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The Kaaba, also known as the Sacred House. Al-Masjid al-Haram, the most sacred mosque in Islam, is built around the Kaaba.

Today (The Day of Arafa) is a very special day to all Muslims around the world. So congratulation for those who lived to see this day again, its such blessing indeed.


This is the day the religion Islam was perfected and the blessings of Allah were complete. The following verse was revealed to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) on the day of ‘Arafah: Allah says: “Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessing upon you, and chosen Islam as religion and a way of life for you”

The Day falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic Calendar. This happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after is the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafa and the Plain of Arafa. It was from this site that Muhammad gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life and it was on Friday

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Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are.

 

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From any given point in the world, the direction facing the Kaaba is called the Qibla.

I have traveled so many places around the world and documented so many cities and town. But no place would come close to my time in Makkah and Madina, for obvious reasons of course, when I am there, my whole perspective towards life changes. This is where it all began. Every corner I passed by, ever old house, old mosque I go through and see. I can feel my beloved Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) presence.

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One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime if able to do so. Multiple parts of the Hajj require pilgrims to make Tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. This circumambulation is also performed by pilgrims during the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).

 

Why you ask?. Very difficult questions, to pour the feelings I am feeling now is practically impossible, like any deep faith and believe, it comes within, but alas its a process that has been in making not the day I was born, but the day this world was born and the interconnection between this world, my birth and everything in between. You will find out this all draws down to one question, and that question is, WHY WE ARE HERE?

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The Kaaba is a cuboid-shape structure which is made of granite quarried from nearby hills. Standing upon a 250 cm (98 in) marble base that projects outwards about 35 cm (14 in).[1] It is approximately 13.1 m (43 ft) high, with sides measuring 11.03 m (36.2 ft) by 12.86 m (42.2 ft).[6][7] Inside the Kaaba, the floor is made of marble and limestone. The interior walls are clad with marble halfway to the roof. The marble is inset with Qur’anic inscriptions.

This question, I believe every human being should be asking themselves, and its their responsibility to obtain the answer that satisfies them all aspects. For one simple reason, you could at any moment, without any prior warning, drop dead. And in a split of the seconds, all this worldly things, your life, your children, your money, your friends will deem meaningless. But why wait until you are dead?, why not find out now, and maybe, just maybe if we know the answer, this life will deem bearable to live in and find what we call “eternal happiness”

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The wall directly adjacent to the entrance of the Kaaba has six tablets inlaid with inscriptions. The top part of the walls are covered with a green cloth embroidered with gold Qur’anic verses. Caretakers anoint the marble cladding with scented oil used on the Black Stone outside.

I am very analytical person, I questions every single details, and those who know me, I am that type of person would not take any answer for granted, I will in all way check and double check until I am satisfied, some call me control freak, I like to consider myself as attentive to details.  One thing I DONT BELIEVE is LUCK. Everything has a reason behind it, luck can take you so far. Thomas Edison once said, “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work”. This is exactly the point, the harder you work, you will at one point or another get what you are looking for. So LUCK doesn’t exists.

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Three pillars stand inside the Kaaba, with a small altar set between one and the other two. Lamp-like objects (possible crucible censers) hang by a rope above the platform. An enclosed staircase leads to the roof.

I wont go into details, but I will make a bold statement that more or less simplify my whole process in developing and maintaining my faith. And that statement is EVERYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE were made to SERVE Us the Human Being Only,  in a Perfect  Balance”.

Some things are very obvious, somethings are INDIRECTLY  made to serve us and some  are yet to be discovered. The astonishing part, the discovery of things that are made to serve us, goes hand in hand with the increase of population. The invention of cars came exactly in time where human were so populated and the economy of scale didn’t allow them to roam around in a small geographical area, hence car came just in time where people were able to travel further distances, bringing back the balance.

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Al-Masjid al-Nabawī “Mosque of the Prophet”, often called the Prophet’s Mosque, is a mosque built by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad situated in the city of Medina. It is the second holiest site in Islam (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca).

