Tale of Two Holy Cities

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

By Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

For the first time, my pen is shy of words; how to express in words the special journey to the two of the holiest cities for Muslims, Madina Munawarah and Makkah Mukaramah? Can words do justice to the feelings, observations, thoughts, ambience of such sacred places as these? Hard feat indeed, but I will try my best. In this effort if I transgress somewhere, I seek pardon of my Creator and my Spiritual Guide, beloved Prophet [PBUH] and all the Muslims who read it. My intention is to objectively present everything as it happened and not gloss over some undesirable things that were observed during the course of the journey. Secondly, I want this account to be a helpful guide for the ones intending to make this journey to sacred lands.

This was not the first time I went to Haramain Kareemain but the fact that this second visit was after a gap of 11 years, had made every feeling new. There is not a Muslim in the world who does not have this pronounced desire of visiting these extraordinary cities and it would be true to say that this holy journey is an unlimited blessing of Allah upon Muslims. Sadly, not everyone is able to reap the benefits of these boundless blessings, but will come to that later.

When finally you go to Baitullah after coming to Makkah, the sight of it gives such pleasure that you forget all your woes or how physically tired you are. But this pleasure is not without a sense of majesty and grandeur of the House of the Lord of the Worlds. One can sense the all-engulfing might of Allah in Baitullah and the over-powering realization that one is just His humble servant and is present in His court to say Labbaik to His every order and wish. One truly understands the meaning of ‘Labbaik Allahuma Labbaik’ when one is sweating out there in 52 degrees C temperature and doing ‘Tawaf’ in an over-crowded place just for the sake of Allah. This is the journey of your mind, body and soul. Every iota of your being is on a holy pilgrimage. This is a labour of love for one’s Creator and this arduous task can be the most pleasurable thing for the ones who feel their connection with the Creator.

This connection is only felt by the ones, who are able to close their eyes to the world they have left behind, and close their eyes to the world which is around them even at that moment. In fact, the onslaught of huge crowds of vibrant humanity is not greater anywhere else than in Kaaba. One is overwhelmed with it all; so many faces, so many people from different nationalities and races; but you go there to renew your connection with Allah. One miracle that everyone witnesses in Khana Kaaba, and even in Masjid-e-Nabwi, is the constant provision of Zam Zam. Hundreds of years have passed since Bibi Hajra [AS] made that ‘Saee’ for her son Ismaeel [AS] and even now, the spring that sprung up for that blessed family, has not stopped. Cool and refreshing Zam Zam is available to Hajis in Baitullah and in Haram-e-Nabwi as well. After a Tawaf in scorching Sun, a glass of Zam Zam not only quenches the thirst but also seems to magically erase the effects of excessive heat as well. Credit must be given here to the Saudi govt. for constant availability of cooled Zam Zam water to the hajis in Haramain Shareefain. Not to mention the cleanliness, that is maintained actively around the clock at a place which is heavily crowded day and night.

Masjid e Nabwi

Then the traveller of this sacred journey reaches the city of the beloved Prophet [PBUH], Madina Munawarah. The ‘air’, the ambience of this city holy is different from Makkah Shareef. There is a feeling of awe in the air when one is in Makkah but in Madina that feeling is replaced with love. The sight of the Green Dome brings uncontrollable tears to the eyes of the ones who have not seen the beautiful visage of the Holiest of Prophets, Muhemmed [PBUH] and associate Gunbad-e-Khizra with him. Even those who consider themselves ‘weak’ Muslims, feel the utmost love and reverence for the Messenger [PBUH] of Allah and Masjid-e-Nabwi entices them. The exact resting place under the Green Dome is not easily accessible as it is heavily crowded all the time. Women especially have limited time to pay their respects to the Prophet [PBUH] as they are only allowed to go near the resting place of Prophet [PBUH] after 10 pm at night.

Muslims also say Salam to the two Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Hazrat Abu Bakr [RA] and Hazrat Umar [RA] buried beside the Holy Prophet [PBUH]. Adjacent to the gate of Masjid-e-Nabwi which faces the Green Dome, lies the most sacred graveyard, Jannat-ul-Baqee. Here rests the blessed daughter of the Prophet [PBUH], Bibi Fatima Zahra [SA]. It is also the resting place of some members of Ahlulbayt [AS] and Sahaba [RA] of the Prophet [PBUH]. Women are not allowed to enter but they also recite Fatiha and Quran near the boundary wall of Al-Baqee. In the times of Ottomans, no building taller than the Green Dome was built near Masjid-e-Nabwi out of respect for it. Now a days, one sees a lot of sky-scrapping five star hotels surrounding Masjid-e-Nabwi from all sides. But the Clock Tower in Makkah facing Khana Kaaba takes the cake for tall buildings. Personally, I don’t like a titanic sky scrapper towering above Khana Kaaba. It reminds me of the hadees of RasullAllah [PBUH] where he mentions the advent of tall buildings in the End of Times. It seems highly disrespectful to me, but people may differ from me on this point.

The place near the resting place of Prophet [PBUH] is called ‘Riyaz-ul-Jannah’ [a garden of paradise] and it is recommended to offer two rakkats there. But one should be careful not to push others or block the way for other pilgrims and only do so without being irksome. It is a great feeling to know that the Prophet [PBUH] used to offer prayers there, lived there and walked those blessed streets of Madina Munawarah. The close proximity of his physical body is a great gift for the pilgrims who come to Madina especially for saying Salam to their Prophet [PBUH]. The Hazari in Madina Shareef is not a part of Umrah or Hajj but who in their right mind would come to the House of Allah and then not go to the House of Prophet [PBUH] near it? The worshippers find solace in Baitullah and the lovers find peace in Masjid-e-Nabwi. Two wonderful Holy Cities, indeed.

