONG??? i know all the 5 songs by heart"...the boy says proudly..
"i know each and every song of the movies that i have seen till now"..
.good very good child keep it up..may allah give u hidayat!!

This is a painful truth which one can witness in India nowadays..u ask any1 about the Bollowood/Hollywood..they know the teeniest details..but when it comes to ISlam v r blank....u ask every youth or kid bout Beckham,Tendulkar,Tom Cruise,Shakira.......endless..they can tell u the brand of the clothes they wear.But when it comes to just the names of the sahabees (companions of Prophet Mohammad Salallaho Alayhi wassalam) we r speechless..even the names of Prophet's family we r ignorant..WHY WHY??

Its scary..we r so much in love with this temporary world..we have forgotten the fact that one day we would be facing Allah and our record would be taken into account..Nobody knows when he would die..maybe today or tomorrow or maybe after many years..death is bound to come..then y do we tend to forget about it? Deen or Islam is not difficult at all..its us who make it difficult.what do v gain in watching movies?? apart from wasting precious time,learning a few bad and vulgar things..nothing..sheeer waste of time.How come we can cram up astonishingly around 100 songs?? yet when it comes to simple duas we are just dumb! they seem so big!!
In today's modern technology world we have no excuse at all.Any info u , buy some good books, try to find the company of religious people, go to masjid regularly,..what's the problem??

To know about Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho alayhi wassalam visit this's awesome-

some tips-

a.Try to read "Life of Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho Alayhi wassalam"..stories of his companions.

b.Read a little bit as much u can Quran..and try to learn a few surah..pick the small ones first.

c.Read as much books on islam u can.

d.Islam is very simple and easy...follow it..u would enjoy ur life and find contentment insallah!!!

P.S-WHENEVER SOMEONE SPEAKS THE NAME OF PROPHET MOHAMMAD (SALLAHO ALAYHI WASSALAM) IN FRONT OF U..EVEN IF HE SAYS ONLY is OBLIGATORY THAT U "MUST" SAY SALLALLAHO ALAYHI WASSALAM. ..this is ignored by about 80% muslims..plz don't do this mistake..its really serious..say it silently..tell ur frenz too..even when u hear in the azan"ashahaduanna mohammada rasoolullah" say sallallaho alayhi wassalam..ok.

I'm not much of a writer so 4give me if i bored u 2 death!!

Friday, June 09, 2006

can non arabs read quran???

Living in arab world for 1 year has been a nice experience..i got 2 know about the arabs,thier way of living..thier unique traits and STRONG UNSHAKABLE IMAN OR FAITH IN ALLAH!!
When encountered with arabs they find it difficult to understand that being muslims v can be indian..then their next question is do v know arabic? when answered in the negative they shoot the question-then how do u read Quran?? we explain them patiently that we can read arabic but neither speak it or understand it.,,yet i have a feeling they never accept this logic.

In Hajj i was reading Quran in Mina when an egyptian woman of our group asked me -"is it in arabic?" I said "of course yes"...she said "r u able to understand every word's meaning"? Sadly i shook my head "no"...Then still looking doubtful she asked me to look at the Quran ,I gave it to her...i told my dad that she might have thought me so foolish ..reading the Quran but not understanding a single word..My dad said" no its not foolish ..on the contrary its quite amazing how the muslims of the whole world from china to africa can read the Quran whether they understand or not"...that left me satisfied but how 2 explain this to that egyptian:)
Then that day an arab family came to our home.I showed that arab girl how we read the Quran in arabic and read its translation in urdu/english.I frantically explained her that EVERY muslim in the whole world can read Quran.

Another question that they ask is -r there muslims in India?? HAHAHA. So for every indian who may face such a situation let me tell-the no. of muslims in India is equal to the no. of muslims in the whole arab world i.e the muslims of india occupy the world's third largest muslim population in the whole world ALHAMDULILLAH!

Another annoying ques. is asked by our paki brothers and sisters though i find it logical..Our neighbour aunty who is from Peshawar asked us-Do u know how to read urdu??....In hajj also pakistani women asked us-do u know urdu?? come on yaar! u took urdu from North India (Lucknow,Aligarh,Delhi...) and u ask us...LOL..But i find it acceptable!!

Inshallah i'll soon write more about the arabs..some things which i have experienced.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Salah or Namaz : NO excuse to miss it (I)

There's simply NO reason for missing a namaz is the first thing which wud b taken into account on the Day of Qayamat (Judgement)..No excuse will work..Here are some pics... praying on top of buses and between buses near the HARAM in Mekkah Mukarramah!!

Praying in an aeroplane

praying on a railway platform...subhanallah!!