Lost Heritage

Today i was reading how the blessed lands in Arabia were slowly being eroded away of its and the Muslims Islamic heritage. The historic places where the companions ate, studied, worked and had their social gatherings. Although most if not all, already has been lost to the CAT and the HYUNDAI bulldozers. There is a new momentum of the Saudi authorities to demolish every aspect of whatever is remaining from the blessed and the best generation ever to have graced the earth. Under the banner of adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah new ideas and avenues are cooked up to serve the legality of the mass demolition of the Holy sites and sanctuaries. In recent times, the birth place of our beloved has come under great pressure to be also included in the scheme of “modernization” of Mecca. Demolishing it for the expansion of the holy mosque. -something which they can clearly do by simply building around the esteemed site.

SubhanAllah! how much more will these people go on planning for the total wipe-out of our highly esteemed historical places? as more and more days go by, Mecca is looking more like the sister city to New York – astagfirullah! rather than it being a place where people go attain spiritual benefit as-well as the physical. The soothing sight it once used to be of openness and simplicity of life is fasting eroding away. One can only imagine how our future generations would see the city as. – will it be another skyscraper city? A place to have some of the best shopping experience? a place where all the latest fashion? – where cool gadgets can be found and brought?
During the time of the prophet (sallahu’alihi’wa’salam) it was considered that Mecca was a highly polluted place due to the number of people living in it. the hustle and bustle of city life was considered to be unhealthy for young children. So they would allow Bedouin tribes to come and take the young ones to spend some time in the wilderness of the open land. To attain fresh air, simply have the experience of ‘living’ life. SubhanAllah, one can only imagine what these people would think of Mecca now, – if that was their view back then!

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