This journey is made in this world and not in heaven; that is why one is tested by some troubles as well. After all, this is what life is about. Therefore, mentioning a few things I observed during my trip in the hope that the concerned people will try to become better. Without going into details, the passengers, especially Pakistanis, were made to wait for long, indefinite periods of time without any indication of their time of exit from the Jeddah Airport. People who had Saudi ‘Iqamahs’ were given swift exit, while the pilgrims, ‘the guests of Allah’ were made to wait. Despite being a huge international airport, it was ill-managed, especially washrooms, and also there was no one on the counters to guide the passengers arriving on the airport.

The main thing I learned from Umrah trip and which I also want to suggest to others is to never go to Umrah through an Umrah Agent. Most of the things they tell you about the arrangements of your trip are lies. From our tickets to the date of flying, to the hotel that he booked, our Umrah Agent lied about everything. J Then there is a ‘Mandoob’ assigned to you through the Umrah Agents and you become dependent on the Mandoob Sahib the moment you set foot in Saudia. The Mandoob guides you to your hotel and also manages your transport from Makkah to Madina and back. The attitude and lies of the Mandoob are also deplorable but let’s not talk about that.

One thing which I definitely want to talk about is the importance of lowering the gaze for men in Islam and how it was emphasized by our Holy Prophet [PBUH]. People spent a lot of money to make this holy pilgrimage but fail to follow this simple instruction in the Haramain. Look in your heart and find Allah; not the time or place to sit and stare at women pilgrims. Just like each good deed in Baitullah is rewarded manifold, similarly, every sin committed there is colossal in nature. Women being naturally modest try their best to avoid coming in contact with men while doing ‘Tawaf’. Most of the men are careless during Tawaf of Kaaba and roughly graze women in their unheeded stride. They should be as careful in avoiding contact with women as women are in avoiding contact with men. In this way, this holy duty can become easier for women folk.

Another amazing thing I observed during my Umrah, right from the beginning when I was boarding the plane, that majority of the people going for Umrah belonged to the lowest class of our society! The elite were rarely to be seen. Somehow these poorest of people had gathered enough money for pilgrimage due to their passion and will and this was really commendable. I also observed that almost half of the passengers were extremely old people. This was a painful fact, to be true. Somehow this has been ingrained in our collective psyche as a nation that one should only go to Umrah when one’s life is spent and one is retired, old and haggard. This is something that should be changed because the argument that these people are gathering funds all their lives for pilgrimage is rebutted by the fact that every year lot of poor people also go for Umrah! It is about the will and desire to go there and only then Allah makes it easy to make this sacred journey.

It is difficult to cover all the aspects of Umrah and things related to the two holy cities in one article. The essence of this journey to the two holy cities is love and ‘adab’ of Allah [swt] and Rasul Allah [PBUH]. The important thing is to have firm faith and belief that Allah will make it easy to travel to Harmain. I do hope and pray that all Muslims get this blessed opportunity and are also able to make themselves worthy of it. Aameen.

‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’

Arnoud Van Doorn (extreme left), former leader of the Dutch rightist Freedom Party, prays at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

Majed Al-Sugairi

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous film, Fitna. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the religion and the Prophet (peace be upon him).

He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about the Prophet (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion.

He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront challenges facing Islam in the West.

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague City Council, Doorn announced his decision to accept Islam on his Twitter profile. He also posted a tweet in Arabic declaring that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.”

At first, other users took the news as a joke. After all, an active supporter of a notorious Dutch hater of Islam, Wilders, he repeatedly approved Islamophobic statements and public actions, and personally participated in them.

But Doorn, who now serves as a regional adviser at the City Hall in The Hague, personally confirmed his decision to practice Islam in an official letter to the city mayor.

Most recently, the politician filed a formal application to the mayor of the city to allow him to perform prayers obligatory for Muslims during his working hours.

“I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected for many of them,” Doorn told Al-Jazeera English satellite channel.

“This is a very big decision, which I have not taken lightly.”

“In my own close circle people have known that I have been actively researching the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah and other writings for almost a year now,” he said.

“In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Muslims about the religion.”

Driven by his party’s anti-Islam discourse, Doorn decided to dig in for the truth about the religion himself.

“I have heard so many negative stories about Islam, but I am not a person who follows opinions of others without doing my own research,” he said. “Therefore, I have actually started to deepen my knowledge of Islam out of curiosity.”

The 46-year-old has continued on The Hague Council as an independent candidate since splitting from Wilders’s party. Doorn’s decision to embrace Islam has won mixed reactions in the Netherlands.

“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I have actually made a very good decision,” he told Al-Jazeera.

“The reactions are generally positive and I also received quite some support via twitter.

“It feels good that people who do not know me personally have understanding of my situation and support me in my choice.”

Asked if he now regretted joining the Freedom Party, he replied: “I have learned that every experience in life has a purpose. However, with the knowledge I have today, I would have undoubtedly made a different choice.”

For the Dutch politician, finding Islam was finally guiding him to the true path in his life. “I have made mistakes in life as many others. From these mistakes I have learned a lot,” Doorn said.

“And by my conversion to Islam I have the feeling that I finally found my path. I realize that this is a new start and that I still have much to learn as well.”




Saudis say No to the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH], Yes to Paris Hilton

by Omid Safi


More and more people are speaking out against the Saudi regime, and the way in which its Wahhabi ideology has linked together an utter disregard for the historical heritage of Muslims with an unabashed embrace of vapid capitalism.     In both Mecca and Medina, the Saudi state has already bulldozed over 90% of the Islamic monuments going back some 1400 years.     In their place, they are putting up five star hotels, parking lots, and shopping malls.

Adding injury to insult: In the same cities of Mecca and Medina, where the Wahhabi-backed Saudi state has bulldozed the historical shrines and cemeteries of the family of the Prophet, now we have the establishment of shopping malls featuring…. Paris Hilton. 

So this is what it has come to.   The so-called “Guardians of the two sanctuaries” bulldoze Islamic history, tear down the houses associated with the Prophet and his family, and in its place put up shopping malls by vapid symbols of the most crass capitalistic materialism the world has to offer.  No wonder many are talking about the transformation of Mecca into another Las Vegas.

