Archive for September, 2010
JEDDAH: The newly established Mashair Railway, which links the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa with Makkah, will have a 30-day test run before opening to transport domestic and GCC pilgrims during the upcoming Haj season.
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb will inspect the railway (also known as the Makkah Metro) on Tuesday to make sure the facility is ready to transport the guests of God. The railway will bring about a dramatic change in pilgrim transportation between the holy sites.
Established at a cost of SR6.5 billion, the new railway will have a capacity to transport 72,000 pilgrims in an hour. Nine stations have been constructed in Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifa, each having three stations. This is the second largest project implemented by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs after the SR4.5 billion high-tech Jamrat Bridge project in Mina.
Habib Zain Al-Abidine, deputy minister of municipal and rural affairs, said the railway will have 10 trains in the first phase, each with a length of 300 meters. “Each train will carry 3,000 passengers.”
He said Saudi authorities have not yet fixed the fare. “The matter is in the hands of Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif, chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee. Once the prince gives his directives, we’ll announce the fare,” he said.
The time for transporting pilgrims from Arafat to Muzdalifa will be reduced to five minutes on the 9th of Dul Hijjah when the faithful will move together from the plain of Arafat to Muzdalifa. And another five minutes will take them from Muzdalifa to Mina on the 10th.
Zain Al-Abidine said the railway would operate throughout the year.
The second phase of the project will link Mashair Railway with the Grand Mosque in Makkah with a station on Umm Al-Qura Road. It will also be linked with the Haramain Railway that connects Makkah with Madinah and Jeddah.
The trains will have a test run covering 6,000 km each before starting regular operations. The first test run took place last Thursday. The railway will have 20 trains in the next stage, each with 12 carriages and each carriage holding 250 passengers. About 20 percent of passengers will be seated while 80 percent will be standing. Trains will have a speed of 80 to 120 km/hour.
Islam is the most misunderstood religion especially in west. This is mainly because of the influence of the media lured by Zionist agenda to cease flow of people towards this great religion. They will use any dirty trick to tarnish image of Islam in public. Latest and ongoing of this trend is to brand Islam with terrorism. They are off with this after airing many terrorist attacks targeting public civilians and its supposed link with some organizations which might seem to be of Arabic nature.
But in reality Islam did not and will not preach terrorism and it exactly the opposite side of the coin. As you can see the Books of Islam many verses and sayings to protect civilians from mistreatment let alone terrorism and killing. One notable example is the advice given by Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the Muslim army before marching to a battle in a distant land. “Don’t destroy temples or shrines, don’t harm elderly, woman or children, and don’t cut trees… fight only with those who offend you”.
In traditional Islamic culture there is no place for terrorism. A feature aired by CNN on Muslims in Tarim, spiritual center of Muslims in Yemen gives this message.
Shaikh Abdul Kareem Yahya is an American born Muslim who embraced Islam in his early age. In his pursuit for truth he found Islam as the perfect religion and it has then illuminated his life. He is being in Tarim for about ten years learning Islamic principles and practices from well reputed scholars over there. He spends much of his time in preaching the knowledge he has attained to truth seekers.Watch it here
To help somebody while they are in an adverse condition is of high privilege in all human theology let alone Islam. What if that somebody being helped is the best chosen individual by the creator of this universe?
It is absolutely great, right. Yes, today our talk is about a great man who lend a helping hand to Allah’s Messenger Muhammad Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) while He was in a bad condition of being mistreated by people of Taif.
It a long story when Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went to Taif to call people there to Allah’s religion Islam. It was in Shawal 10th year after Nubuwwah (became the Prophet) when Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) traveled himself to preach the great religion to a place outside of Makkah for the first time.
He took Zaid bin Harith(رضي الله عنه), he adopted son for a company and walked through lengthy mountainous pathways to Taif. He had some blood relation through His Mother with people in Taif, the ‘Thaqeef’ tribe. After receiving harsh treatment and negation from Makka infidels, He took a chance that His relatives in Taif might allow Him to propagate Islam there.
But the reception and treatment of people in Taif was just the reverse and unbearable. Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had to return sadly after being offended even physically and hit by stone on His sacred leg. He took shelter in a grape field owned by Utbah and Shaibah bin Rabeea’h (both were infidels from Makkah who were killed at Badar battle). They were watching the event but felt sympathy and engaged their farmer Addas to offer a bunch of grapes to Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Addas, a Christian from Nineva (a place now in Iraq to where Prophet Younus (عليه السلام) was sent by Allah) watched Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) reciting name of Allah (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم) before eating a grape. To his astonishment he found that is something he didn’t hear from people over there. So he quizzed Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and understood that the man in front of him is the Messenger of Allah.
