Missing Madinah

Madinah, the enlightened city!
Yesterday I was listening to Dawud Warnsby’s song about Madinah when I really felt I deeply miss Madinah . I never thought that you might love a city you just visited once just as if you lived there for your whole life and even more.

Everything there is so charming, so pure and holy, just like a beautiful dream.

I went there Summer 2006, with my husband; we decided to go make our ‘Umrah (mini-pilgrimage) in the second half of our honeymoon to thank God for bringing us together. It was my first time to go to Makkah and Madinah and it was an unforgettable experience.
Although the ‘Umrah Rituals (which took us only two or three hours to perform) were to be performed in Makkah, you can stay a few days in Madinah at the beginning of the journey.

The tranquility you feel there, the amount of people from all around the world coming purely for the sake of God, forgetting all about the materialistic world and feeding their souls and hearts.

We used to stay all night in the mosque of prophet Muhammad (peace & prayers be upon him) waiting for our turn to step into the Rawdah. When the big doors would go open, I would feel electricity all over my body flying like a child into a different world, carried by a feeling I can’t explain in words. A sweet dream..

All I thought about before I went was that I was going to walk around the Ka’bah at last like those millions of people I see on TV. I didn’t think about Madinah, I thought it would be just an ordinary city. But it wasn’t. No, it wasn’t! When I look at the pictures, I feel a strong desire to go there again, an urging need for peace of mind and tranquility.. I want to be there right now!

Of course the first sight of the Ka’bah in Mekkah was also an awesome experience. When people told me about the feelings you get when you first see the Ka’bah, I didn’t believe them, because I was used to seeing it on TV. But being there was totally different.

I was moved to tears..

All I thought about when I stood in front of the Ka’bah was Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, who first built it. Prophet Abraham, the father of all monotheistic messages, the ancestor of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad peace be upon them all.

Without thinking I kept repeating: “Please, God, let me live and die worshiping only you, like My Father Abraham”. Thank you, dear Prophet Abraham, for searching for the truth to free us from idol-worshiping.

Oh and revolving around the graceful stone in seemingly endless circles surrounded by all kinds of people of different colours, nationalities and ages walking side by side in the same rythm, calmly, some of them crying, others praying to God in languages you don’t understand, others trying to reach the Black Stone in the crowd!
And there was a strange thing: I always noticed birds flying above us while we were walking, also rotating about the Kaabah, is this a natural phenomenon or what? Did anyone else notice this?

I leave you with the song that raised in me all those sweet memories .. enjoy!


(Be Careful, it’s addictive 🙂 )

Madinah tun-Nabi – “Madinah of the Prophet”
Lyrics

There was merriment and joy,
a smile on the face of every girl and boy.
The streets of Yathrib welcomed in
the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad,
Sallallahu `alaihi was salam.
(Peace and Blessings be upon him)

A full, white moon,
shone down upon the land,
rising from the valley between hills of sand.
Being greatful to Allah was the Prophet’s demand,
spreading peace through the streets of Madinah.

Madinah tun-Nabi, Madinah tun-Nabi
The city of the Prophet is like home to me.
I’ll travel through the world but I doubt that I will see,
a city with such wonder as Madinah.

Now the narrow winding roads,
are so full of history;
Streets shake with the Azan from Masjid-Un-Nabi.
I feel the shadow of the Prophet gently cooling me
as I walk through the streets of Madinah.

Madinah tun-Nabi, Madinah tun-Nabi
The city of the Prophet is like home to me.
I’ll travel through the world but I doubt that I will see,
a city with such wonder as Madinah
.

The man who reads Qur’an `neath a date palm tree,
and a smile from the child on the street selling tea,
enchant me with their beauty and their simplicity
as I walk through the streets of Madinah.

Al-Madinahtul-Munawarah
Oh, Enlightened City!
Al-Madinahtul-Munawarah
Even in my sleep you call to me.

Time, has hurried by, time has traveled on so fast,
and though wisdom and truth will always last,
I wish, I wish, I wish that I could climb into the past
and live with the Prophet in Madinah.

Madinah tun-Nabi, Madinah tun-Nabi
The city of the Prophet is like home to me.
I’ll travel through the world but I doubt that I will see,
a city with such wonder as Madinah.

My heart is never far from the home of the “Ansar”,
and the city of The Prophet, Al Madinah.


Originally Posted By Laila Hussein to Thoughts & Tips at 2/10/2008

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