Makkah Al Mukarrama 29 January 09 (3 Safar 1430)
It was a wounderful drive from Jeddah after Magrib prayers with my wife Tasneem ,son Mohammed and family friend Sayeed Akhtar and we arrived at the Haram just as the people were leaving.(to be contnued..)
2 Feb 2009 (G) Corresponding to 6 Safar 1430 (H)
The second chatti of the 1430 (H) year would be celebrated at the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty also known as Gharib Nawaz. Usually around 50,000 to 100,000 zaireen (visitors) attend the monthly gathering. The celebration start with the recitation of the holy Quran and faitha khani, the Chishtyia shijra is read and then dua is said for the attendees and those absent. Later on tabaruk is distributed.
796th URS Ajmer Sharif
796th Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty 4th July -10th July 2008
The Urs at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, commemorates the anniversary of the Wali Allah Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty (the founder of Chishtyia Sufi order in India) with six days of night-long dhikr/zikr Qawali singing. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of Islamic lunar calendar. Thousands of pilgrims visit from all over India and abroad.
Urs of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated every year in the first week of Islamic month of Rajab, on seeing the moon of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar, drums are beaten to herald the commencement of the annual ceremony.
The word Urs has been derived from “UROOS” which means “ultimate meeting of an individual with God” it is said that Huzoor Gharib Nawaz spent last six days of his life in Seclusion in a Hujra (room meant for prayers) and the 6th day of Rajab, his noble soul left the corporeal body. Every year Urs Mubarak is celebrated on his death anniversary in the Islamic month of Rajab.
Although Urs is held for the first six days of Rajab, yet the 6th day is regarded to be the most special and auspicious. It is called “Chatti Sharif”. It is celebrated on the 6th Rajab between 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. inside the Mazar Sharif. Shijra is read by duty bound Khudam of the Astan-eAliya of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz then supplication are made for the people present at the Dargah and for the country and its people for the peace, prosperity, welfare and for the promotion of universal brotherhood.
Just before the Qu'l (conclusion of 6th Rajab Chatti Sharif) Ba-dhawa (congratulatory greetings in a recital format in
Praise of Allah, the holy Prophet and the Aulia Allah) is sung at the main entrance of the Shrine by Qwwals. Ba-dhawa is the only recitation which is accompanied by talis (clapping) only, and no other instrument is played. It was composed by Hazrat Syed Behlol Chishty, one of the ancestors of the present day Khudam community who refers to Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty as Khawaja Hasan Dan. After its recitation, the ceremony of the Qul comes to an end and Fatiha is recited. The ceremony is marked closed by firing a cannon at 1:30 P.M. in the afternoon.(source Wikipedia)
Eid al Milad Al Nabi 12Rabiul Awal1430 (9 March 2009
Mawlid (Eid Milad an Nabi) (Turkish: Mevlid) (Qur'anic Arabic: مَوْلِدُ آلنَبِيِّ mawlidu n-nabiyyi, “Birth of the Prophet” Standard Arabic: مولد النبي mawlid an-nabī, sometimes simply called in colloquial Arabic مولد , mawlid, múlid, mulud, Milad among other vernacular pronunciations) is a term used to refer to the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which occurs in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
A number of Islamic scholars, such as Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki, a well known Maliki scholar from Saudi Arabia who taught in the Sacred Mosque, Gibril Haddad, and Zaid Shakir, all subscribing to the Sufi movement, and Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the primary scholar of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, have given their approval for the observance of Mawlid. They cite hadith where Muhammad recommended fasting on Mondays, as that was the day he was born and also the day prophecy descended on him. They suggest that fasting on Mondays is also a way of commemorating Muhammad's birthday. However, there is division among them on the lawfulness of the methods of the celebrations. Most accept that it is praiseworthy as long as it is not against sharia (i.e. inappropriate mingling of the sexes, consuming forbidden food or drink such as alcohol, playing music etc).(source Wikipedia)
A Poem from yasayyidi.wordpress.com/category/madina/
Your generosity is boundless, O Allah’s Messenger!
For you always grant every wish of your seeker.
From your drop flow waves of magnanimity
From your particle emerge stars of rare luminosity.