Without a second thought he embraced Islam and became the first believer from Taif (رضي الله عنه). See, this is Allah’s rule! He will guide those He wishes to right path! Owners of the grape field knew Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) from childhood, but they couldn’t believe in Him. Relatives of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in Thaqeef tribe knew Him for a long time, but they couldn’t believe Him at this time. But a man came from a faraway land has believed to Allah and His Messenger. Subhana Allah… May Allah guide all those who read this post to right belief.
Masjid Addas is constructed at the place this event happened. It is a cool and nice place with good vegetation around. Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had prayed for benefit of people in Taif though they refuted Him. This shows utmost mercy, simplicity and forgiving nature of Allah’s beloved (صلى الله عليه و سلم) about whom Allah has mentioned “Truly, You are with high esteem of characters”.
We have a small ray of hope here as we believe and love Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and try with humble efforts to propagate the religion He taught. So with His superior characters He had forgiven to those who offended, we expect He won’t forget us in the vast assembly (محشر) in the Day of Judgment. He will offer us a drink from ‘Kouthar Lake’ (حوض الكوثر) and save us with His recommendations (شفاعة) when we might be in trouble there.
A recent research in Jordan leads way to yet another proof on legitimacy of Islam and its messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم). For actual believers simple statements from Allah are adequate to believe the truth. But those who restrain from real faith might ask for solid evidences. Allah will show ample evidences on His realities time and again as a reminder to those who still disbelieve.
There are some people who are reluctant to believe the reality even after knowing the truth owing to their ego or pride. Another category of people will embrace correct faith by mercy of Allah upon viewing the evidences. Those who believe truth from Allah and set their lifestyle according to commands of Allah will be protected from pitiless hell fire and rewarded Paradise filled with immeasurable blessings.
So, humbly we introduce facts to those who might understand the truth and may by mercy of Allah turn to correct faith and religion.
Allah has stated in Qura’n
البقرة – 146
“The people of the book know this as they know their own sons, but some of them conceal the truth which they themselves know.”
Hundreds of evidences were given in ancient Vedas, Tourah and Bible (old Books) on appearance of the Last Messenger, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Many verses can be seen stating name, native and characteristics of the Last Messenger even in recent day copies of old Books though those books had gone through many human interventions and adjustments.
Thus people who know the Last Messenger from Allah from old Books were in anticipation of Him. Here comes story of Bahira, a Christian monk lived in Busra, south of Syria and his zeal to meet the Last Messenger. He happened to watch a caravan of Arabian merchants from Makkah passing by and a young boy is being shaded by clouds wherever he goes. He at once understood significance of the boy and invited the caravan for a banquet.
All members of the caravan attended the feast except the boy whom he was anxiously waiting. So he looked out and found the boy resting under a tree. As per his knowledge of Bible only a Prophet will rest under that tree. So he urged the caravan members to bring that boy to the banquet. He quizzed the boy and concluded that He is the Last Messenger explained in Bible. Bahira convinced the boy’s uncle Abu Talib to return to Makkah with the boy as Jews are in search for Him to harm.
This incident was when our beloved Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was 12 years old (1459 hijri years ago). The tree which shaded Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is miraculously preserved by Allah for all this long period. It is the lonely tree available for around hundred square kilometers in that inhospitable desert north of Jordan.
Many contemporary international Islamic scholars have commented on this research. Details of this research is presented in http://vimeo.com/14770191
There are so many places where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) rested and prayed in and around Al Madina al Munawwarah. Verily those places are so glorious because the Leader of mankind was there for a while.
Masjid Shaikhain is en route from Madina to mount Uhud to mark the place where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) stayed and offered prayers during His rally towards battle of Uhud. He offered Asar, Maghrib and Isha prayers there and paraded his forces and sent back younger companions. The present Masjid there is of Turkish origin and was renovated during era of King Fahad bin Abdul Azeez Aal Saud in 1997.
ختم الله شهركم بالقبول
وأسكنكم الجنة مع الرسول
وجعل عيدكم بهجة لا تزول
وكل عام وأنتم بخير
Once again EID arrived as the Creator pours His abundant mercy over His believers. This is an occasion to rejoice after a month long fasting and devoted worship for Allah. Truly, believers find themselves thankful to their Lord by obeying him more and more in such happy events.