Yes, the Saudis have bulldozed:


*An Ottoman Fortress overlooking and protecting Mecca, plus a whole mountain, was removed to put down the monstrosity known as the Mecca Royal Clock-Tower, aka “Big Ben on crack.

*The house the Prophet was born in, currently a library, is under consideration for destruction.


*The house of the Prophet’s wife, Khadija, who is referred to by Muslims as the “Mother of the Faithful” was recently torn down, and in its place a row of toilets were established.

*Old Ottoman and Abbasid columns will likely be torn down to make room for a 680 million dollar expansion of the Great Mosque.


*The old historic cemeteries of Jannat al-Baqi, containing the remains of the descendants of the Prophet, have been bulldozed, and nothing but a dirt mound remains of the former shrines there.

Sami Angawi, the director of the Hajj Research Center which is trying to preserve what’s left of the Islamic heritage of Saudi Arabia says of the Saudi state:

“They are turning the holy sanctuary into a machine, a city which has no identity, no heritage, no culture and no natural environment. They’ve even taken away the mountains.”

Often the excuse is used that with the global increase in the number of Muslims coming to Mecca, these expansions are necessary to accommodate these pilgrims.    However, there is no reason why the hotels for the pilgrims couldn’t be put outside the historical center of Mecca, thus preserving the monuments.


Furthermore, in place of these historical monuments, many of which hold a sacred significance to all Muslims outside of the Wahhabi sect, the Saudi state is building five star hotels that cost as much as $7,000 a night.     In other words, these policies are not only bulldozing the history of Islam, they are also subverting the radical egalitarian teachings of Islam most beautifully symbolized in the rich and poor standing shoulder to shoulder wearing simple unadorned clothing in the House of the One God.   Now the poor teeming masses are below, and the ultra-rich can reside in their 5-star suites looking down at the Ka’ba.    Lastly, these absurd towers even displace the very symbolism and centrality of the Ka’ba.


La hawla wa la quwwata illa bi Allah.

“They paved Paradise,
Put up a parking lot.”

The Saudis make a great deal of their honorific as the “Caretaker of the two Noble Sanctuaries” in Mecca and Medina.   One has to wonder about a kind of Care that says no to the legacy of Muhammad, bulldozes it, and invites Paris Hilton in its place.    These shrines, these historical sites, indeed Mecca and Medina, do not belong to the Saudi state.   They are treasures belonging to the worldwide Muslim population, indeed the whole of humanity (as the Prophet was sent as a Mercy to all the Universes).   If the Saudis insist on calling themselves the caretakers of the two sanctuaries, their first task should be in fact to take care of them–and not bulldoze them.  If they can not or will do not so, then someone else has to step up to provide care for these historical and sacred heritages of humanity.

The Prophet Muhammad once said that Islam began in this world as a stranger, and it will someday return as a stranger.

In looking at the uber-Capitalist, history-bulldozing practice of the Saudi/Wahhabi state, one cannot help but cry at the strange kind of Islam that now rules over the House of God and the home of the Prophet.

Courtesy: http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/omid-safi/saudis-say-no-to-the-prophet-muhammad-yes-to-paris-hilton

A lesson from history – wake-up call for Muslims

Golda Meir – Israel’s Prime Minister


In 1973 the war between Arabs and Israel was about to start. Meanwhile an American Senator visited Israel on a special mission. He was chief of the Senate Armed Services Committee. A meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was arranged immediately.

Golda Meir welcomed him into her home, like any common housewife welcoming a family guest. She took him to the kitchen. While seating him at the kitchen dining table, she went over to prepare tea for the guest.

As the water was kept for boiling, she came over and sat on a chair near the dining table. She opened the discussion regarding planes, missiles, and guns. In the course of negotiations, she got the aroma of the brew.

She prepared two cups of tea, and offered one cup to the Senator, and another to an American guard who was standing at the gate. On returning, she came back, continued talking with the Senator. After a discussion they settled the arms deal. In the meantime, she stood up, collected all the cups, and turned to senator and said “I agree to this deal. You can send your secretary to my secretary for written deal”.

It may be remembered that Israel at that time was facing a serious economic crisis, but the huge arms deal was settled by Meir with the greatest of ease in the history of Israel. It was quite astonishing that earlier, the Israeli cabinet had rejected the same deal, because they thought it would be so costly, that the whole nation would have to make do with a single meal a day, for years to come.

Meir knew about their stand, and said, “Your doubts are well founded, but if we win this war, and defeat the Arabs, history will remember us as the victors, and in history, once a community is know as the victor, it forgets how many eggs they ate and how many times they had food. Whether there was jam, honey, butter on the table, and how many holes they had in their shoes. Or whether the sheaths of their swords were new or old! A conqueror is a conqueror.”

Based on Meir’s solid logic, the Israeli cabinet approved the deal. Later it was proved that the decision taken by Meir was right, and the whole world witnessed the Jews knocking on the doors of the Arabs with this artillery. A war took place, and the Arabs faced a shameful defeat at the hands of an old lady.

After a gap of one decade after the war, a reporter of the Washington Post interviewed Meir, asking “Was the logic you had in your mind for the arms was spur of the moment decision or you had had an advance strategy?”

Meir’s reply was very surprising.

She answered, “I got this logic from the prophet (of the Muslims) Mohammed (peace be upon him). When I was a student, my favorite topic was comparative study of religions. Those days I studied the life of Mohammed (PBUH). One author stated that when Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) died, there was not enough money to buy oil for a lamp, his wife (Ayesha Siddiqua) mortgaged his battle shield to buy oil, yet there were nine swords hung on the wall of his house.

When I read this account, it occurred to me- how many people in the world would have known about the worst economic condition of Islamic state? But everyone recognizes them as conquerors of half the world. So I decided that I would buy arms at any cost; even if we would have to starve or to live in camps instead of buildings, but we would prove ourselves as the victor”.

