Bismillah hi Rahman ni Raheem
Asala’amalaikum(Peace be on you),
How have you been doing?
All this while and we have well slipped into 2017! So much so, that the holidays have also come to an end, but I have taken a little extra time off and will be heading back to daily routine soon, InshaAllah.
The one thing that makes me slightly proud about looking back in 2016, is my decision to hit that publish button in Mid-June. I have been writing since as long as I can remember tid-bits, scribbling, but just somewhere I realized life is too short and decided to post this blog.
I haven’t had spectacular success, my viewer counts have been in single digits but I am satisfied to know that I am trying and doing something weekly that gives me immense joy and inner peace.
Moving on to the crux of this post and the sole reason you may have clicked the title of this post, my visit to the Prophet’s Town.
Alhamdulillah I was blessed to visit the peaceful city of Madina Al Munawarrah, one of the two holy cities in the country.
I happen to share a very deep bond with this city for the sole reason that Alhamdulillah, I have a close relative living there and for that reason since childhood Madina has been our place of frequent visit.
Madina happens to be at a rough distance of 400 km from Jeddah, and is usually a 4 hours ride. The highway ride is basically just large expanse of deserts with occasional sprouts of black mountains spreading for literary all the 400 km that you travel.
The sight of sheets of sand can be devoured only in the day or if you set out or are on the road post sunset you have the beholding sight of unimaginable count of stars bejeweled in the night sky only visible due to the pitch darkness save the headlights of the cars.
The city holds great importance in Islam for it was the city that the Prophet SAW migrated to and well established the religion after facing severe hardships in Makkah. Besides the main attraction of the city the Holy Mosque there are several other historical and monumental places in and around the city.
Again, being able to visit not just as any other Haaji(Pilgrim Visitor) who lives in one of the tall hotels right on the threshold of the mosques has its perks of discovering the city and getting the lightest taste of life in Madina was and is, Alhamdulillah.
To all those who have already visited this Blessed place are well aware of the serene and calm environment and the reviving peace that this place instills in you.
I haven’t been much or at all around the world but this is hands down the most peaceful place on the planet. Peace is just imbibed in it’s air and despite the large crowds of people in thousands it still manages to find it’s way to your heart.
True to the atmosphere that it holds, it does indeed has a piece of heaven in the mosque where offering two Raka’ah prayers is a Sunnah.
The second Mosque where maximum efforts are made to make a visit to is the Quba Mosque, it is the first mosque built in Madina and has several palm trees that represent Madina.
Honestly, if you were to go around the city you would be amazed at the sight of the many date palms you will find and also the enormous date farms, that are home to the tastiest dates in the world.
This post is extremely special to me for this place holds a very special place in my heart. May Allah give us all who desire to visit this Blessed Land the opportunity if He wills again and again, Ameen.
Until Next Time!