September 19, 2008 at 10:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Watching taraweeh today, we ended up flipping channels between Makkah and Madinah. Our favourite part of the whole thing is the witr du’a at the end, so the channel we watch depends on the Sheikh doing the du’a, which today was Salah al-Budair in Madinah and Adel al-Kalbani in Makkah. My sister and I favour the reciters with the richer voices (I’m not sure what the correct term is for that kind of voice – but the likes of Shuraim, Abdullah al-Jehany and so on), so Salah al-Budair won. Today’s du’a was ground-shaking.

There is something about Madinah and the Masjid an-Nabawi, which cools the heart, in a way that Makkah and the Masjid al-Haram doesn’t. I’ve always felt like it was a bad thing to prefer Madinah to Makkah, and I still feel uncomfortable admitting it. I remember the awed feeling of being in the Haram – almost a sense of unreality – which wasn’t the same as the home-like feeling in Madinah.

But it strikes me that perhaps this isn’t a bad thing – after all, although Muhammad (saw) loved Makkah, Madinah loved him. And when Makkah expelled him, Madinah welcomed him, and when Makkah fought him, Madinah closed around him and defended him. The natural disposition of the people of Madinah was kinder (Madinah was an oasis-city), while the Makkan disposition was more severe (open desert, very harsh environment). Perhaps these characteristics aren’t separable from the cities and their masajid, even centuries later, as long as we remember him.


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