Meir revealed this secret, but requested the interviewer to keep it “off the record”, and refrain from publishing it, because if she referred to Prophet Mohammed, the Jews would have revolted against her and the Muslim position would have strengthened.

Over the time, world situation changed. Golda Meir died. By this time the interviewer had given up the profession of journalism. Meanwhile another correspondent was busy interviewing 20 famous American journalists. In connection with this, he met the journalist who had interviewed Meir as a representative of the Washington Post.

In this interview, he recounted the story of Meir that drew on the life of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

He said he was not ashamed to tell the story. Further, he said, “After this incident I studied the history of Islam, and was astonished to know about the savoir-faire of Arabs. Because I learn t that Tariq bin Ziyad conquered Spain through Gibraltar, while more than half his army did not have complete suit of clothes. They subsisted for 72 hours at time on water and dried bread.

It was then that the interviewer agreed with Meir’s view that history counts victory; it does not count the eggs, jams and butter on the table.”

When the interview with Meir was published, the whole world learned of this entire story.

This astonishing incident is history’s wake-up call to the Muslims of the world. It teaches them a lesson; it reveals how 14 centuries ago, a shepherd, clad in a cloak and worn-out shoes became the leader of the world, and conquered four continents.

Could enormous castles, grand palaces, magnificent gardens, splendid clothes, adorned rest places of silk and sleepless, gold silver, boxes, gems and jewels, spread of savory dishes and the jingle of coins save them? The locust-swarm of Tartar forces did not reach the palace of Musta’sim Billah by trampling over Baghdad. What a terrible and astonishing scene it was in the history of Islam, when Musta’sim Billah was bound in chains, standing like a prisoner before Halaku Khan (grandson of Changiz Khan). And at mealtime, Halaku Khan ate in simple plates, but offered plates of gems and precious metals to Caliph Musta’sim Billah, mocking “Eat from these diamonds, gems, gold and precious metals you have collected!” There stood the Sovereign of Baghdad, helplessness, powerless, lonely, destitute, saying, “How can I eat gold?” Halaku Khan replied, “Then why you have collected all this silver and gold?”

The Muslim, whose religion calls on him to make arms and rear horses, had no reply. Halaku Khan glanced at the palace doors and windows, asking, “Why did you not make iron arrows by melting these iron nets? Why did you collect these diamonds instead of paying money to your soldiers, so they could fight bravely against my forces?”

“It was the will of Allah”, replied the grieved Caliph.

The arrogant Halaku shot back, “Whatever is now going to happen with you is also God’s wish”.

Then Halaku covered Musta’sim Billah in a cloak and crushed him under the hooves of horses, and proceeded to make a graveyard of Baghdad.

Conversation between the Holy Prophet [peace be upon him] and accursed Satan

A conversation that can change your life. The most profound wisdom and knowledge to defend yourself against all weapons of Shaitan.

One day, a congregation was gathered at the home of one of the Ansaar around the Prophet (peace be upon him). According to Anas (R.A), it was Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansari (R.A). In the middle of a wonderful discourse, an ugly voice from the outside was heard saying, “O Messenger of Allah would you permit me to enter? I have business with you!”

All looked at the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said to the ones present, “Do you recognize the owner of this voice?” The companions answered, “Allah and His Messenger know best” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “It is Satan, the Accursed.”

On hearing that, Hazrat Umar (R.A), who was present, pulling his sword, asked, “O Messenger of Allah, permit me to go and cut off his head. Let me smash his skull and free the people from his trouble”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “No, Umar, don’t you know that you cannot kill him? He has permission to exist until Doomsday.”

Then he added, “Open the door and admit him, as he did not come on his own, but on Allah’s orders”. Otherwise, he would not come here. Listen to what he says, and try to understand.”

The Hazrat Rawi (R.A), one of the companions, relates the tale. “They opened the door and he appeared in front of us as an old man cross-eyed (or blind in one eye) and scant of beard, with only six or seven long hairs from his chin. He had a very big head, his crossed eyes close to the top of his head, high on his forehead, with big thick hanging lips, like those of a water buffalo. He saluted the Prophet and the Companions, to which the Prophet (peace be upon him) responded,

‘O Accursed, the salaam and salutations belong to Allah Most High. ‘Then he said, ‘I heard you are here on business. What is it?

“Satan said, ‘I did not wish to come here, I was forced to. An angel came to me from your Lord, who honours whom He wishes, and said, “Allah Most High orders you to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him): but you will go to him in humility and abasement, and be submissive and tractable. You will tell him how you seduce and mislead humankind. You are going to answer all his questions truthfully, without a single lie.” And Allah said that if I lied to you, He would turn me into ashes and blow me away in the wind, and my enemies would laugh at me. I come with such orders, O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).’

Q: “Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked the Devil, ‘Tell me, who in the creation do you hate most?’

A: The Devil answered:

1. “You O Muhammad (peace be upon him)! And all the prophets… There is no one in the whole creation that I hate more than you or another like you.”

“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) confirmed that the Devil was his (and all the prophets’) greatest foe.

Q: He (peace be upon him) asked, “Whom else do you hate, besides me?”

A: “Satan said,

2. The young ones who have given up their pleasures and themselves for Allah’s sake;

3. The men of knowledge who act upon their knowledge and who decline all that is doubtful;

4. The ones who are clean, so clean that they wash thrice that which they wish to cleanse,

5. The patient poor who neither ask from others the things they need, not complaining,

6. The thankful rich, who give alms lawfully,

7. The knowledgeable who act on what they know;

8. The readers of the Quran who pattern themselves on it;

9. Those who call to prayer on time;

10. Advisers and reformers;

11. Abstainers from unlawful food and banned

12. Those who place their trust in Allah;

13. Benefactors of the poor;

14. The devout busy in Allah’s service.

Q: Who are your friends?