May Allah accept our fasting, prayers, charity and all religious activities and reward us His vast Paradise set ready for righteous and faithful!
A wonderful and glorious EID greeting to all
الله اكبر الله اكبر الله اكبر لاالـه الا الله الله اكبر ولله الحمد
الله اكبر كبيرا والحمد لله كثيرا وسبحان الله وبحمده بكرة واصيلا لا اله الا الله وحده صدق وعده ونصر عبده وهزم الاحزاب وحده لا اله الا الله ولا نعبد الا اياه مخلصين له الدين ولو كره الكافرون. اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءال سيدنا محمد وعلى اصحاب محمد وعلى انصار محمد وعلى ازواج محمد وعلى ذرية محمد وسلم تسليما كثير
Allah has mentioned special categories of people who have succeeded in both world matters. They are Prophets, Those who accept truth, Martyrs and Righteous people (النبيين و الصديقين و الشهداء و الصالحين). They acquired this high rank by leading an exemplary life with flawless faith and sincere worship to Allah and dedication towards spreading Allah’s religion, Islam.
They are greats irrespective of whether living in the earth or passed away from here. For an instance power of deceased are better because they will not live more and do bad deeds which might topple their high rank. Meanwhile a living person who is so great may go wrong at some stage and all his goodness might be vanished.
The blessed land of Madinah has got a superb mix from all the four categories. Many of them are buried in vast graveyard east to Masjidu Nnabawi called Al Jannathul Baqee’. Uthman bin Mazh’oon (رضي الله عنه), a prominent companion of Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was the first Muhajir (migrants from Makkah) buried there. As’ad bin Zararah (رضي الله عنه) is the first person buried in Al Baqee’ who was an Ansar (those who received Muhajirs in Madinah).
Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) upon burying Uthman bin Mazh’oon (رضي الله عنه) had marked his Qabr with a stone and narrated “I use it (the stone) to mark the grave of my brother so that I will later on bury along with him anyone who dies amongst my family.” Later many righteous people were buried in Al Baqee’ including many from Ummahathul Mue’mineen (Wives of Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم)), offspring of Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and companions of Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Third Caliph Uthman bin Affan (رضي الله عنه) was buried in an adjacent land named “‘Hush Kawkab” which was later included as part of Al Baqee’ during the rule of Muawiyah bin Abu Sufyan (رضي الله عنه). This qabar (grave) was enclosed by a big Maqam (building enclosing the Qabar to shelter the visitors) and Qubbah (circular dome) as was the case of many other qabars there. This was the face of Al Baqee’ for a long time in history till recent rulers of Madinah removed all the constructions over Al Baqee’. File photos of Al Baqee’ shown in a book published by King Fahad National Library (pages 6 and 7) shows images of many maqams over there.
Al Baqee’ is called Baqee’ al Gharqad referring to Gharqad trees overwhelmed there in past. Allah messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had chosen Al Baqee’ as the burial place of Muslims. There were many expansions to Al Baqee’ as Baqee’ Al Ammat and adjacent alleyway was included into it during rule of King Abdul Aziz Aal Sa’ud in hijra 1373. In 1390H a fortress was constructed surrounding Al Baqee’ and cemented pathways were pawed inside it. Later in 1403H King Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al Baqee’ ordered to expand Al Baqee’ further and now the whole area is 174962 square meters.
Muslims all over the world pay good respect to those who have demised from this world with a high note. They come in masses to visit the ancestors who left them. Whilst doing so they might reflect on themselves and try to rectify any falsehood they are in. As Al Baqee’ is resting place of many past greats. So most of those who come to Madina will visit there. They remember the long history of Islamic civilization spanning over 1400 years in this prosperous city and people who contributed to Islam and met their last breath in Madinah and buried in Al Baqee’.
Those who die in Madinah are really lucky because Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) has said “Whoever is able to die in Madina he should as I will intercede (يشفع) on behalf of whoever dies in it.”
السلام عليكم يا اهل البقيع الغرقد و إنَا ان شاء الله بكم لاحقون
These photos are taken from Islamic Museum in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah which shows models of Al Baqee’ and Names of prominent Qabars
This book authored by Hilal Mohammed Shaban describes history of Al Baqee’ with many pictorial illustrations. It is available in both Arabic and English. Better to get a copy of it from libraries in Madinah.