Monthly Archives: June 2007

Makkan Sanctuary

Salam, took the following a few months back during a “pit stop” tour of the holy cities of Makka and Madina, from the coast of the Eastern Province it takes up to 14 hours to get to Makka (maybe more sometimes!) Anyway after being cramped in a chair for so long its a relief to step out of the bus and have the Kaaba infront of you! A good description of the bus journey would be “back and knee breaking”

A Hanafi Masjid In Saudi Arabia


This is the masjid of Sh Abu Bakr al-Mulla which is a few hundred years old (mashallah). Sheikh Faruq al-Mulla who is hanafi in terms of his fiqh is its current Imam. Sheikh Muhammad al-Mulla I am told would have a lesson on tajwid/Quran recitation in the evenings here between the maghrib and isha prayers, they would spread out the mats in the courtyard, and everyone, common person and scholars alike would come and recite.



Ramadan in Madina the illuminated

Im pretty sure I took this picture in Ramadan. Mashallah it was an excellent way to spend the last week of Ramadan, i was walking down the street outside Masjid al-Nabawi al-Sharif and literally bumped in to Sheikh Ihsan from Turkey, I spent 2 weeks with him nearly 4 years ago in his village and in Istanbul, i gave him the longest hug i remember giving anyone in my life 🙂