A: There are ten groups:

1. Unfair judges;

2. The arrogant rich man;

3. Dishonest tradesmen;

4. Drinkers of alcohol;

5. Those who break relations/brotherhood;

6. Dealers in fraud;

7. Those who consume rights of orphans;

8. Those who are often absent from prayers;

9. Those who are unwilling to donate;

10. Those who always fantasize with no use.

Q:”Then, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked, ‘What happens to you, O Accursed One, when my people do their prayers?’

A:”I shake and tremble as if stricken with malaria, because I see your people raised in blessing and power each time they prostrate.”

Q: “‘What happens to you, O Accursed, when my people fast?”

A: ‘I have my hands and feet tied until they break their fast.’

Q: ‘What happens to you when they all meet on the Pilgrimage at the house of their Lord?’

A: ‘I lose my mind, I go mad.”

Q: ‘What happens to you when they recite the Holy Qur’an?’

A: ‘I melt, like lead turning to hot liquid in the fire.’

Q: ‘And when they pay alms?’

A: I am torn to pieces, as if the generous donors took a saw and sawed me into four pieces, because there are four rewards which the donor receives: the blessing of abundance, love and respect from Allah’s creatures, a shield from Hell fires, and relief from distress and troubles.’

Q: “Then the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) asked the Devil what he thought of his beloved Companions.

A: About Abu Bakr (R.A) he said, ‘I hate him. Even before Islam, he refused to obey, nay! Even to hear me. How can he now listen to me?’ About Umar Ibn Khattab (R.A) he said, ‘I run away whenever I see him. And about Ali Ibn Abu Talib [K.W] he said, ‘Oh, if I could just be safe from him, if he would just let me be, I would let him be. But he will not leave me alone!’

“Having heard the answers of the accursed Satan, the Prophet (peace be upon him) thanked Allah said, ‘Praised be to Allah, who has blessed my people with such talent and cursed you with such negativity until that appointed time.

“When the Devil heard that, he said, ‘Alas for you, what talent for your people? How can you feel there is safety for them as long as I exist? I enter their very veins, their very flesh, and they cannot even suspect, let alone see or feel me. I swear by Allah Who has given me time until Doomsday, that I will seduce them all, the intelligent and the simple minded, the learned as well as the ignorant, the devout as well as the sinner. None will be safe from me, except the true servants of Allah.’

Q: ‘Who are the true servants of Allah, according to you?’

A: ‘You know well, O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that whoever loves his money and his property, Allah does not count among His servants. Whenever I see someone who does not say “mine” and me, who does not love either money or flattery, I know he is truly a servant of Allah and I run away from him. As long as one loves money, property, flattery, he obeys me, he is my servant. I need many servants and I have servants. I am not alone. I have 70,000 children, each of them with his assigned duties. Each of my 70,000 children has 70,000 Satans serving under him, all assigned to different posts. Many are with the young, and the older women, and with the theologians and preachers and sheikhs. There is almost no difference of opinion between your young children. And some of the devout and some of the pious get along very well with my people! My devils lead the imagination of the sincerity of their devotions. Soon, they fight with each other and they don’t even know what is happening to them. Then, I whisper to them, “Disbelieve”, but when they disbelieve, I say,

“…I am free of you. Surely I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” (Surah 59 al-Hashir, Ayat 16.)

“Then, the accursed Devil told how he profited from habits of man, which he liked. About lying, he said, ‘Do you know, O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that lying is from me and that I am the first liar: Whoever lies is my best friend; whoever swears to the truth of Allah and lied to Adam and Eve.

I swore to them both, “Surely I am a sincere advisor to you.” (Surah 07 Al A`raf, 7:21).

I also hate loving families. If they think of rejecting each other once, the marriage bond in Allah’s view is dissolved. The wife will be unlawful to the husband. When they sleep together, they will be adulterers. If they have a child, he will be a bastard. I love that.’

‘O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), let me tell you about my friends who abandon prayers or delay them. When it is time for prayer, I make them imagine that there is still time, that they are busy. They should enjoy what they are doing, they can always pray later! I hope they will die before doing their next prayer. If I don’t succeed again, I enter into their prayers. I tell them, “Look to the right, look to the left! Think of the past, plan your future!” And when they do, I touch their cheeks and kiss their foreheads and take the peace from their hearts…

You know, O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that the prayers of those whose attention is outside of them or who are imagining things, which do not belong in the presence of Allah, are also rejected and thrown in their faces. And, if I am not successful in that, I order them to offer their prayers fast, and they look like hens picking at grain.

If I still don’t succeed, I follow them to the (Jamat) congregational prayers and put bridles on their heads. I pull, and lift their heads from the prostration before the Imam, and I push their heads down before the Imam touches his head to the ground and I am overjoyed to remember that Allah will turn those disobedient heads into donkey’s heads on the Last Day of Judgment…

If I am still not successful, I try at least to make them crack their fingers while they are making prayers. Then, they will be among those who make my remembrance, instead of Allah’s remembrance. Or at least I will blow into their noses and make them yawn and, if they open their mouths, a little devil will enter into them through their mouths and increase their love and ambition of this world. The one who loves and is ambitious for this world becomes my soldiers; he obeys me and does as he is ordered.

‘O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), how can you hope and be peaceful about your people’s salvation and talent? I have a trap at every corner for them. I go to the poor and tell them, “What has Allah done for you? Why do you pray to Him? Prayer is for those to whom He has given in abundance.” Then, I go the ones who are sick and tell them to stop praying, and remind them that even Allah said, “There is no blame on the sick” (Surah Nur, 24:61)

I hope that they will die having abandoned their prayers, so that Allah will meet them with anger in the Hereafter.

‘O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), if I have told a single lie, may scorpions bite me, and ask from Allah that He turn me into ashes. O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), do not be sure of your people. I have already converted a sixth of them, who have left their religion.’

Q: ‘O Accursed One, with who do you most like to spend your time?’

A: ‘The usurer.