Notice I included the statement “In perfect  Balance”. this doesn’t only applies in a good way, it could be in the most devastating horrible way, provided that BALANCE is maintained.  Lets take the Black plague for sake of argument that killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1348–50. Imagine, those 200 million people than were alive now, and now back calculate from 1348 until this day, how many reproduction out of  those 200 million we would have today, I cant even do the math, but I assume way above tens of billions if not more. If the World population today is 7  Billion and increasing at alarming rate . I can safely say if it wasnt for the Black Plague, than this earth as we know it would not have EXISTED TODAY. (Scary isnt it)

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Al-Masjid al-Nabawī “Mosque of the Prophet”, It was the second mosque built in history and is now one of the largest mosques in the world. After an expansion during the reign of al-Walid I, it also now incorporates the site of the final resting place of Muhammad and early Muslim leaders Abu Bakr and Umar.[2]

The same example, applies to the so called Global Warming and its direct results of all the natural catastrophic we see today  (Tsunamis, Cyclone, etc). Not to mentioned, the human made distasters, such as  Wars, mass killings   etc. These all, as bad as they are, but they are here for a REASON,  remember nothing comes by luck, everything has a reason behind it, and that reason is to maintain the balance. And all this, ironically it maybe, but to SERVE US HUMAN and for the life to continue until one day it would just stop continuing, and believe it or not that day has been determined already.

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The mosque also served as a community center, a court, and a religious school. There was a raised platform for the people who taught the Quran. Subsequent Islamic rulers greatly expanded and decorated it. In 1909, it became the first place in the Arabian Peninsula to be provided with electrical lights. The mosque is under the control of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Tough luck, but there is a famous saying that says “Some people disasters, are others people blessings”. And if you think about this statement, than you will realized it makes sense perfectly. Somehow, somewhere, someone is benefiting from others mishaps, no matter how horrible those mishaps are. At the end we all going to die, how we are going to die, as far as I am concerned it doesn’t matter.

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Maqbaratul Baqī’ The Baqi Cemetery, is a cemetery in Medina, located to the southeast of the Masjid al-Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque). The cemetery holds much significance. It contains many of Muhammad’s relatives and companions. Many traditions relate Muhammad issuing a prayer every time he passed it

Now back to my main questions “Why we are here?”. The above, cannot in any matter, being self orchestrated. Its so perfectly organized and thought for, it can only means a creator is behind all this. And like any creator, he too has his reasons, and in my opinion we shouldn’t dwell deeply to why he did all this, that’s beyond our thinking capacity. The fact that we are created, that alone we should be thankful, the fact we came to existence, that alone is a blessing beyond all apprehension, that fact we were created as human, but not some sleazy animal or insects, that alone we should be thanking our lucky stars and offer our lives to the creator in all means. There is nothing we can do, to thank the creator of all the blessing given to us, no matter how good we do.

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As per Prophet Mohammed, Rawadh is also in Heaven, the same Rawdah which is currently in Masjid Nabwi. It is a small place in Masjid Nabwi, floored with Green Carpet just to identify it & the entire Mosque is floored with red carpet. The Rawdah is one of the most important features of the site. It holds the tomb of Muhammad and two of his companions and first Caliphs, Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab.

Every now and than such thoughts comes into my mind, and at Makkah and Madina such thoughts are strengthen even further. This world we are living in, has the ability of making us human forget what is this all about. We cannot afford to forget this, nor to ignore this, ignoring it, is like ignoring the very reason we are alive and living.

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Allah is my creator, Islam is my religion and Mohammed (Peace Be Upon him) is my messenger. I found my peace, I found the answer to the question. Have you?.

Eid Mubarak everyone, I wish you ALL a very happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe.

 

 

  27 Responses to “My Religion, My Thoughts My Journey to Makkah (Mecca) and Madina”

  1. Salim thank you very much for sharing this beautiful article about Islam.
    May you be guided by your faith in Allah
    & May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe.!