O Master of Heavenly River! You are so kind
The needs of the thirsty are clear in your mind.
People learn the art of generosity at your door
The most virtuous walk humbly on your door.
How can Earthly beings understand your grandeur
When Heavenly beings are dazzled by your splendor?
Heaven, Earth and World you feed
Who then is the host? You are indeed.
Since you are Allah’s most Beloved, yours is everything
In love mine and thine does not apply to anything.
Those at your feet hold a distinguished place
They find your feet brighter than anyone’s face.
Not a well, but an ocean I want for a start
But from your hand a mere splash contents my heart.
Although any time is a good time for visiting Madina Al-Munawara to make ziyarat and seek blessing at the Holy Tomb of the Prophet Syedna Mohammed (SAWS) ,winter does provides physical comfort from the intense summer heat.
As my daughter Kulsum and her husband Aman were in Jeddah along with their son Osman Ali we decided to make our trip to the holy city of lights. I arranged the transportation with friend Mukri Malang (he is a nephew of the famous India comedian Mukri) and arranged accommodation in the Madina Oberio (a preferred destination for my son Mohammed Farid) for the stay. We started our journey in the afternoon from Jeddah included were my wife Salima Tasneem, Aman, Kulsum, Rabab and Mohammed Farid. Driving along the high way and talking with Mukri Saab we realized that we were not coming across any signs for Madina Al Munawara. And suddenly we realized that we were on the wrong high way, after some inquiry, we were guided to the nearest link road to the Madina Al Munawara highway. After driving for about half an hour the road disappeared and we were on a dirt road. Thank Allah we had GPS in my mobile phone and Aman was tasked to show the direction. The GPS showed no road at our location but it did point to the Madina Highway. We were running low on fuel and it was getting dark. At last we did find a paved road and fuel station. The highway was still an hour’s drive. The moon was up and we were driving thru wadis (valleys) the huge mountains of Hejaz rose magnificently yet intimidating us, we kept on praying and going towards the direction shown on our GPS. Finally we reached the highway and what a relief to all of us. Another hour of driving brought us to the city of light. We all recite our salaam to the Holy Prophet (SAWS) and thanked Allah for our relief. After check in, we got our self’s ready to make our Ziyarat and seek blessings from our beloved Prophet. Later we said our Isha (night) prayers and returned to the hotel.
The next day, being Friday, we got up early and went for our Fajar (morning) prayers to the Holy Prophet’s Mosque and later visited the Jannat ul Baqia Grave Yard for Ziyarat of the Ahle Bait, Ummat-ul Momineen, and Sahaba-e-Ikraam.
As the breakfast was part of the package, we returned to the hotel and had a hearty meal (it was more of a meal then breakfast) although the kids were waiting for opening up of their favorite coffee shop Starbucks.drinking coffee at Starbucks has become customary during their stay in Madina.
We later went out for our Ziyarat including mount Ouhad, the grave of Sayed-ul- Shuhadda Hazrat Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib the uncle of the Holy Prophet, who was martyred during the battle of Ouhad. We also visited Masjid al Qiblatain and said two raaka prayers. This mosque is the location where the Holy Prophet was directed by Allah to change the direction of facing Al-Quds (Jerusalem), during prayer to Makkah Al Mukkarama. Later on we visited the Saba Masajid (Seven Mosques) at the site of the Battle of Khandaq (Trench) these mosques are the location of the tents of the Holy Prophet (SWAS), daughter Syeda Fatima Al Zahra (AS) and his companions (RA).A new mosque is under construction at this site, which displays the beauty of Islamic architecture. The Quba Mosque has its own significance, it is the first mosque of Islam built by the Holy Prophet and praying two voluntary raaka gives one ajur (credit) of Umra. We prayed and left with Mukri Saab for new ziyarat, which we had never visited before. The location of a well from which the water was drawn for the washing of the Holy Prophet prior to his burial, the Khak-e-Shifa which was used by the holy worriers for healing their wounds as per instruction of the Holy Prophet, the garden of Hazarat Usman bin Affan (RA) etc.
After Friday prayer we said our farewell to the Holy Prophet and started our return journey. This time we were on the right highway and reached Jeddah by night fall.