Q: ‘And your best friend?’

A: ‘The adulterer.’

Q: With whom do you share your bed?’

A: ‘The drunkard.’

Q: ‘Who are your guests?’

A: ‘The thieves.’

Q: ‘Who are your representatives?’

A: The magicians and soothsayers.’

Q: ‘What pleases you most?’

A: ‘Divorce.’

Q: ‘Whom do you love most?’

A: ‘Those who abandon their Friday prayers.’

Q: “What breaks your heart, O Accursed One?

A: ‘The determination and the firm footsteps of those who march against the enemies of Allah for Allah’s sake.’

Q: ‘What gives you pain?’

A: ‘The repentance of the penitent.’

Q: ‘What makes you grimace?’

A: ‘The alms given in secret.’

Q: ‘What makes your eyes blind?’

A: ‘The tahajjud prayer (late night prayer) in the middle of the night.’

Q: ‘What makes you bow your head?’

A: ‘Prayer done in congregation.’

Q: ‘O Satan, according to you, who are the happiest among people?’

A: ‘The ones who purposefully abandon their prayers.’

Q: ‘And the best among people?’

A: ‘The miser.’

Q: ‘What prevents you from doing your job?’

A: ‘The gathering of men of knowledge and their conversations.’

Q: ‘How do you eat your food?’

A: ‘With my left hand and the tips of my fingers.’

Q: ‘When the sun is hot, where do you seek shade?’

A: ‘Under people’s dirty fingernails.’

“I asked Allah to give me a house, and He gave me the public baths.

I asked Allah to give me a temple, and He gave me the marketplace as my temple.

I asked Allah to give me a book, and He gave me the book of poetry as my book.

I asked for a call to prayer, and He gave me the dancing music.

I asked for someone to share my bed, and He gave me the drunkard.

I asked Allah for helpers, Allah gave me those who believe in free will.

I asked Allah to give me brothers and sisters, and Allah gave me the squanders, who spend their money on evil things.”

Allah said, “surely the squanders are the Devil’s brethren” (Surah Bani Isr’ail, Ayat 27).

Then I asked Allah to be able to see the children of Adam while they are unable to see me, and He accorded that to me. I wished that the very veins of the children of Adam be my routes, and it was given to me. So, I flow in their veins as I wish and enter their flesh. All these were given to me, and I am proud of what I have received. And, let me add, O Muhammad (peace be upon him), that there are more with me than there are with you.’

“Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘If you had not proven what you said with the verses of Allah’s Book, it would have been hard for me to confirm what you say.”

“The Devil continued, ‘Do you know, O Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), that I have a son whose name is Atam? He urinates in the ear of the people who go to sleep without performing their night prayers. His urine puts them to sleep; otherwise, no one could have gone to bed without finishing their prayers.”

“Then, I have a son whose name is Mutaqadi. His duty is to publicize the prayers, the devotions, and the good deeds done in secret a hundred fold. When deeds are publicized and receive credit and praise from the creatures of Allah, Allah takes away 99 of the promised one hundred rewards.”

“Then, I have a son whose name is Kuhayl. His duty is to put kohl on the eyes of those in the presence of wise men or preachers. The ones whose eyes he has touched start falling asleep. They are, thus, prevented from hearing the words of Allah or receiving any benefits from them.”

“The Devil talked about women. He said, ‘whenever a woman leaves her seat, a Devil sits in her place. On the lap of every woman sits a Satan who makes her desirable to whoever looks at her. Then, he orders the woman to open and show her arms, her legs, and her breast and with his claws, tears her veil of shame and decency.”

“Then the Devil started to complain. He said, ‘O Muhammad (peace be upon him), in spite of all this, I have no strength to take away the faith of the faithful. I only take away their faith when they throw it away. If I were able, there would be no one on the face of this world who could say: LA ILAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD RASULULLAH (There is no god by Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) I would not leave a single one to pray or fast.

All I can do is to give the children of Adam imaginations, illusions and delusions, make the ugly appear beautiful, the wrong, right; and the bad, good. Neither do you have the power to give faith. You are only a proof of the Truth, because I know that, if you were given the power to give true faith, you would not leave a single non-believer on the face of this world. The fortunate one who is a believer is fortunate in his mother’s womb, and the rebellious sinner is a rebel in his mother’s womb. As you are the guide of the fortunate, I am only the cause of sin of the ones who are destined to sin.

Allah is He who renders one fortunate and another rebellious.’ Then he recited from Surah Hud,

“And if thy Lord had pleased He would have made people a single nation, and they cease not to differ, except those upon whom thy Lord has mercy, and for this did He create them. And the Word of thy Lord hath been fulfilled: Verily I shall fill hell with the jinn and mankind together.” (Surah Hud, Ayat 118-119.)

He recited from Surah Ahzab, Ayat 38: “And the command of Allah is a decree that is made absolute.”

Then, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told the Devil, ‘O Father of All Bitterness, I wonder if it is at all possible for you to repent and return to your Lord. I promise I would intercede for you.’

“The Accursed One answered, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is Allah’s justice. The ink on the pen, which wrote the judgment, is dry; what will happen until Doomsday. The One who made the master of all prophets, the speaker for the inhabitants of Paradise, the One who chose you to be the beloved amongst His creation, chose me to be the master of sinners and the speaker of the inhabitants of Hell. He is Allah. O Muhammad (peace be upon him), this which I have told you is my last word to you, and I have told nothing but the truth.”

[This was a Hadith from Hazrat Ibn Abbas (R.A), as related by Mudh Ibn Jabal [R.A] and contained in Shaik-e-Akbar shaikh Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi’s book, ‘Shajarat al-Kawn’, (The Tree of Being). This is by information from another Hadith by Anas Ibn Malik (R.A).]