    Eid Mubarak to you and all Muslim

  2. An early Eid Mubarak to you and your family, dear Brother. Nice article, and beautiful images!

  3. Salim man never knew your blogging side. Must say very impressed and a real good write. Hajj Mabrook dear friend and do pray for me special one. Its been very long lets catch up next time u r in dubai.

  4. Salim was never aware of your blogging genius. Must say thoroughly impressed. Specially with this brilliant writing. An yes I can vouch that u r too inquisitive a person to take answers for granted. Do pray for me brother when in hajj as I need special prayers. Also its been very long lets catch up when u r next in dubai.

    • Thank you Mohammed. Blogging Genius, dude thats kinda pushing the envelope a bit dont you think :). BTW I am not in Haj, next year I am planning inshallah. The above photos were taken couple of years ago when I went for Umra. See you soon in Dubai

    • Short, sweet, to the point, FReEE-xactly as information should be!

    • Noe mÃ¥ de jo gjøre for Ã¥ begrense trønderfylla(eller kanskje det var fulle nordlendinger pÃ¥ fly de ville unngÃ¥ :-))Noe som fÃ¥r meg til Ã¥ tenke pÃ¥ det universielle vinglass spørsmÃ¥let, halvfullt eller halvtomt., altsÃ¥:Er det bedre med lite glass eller stort glass hvis mengden er den samme? Fylt til randen eller sÃ¥vidt bunnen dekket?I wonder, wonder.40kr ville de ha for en kopp kaffe pÃ¥ LaBaguette Gardermoen – uten pÃ¥fyll (og dama bak disken kunne ikke smile).

    • Kjempefin løper. Lenge siden jeg har vært innom deg, og vel like lenge siden jeg har sydd. Men nÃ¥ har jeg gjort begge deler ,-) Kan ikke si noe annet enn at symaskinen er kjekk, og veske+stoff kjøpt i fjor skal snaaart bli sydd. Tror jeg ,-)

    • Dr. Brin, it doesn’t sound to me like he’s incurious. It sounds like he’s working on the problem and hasn’t found a solution yet. Meanwhile, IRC isn’t *as* bad as you like to let on.

    • Congratulations, Theresa. You look wonderful!!!I am not much for exercising, either. But when my husband opened a personal training studio I got to start realizing the benefits of being the owner’s wife. Working out with someone – accountability – that’s what I need! If you can’t find a personal trainer, can you get a work-out buddy? It’s a great way to go!

    • If a psychiatrist wanted to start using SPECT imagining in their practise, what would he/she need to do? How available is the equipment for doing SPECT? How would a psychiatrist learn to read the SPECT images?I have been told that Dr. Amen has a proprietary interest in SPECT and that it is not readily available to others. Can you please clarify.

    • What a low life, what is he doing with custody of kids? This judge Perkins should be scared as hell by now. He is looking at a very awful rest of his life ahead of him.

    • Jailson Bonde Dos Loucos disse:pow veyh mt bom esse filme mais que pena que so pasoou 1:23:30 minutos ai travou e não passou mais , mais o Filme é nota 10

  5. Mash Allah Great post! Thanks for sharing. Really very useful and very informative post. I like it. Thanks a lot for sharing………..

  6. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. Really very useful and informative post about My Religion, My Thoughts My Journey to Makkah (Mecca) and Medina. I like it.

  7. I will say why we like the house of Allah (Makka) because Allah SubhanaLah wa Taala already “jaana bait madhabi linas” also prophet said “make Madinah beloved to us like our love for Makka or even better”

  8. May Allah give chance to every Muslim brothers to visit Macca and Madina for hajj and Umrah.
    May Allah accept there sacrifice this year whose who all going for Hajj.. Ameen

  9. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing.Short, sweet, to the point, as information should be!

  10. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. Short, sweet, to the point, as information should be!

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