Saturday, January 15, 2011

"And when Ibrahim said: My Lord, Make this city (Makkah) a Place of Security and Provide its People with Fruits..."

125 And when We made the House a pilgrimage for men and a (place of) security, and: Appoint for yourselves a place of prayer on the standing-place of Ibrahim. And We enjoined Ibrahim and Ismail saying: Purify My House for those who visit (it) and those who abide (in it) for devotion and those who bow down (and) those who prostrate themselves. 126 And when Ibrahim said: My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits such of them as believe in Allah and the last day. He said: And whoever disbelieves, I will grant him enjoyment for a short while, then I will drive him to the chastisement of the fire; and it is an evil destination. 127 And when Ibrahim and Ismail raised the foundations of the House: Our Lord! accept from us; surely Thou art the Hearing, the Knowing: 128 Our Lord! and make us both submissive to Thee and ( raise) from our offspring a nation submitting to Thee, and show us our ways of devotion and turn to us ( mercifully), surely Thou art the Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful. 129 Our Lord! and raise up in them a Messenger from among them who shall recite to them Thy communications and teach them the Book and the wisdom, and purify them; surely Thou art the Mighty, the Wise. 130 And who forsakes the religion of Ibrahim but he who makes himself a fool, and most certainly We chose him in this world, and in the hereafter he is most surely among the righteous. 131 When his Lord said to him, Be a Muslim, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds. 132 And the same did Ibrahim enjoin on his sons and (so did) Yaqoub. O my sons! surely Allah has chosen for you (this) faith, therefore die not unless you are Muslims. 133 Nay! were you witnesses when death visited Yaqoub, when he said to his sons: What will you serve after me? They said: We will serve your god and the god of your fathers, Ibrahim and Ismail and Ishaq, one Allah only, and to Him do we submit.

[Surah Al-Baqarah]

Photograph : Ibn Hanif

Monday, January 10, 2011

Most surely, my Lord is the Hearer of prayer

35 And when Ibrahim said: My Lord! make this city secure, and save me and my sons from worshipping idols:

36 My Lord! surely they have led many men astray; then whoever follows me, he is surely of me, and whoever disobeys me, Thou surely arc Forgiving, Merciful:

37 O our Lord! surely I have settled a part of my offspring in a valley unproductive of fruit near Thy Sacred House, our Lord! that they may keep up prayer; therefore make the hearts of some people yearn towards them and provide them with fruits; haply they may be grateful:

38 O our Lord! Surely Thou knowest what we hide and what we make public, and nothing in the earth nor any thing in heaven is hidden from Allah:

39 Praise be to Allah, Who has given me in old age Ismail and Ishaq; most surely my Lord is the Hearer of prayer.

[ Surah Ibraheem , The Holy Quran]

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It was my dream to serve in one of the two holy cities; Makkah or Al Madina in Saudi Arabia. Alhamdulillah I have arrived here in Jeddah and hopefully, insha Allah I will soon be serving in Makkah-al-Mukarmah by starting my work in the field of electrical technology.
Praise be to Allah Who answered my prayers and enabled me to visit the most sacred places of Muslims; Masjid Al Haram, The Holy Kabah in Makkah and Masjid Nabvi in Madina-al-Munawarah, Saudi Arabia.

I had captured these photographs on 20th of August 2010.

The following photos were captured
on Jumah 08-10-2010

Photography: Ibn Hanif

[All photographs were captured using a cellphone camera.]