Tanam Farsooda Jaan Para – Maulana Jami

By Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

‘Tanam Farsooda Jaan Para’ is a very famous Persian naat [poem in the praise of the Prophetﷺ] by 15th Century great Islamic scholar and mystic poet, Maulana Abdur Rahman Jami. It is said that when Maulana Abdur Rahman Jami planned to go to Madina after performing Hajj in Makkah, that night the Governor of Makkah saw Prophet Mohammadﷺ in his dream and he told the Governor that ‘a man from Persia whose name was Jami was planning to go to Madina. The Governor should try and stop him and if he asks why then give him my message that if he recites the Nasheed [naat] he has in his pocket on my mausoleum, then I would have to break the rules of Shariah and take out my hand to shake hands with him. I will meet him in Persia. Tell him to read Darood Shareef 100 times and his Nasheed 11 times on Thursday and I will visit him in his dream.’ When Jami heard this from the Governor, he turned back to Persia and acted according to the directions given by the Prophetﷺ . As a reward, he was blessed with the Ziyarat [to see Prophet Mohammadﷺ in dream] all his life. That is why a fragrant smell emanated from his body on every Friday. This was due to the blessed Ziyarat of Prophet ﷺ. May Allah bless us too with the Ziyarat of Prophetﷺ. Ameen

تنم فرسودہ جاں پارہ ز ہجراں، یا رسول اللہﷺ

دلم پژمردہ آوارہ ز عصیاں، یا رسول اللہﷺ

میرا جسم ناکارہ اور ٹکٹرے ٹکڑے ہو گیا ہے آپ کی جدائی میں یا رسول اللہﷺ
میرا دل بھٹک رہا ہے اور دل گناہوں کے بوجھ سے مرجھا چکا ہے یا رسول اللہﷺ

My body is dissolving in your separation and my soul is breaking into pieces, O Prophet of Allah ﷺ
Due to my sins, my heart is wandering and becoming weak, O Prophet of Allah   ﷺ

چوں سوۓ من گذر آری، من مسکین ز ناداری

فداۓ نقش نعلینت کنم جاں، یا رسول اللہ ﷺ

کبھی خواب میں ہی اپنا جلوہ دکھا دیجیے اس عاجز،غریب و مسکین سائل کو
تو میں پھر آپ کے نعلینِ مبارک کے نقش پر فدا ہو جاوں گا یا رسول اللہﷺ

Please show yourself in a dream at least, to a poor sinner like me,
ecstatically I will sacrifice my soul even for your blessed sandal, O Prophet of Allah ﷺ

زجام حب تو مستم ، با زنجیر تو دل بستم

نمی گویم کی من بستم سخنداں، یا رسول اللہ ﷺ

آپؐ کی محبت میں مست ہوں، آپؐ کے عشق کی زنجیر سے میرا دل بندھا ہوا ہے
میں عاجز اور مسکین کوئی دعوا نہیں کرتا کہ میں کوئی بہت بڑا شاعر ہوں یا رسول اللہﷺ

I am drowned in your love and the chain of your love binds my heart.

Yet I don’t say that I know this language (of love) O Prophet of Allah  ﷺ

ز کردہ خیش حیرانم، سیاہ شد روز عصیانم

پشیمانم، پشیمانم، پشیمانم، یا رسول اللہ ﷺ

میں نے جو کچھ کیا ہے بہت حیران ہوں، روزِ حساب میرا اعمال نامہ گناہوں سے سیاہ ہو گا
میں انتہائی پشیمان اور سخت شرمندہ ہوں، یا رسول اللہ ﷺ

I am worried due to my misdeeds and I feel that my sins have blackened my heart
I am ashamed! I am ashamed! I am ashamed! O Prophet of Allah ﷺ

چوں بازوۓ شفاعت را کشا بر گناہگاراں

مکن محروم جامی را در آں، یا رسول اللہﷺ

جب روزِ قیامت آپ اپنی شفاعت کا بازو لمبا کر کے گناہ گاروں کے سر پر پھیلا دیں گے
اس روز اس عاجز جامی کو بھول نہ جایئے گا، اس جان جوکھوں کی نازک گھڑی میں یا رسول اللہﷺ

When you spread your hands to intercede for the sinners on the Day of Judgement

Then do not deprive Jaami of your exalted intercession O Prophet of Allah!  ﷺ


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سرمہ ہے ميری آنکھ کا خاک مدينہ و نجف – علامہ اقبال

مير سپاہ ناسزا ، لشکرياں شکستہ صف

مير سپاہ ناسزا ، لشکرياں شکستہ صف
آہ! وہ تير نيم کش جس کا نہ ہو کوئی ہدف
تيرے محيط ميں کہيں گوہر زندگی نہيں
ڈھونڈ چکا ميں موج موج ، ديکھ چکا صدف صدف
عشق بتاں سے ہاتھ اٹھا ، اپنی خودی ميں ڈوب جا
نقش و نگار دير ميں خون جگر نہ کر تلف
کھول کے کيا بياں کروں سر مقام مرگ و عشق
عشق ہے مرگ با شرف ، مرگ حيات بے شرف
صحبت پير روم سے مجھ پہ ہوا يہ راز فاش
لاکھ حکيم سر بجيب ، ايک کليم سر بکف
مثل کليم ہو اگر معرکہ آزما کوئی
اب بھی درخت طور سے آتی ہے بانگ’ لا تخف
خيرہ نہ کر سکا مجھے جلوہ دانش فرنگ
سرمہ ہے ميری آنکھ کا خاک مدينہ و نجف


The leader is unworthy

The leader is unworthy,
The followers are in disarray,
They march without an aim,
Like an arrow untargeted.

I have searched every recess
In thy seas for pearls,
But have found no trace
Of the pearl of life.

Abandon earthly life,
Absorb thyself in Selfhood,
Waste not thy life—blood
On the trifles of the world.

Revealed in these words
Is the secret of life and death;
Love is death with honour,
Life without honour is death.

Rumi has taught me the truth
About wisdom and vision:
The wise man gropes in the dark;
The one who surrenders, wins.

The West’s dazzling wisdom
Has failed to dazzle me;
For the Holy Land’s dust
Has made my eyes immune.

اے باد صبا! کملی والے سے جا کہیو پیغام مرا – علامہ اقبال

اے باد صبا! کملی والے سے جا کہیو پیغام مرا

قبضے سے امت بیچاری کے دیں بھی گیا، دنیا بھی گئی

یہ موج پریشاں خاطر کو پیغام لب ساحل نے دیا

ہے دور وصال بحر بھی، تو دریا میں گھبرا بھی گئی!

عزت ہے محبت کی قائم اے قیس! حجاب محمل سے

محمل جو گیا عزت بھی گئی، غیرت بھی گئی لیلا بھی گئی

کی ترک تگ و دو قطرے نے تو آبروئے گوہر بھی ملی

آوارگی فطرت بھی گئی اور کشمکش دریا بھی گئی

نکلی تو لب اقبال سے ہے، کیا جانیے کس کی ہے یہ صدا

پیغام سکوں پہنچا بھی گئی ، دل محفل کا تڑپا بھی گئی

دلِ مرتضی، سوزِ صديق دے – علامہ اقبال

بجھی عشق کی آگ ، اندھير ہے

مسلماں نہيں ، راکھ کا ڈھير ہے

شراب کہن پھر پلا ساقيا

وہی جام گردش ميں لا ساقيا

مجھے عشق کے پر لگا کر اڑا

مری خاک جگنو بنا کر اڑا

خرد کو غلامی سے آزاد کر

جوانوں کو پيروں کا استاد کر

ہری شاخ ملت ترے نم سے ہے

نفس اس بدن ميں ترے دم سے ہے

تڑپنے پھٹرکنے کی توفيق دے

دلِ مرتضی ، سوزِ صديق دے

جگر سے وہی تير پھر پار کر

تمنا کو سينوں ميں بيدار کر

ترے آسمانوں کے تاروں کی خير

زمينوں کے شب زندہ داروں کی خير

جوانوں کو سوز جگر بخش دے

مرا عشق ، ميری نظر بخش دے

[extract from Allama Iqbal’s ‘Saqi Nama’. To read the complete poem, visit the following link]

Destruction of the holiest places on earth

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

A grievous reality that the Muslim Ummah has overlooked for a long time now, is the fast vanishing Islamic historical heritage at the hands of Saudi government. The sacred places related to the blessed Prophet [PBUH] of Islam and his family members were untouched and had been preserved with utmost reverence and love till the time of the Ottoman caliphate. When family of Al-Saud came to power in the Arabian peninsula, they not only named an entire country after their family but also introduced a new puritanical version of Islam. [Read Confessions of a British Spy]

This is an extremely painful topic to write about and these pictures will wrench the hearts of all the lovers and devotees of our beloved Prophet Muhammad [PBUH].
In this picture, we can see that the blessed birth place of our Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] has been turned into a library:

Up till previously, devoted pilgrims were allowed to pay their respect to the Holy Prophet [PBUH] at this place, but now even that has been stopped.

This is an old picture of the mausoleum of Ummul-Momineen Bibi Khadija [RA]:

Unfortunately, this blessed place was bulldozed by the Saudi government. Here it is how it looks today:

This is an old picture of the mausoleum of Hamza [RA], the Lion of the Battle of Uhad, along with the resting place of other martyrs of the Battle of Uhad:

This is how it looks today:

Look what they did to the grave of Prophet’s [PBUH] mother Bibi Amina. Now there is garbage in the place of Mausoleum of Bibi Amina in Abwa:

They did not even leave the burial place of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]. This is the resting place of the Prophet’s beloved daughter Fatima [RA]

Every true believer knows that the Prophets of Allah are always alive according to the Quran and Hadeeth but this simple fact is not understood by some people as they removed the most beautiful name of Muhammad [PBUH] from the golden lattice. In this old picture, it can be clearly seen that ‘Ya Allah‘ and ‘Ya Muhammad‘ [PBUH] are written:

In 1925, the Saudi government changed ‘Ya Muhammad‘ to ‘Ya Majeed‘ which is one of the 99 names of Allah:

The inability of Wahhabism to understand the importance of the relation with our Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] is extremely distressing. And even more painful is the criminal silence of the rest of the Islamic countries of the world regarding these atrocious acts of one Muslim country. We are all guilty of being silent when our greatest heritage and treasure was being trampled upon by some misguided version of Islam. All the Muslims should register their protest in whatever capacity they can, so that what little is left of the blessed heritage of Islam can be preserved with dignity and honour.

List of Destroyed sites

Cemeteries and tombs
Historical religious sites
  • The house of Mawlid where Muhammad is believed to have been born in 570. Originally turned into a cattle market, it now lies under a rundown building which was built 70 years ago as a compromise after Wahhabi clerics called for it to be torn down.[11]
  • The house of Khadija, Muhammad’s first wife. Muslims believe he received some of the first revelations there. It was also where his children Umm Kulthum, Ruqayyah, Zainab, Fatimah and Qasim were born. After it was rediscovered during the Haram extensions in 1989, it was covered over and it was made into a library.
  • House of Muhammed in Medina, where he lived after the migration from Mecca.[10]
  • Dar al Arqam, the first Islamic school where Muhammad taught.[11] It now lies under the extension of the Masjid Al Nabawi of Madinah.
  • Qubbat’ al-Thanaya, the burial site of Muhammed’s incisor that was broken in the Battle of Uhud.[6]
  • Mashrubat Umm Ibrahim, built to mark the location of the house where Muhammad’s son, Ibrahim, was born to Mariah.
  • Dome which served as a canopy over the Well of Zamzam.[10]
  • Bayt al-Ahzan of Sayyida Fatima, in Medina.[10]
  • House of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, in Medina.[10]
  • Mahhalla complex of Banu Hashim, in Medina.[10]
  • House of Ali where Hasan and Husayn were born.[10]

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