KIDRAGON aka ‘Muhammad Abdul Lateef’, MECCA & MEDINA, pilgrimage/trip 05-08 photo by Nushmia Khan & kidragon.

Peace to all the Listen Recovery family & friends,
This is kidragon aka Muhammad Abdul Lateef.  I want to share with everyone snapshots from my blessed journeys to Mecca & Medina (Saudi Arabia).  Ever since I became Muslim back in 2003, I’ve always had this burning desire to visit the two cities of Mecca & Medina.  Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Islam.  Medina, a city roughly 210 miles north of Mecca, is where the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated to after facing persecution & oppression in Mecca.  Medina also contains the blessed tomb of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  The two along with Jerusalem are considered to be the three holy cities in the Islamic tradition.Thank God, I’ve been blessed to travel to Mecca & Medina 3-times in the past 4-years.  My first trip was in 2005 with Omar Qureshi aka DJ Omega.  The second was for the Hajj/pilgrimage in 2006/7, and recently during the summer of 2008.  Each visit has its own blessed story and is filled with volumes upon volumes of special moments and experiences.Words fall short in describing the beauty and spiritual wealth of Mecca & Medina.  Tranquility & peace resides there.  I mean you can actually FEEL that there is a Prophet & great Messenger of God buried in the earth.  There’s a lot of love in the air and it motivates you to learn more about the Prophet’s life, mission, & purpose…
Mecca and Medina is a meeting place where the human being can come as he or she is and peacefully surrender their mind, body, & soul to God.  Engaging in sincere and intimate supplication, it’s an environment where you witness your heart come to life and where your spiritual cup gets filled.  Dreams are not like dreams back home and you get to meet people of immense spiritual capacity.  While there your main concern becomes calling upon the Lord of the Worlds and pouring out every request & plea within your heart.  It’s unlike anything of this world, and I encourage those who are capable and willing to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad to make that journey…May God open the doors for all us,
kidragon
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La Ilaha Ilala – There is no God but God

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Allahu Akbar – God is the Greatest

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The Green Dome in Medina (below is the blessed tomb of The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) & his closest companions Umar Ibn Al-Khatab & Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, May God be pleased with them)

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Masjid An-Nabawi (The Mosque of the Prophet pbuh in Medina)

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Medina

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Inside the Mosque of the Prophet (pbuh)

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The Kaba during the pilgrimage

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Pictured here is a funeral prayer at the Kaba.  A reminder that our mortality is REAL and that holding onto to things of utmost importance is the key to life.

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A beautiful moment of a woman reading the Quran at the Kaba

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The Grand Mosque seen from the streets of Mecca

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Mina: a tent city near Mecca where pilgrims stay during the Hajj

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Mind you this isn’t the only thing on the menu.  They have Carl’s Jr., McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Chilis, & Applebees there too!

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Blessed Shuyukh (Teachers) – Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad (UK), Shaykh Abdul Hadi (USA) Shaykh Yahya Rhodus (USA), Shayhk Hamza Yusuf (USA), Shaykh Abdulah Al-Kadi (Saudi Arabia) (from L-R)

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Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Abdul Hadi (from L-R)

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The Lava Tracts in Medina

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kd & the Shaykh from Turkey

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After you complete the Hajj…you shave your head!!! (Women just have to snip a lil bit)

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During the Hajj in 2006/7, I was blessed with meeting Habib Umar from Yemen.  Habib Umar is a direct grandchild of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  He comes from a noble family of piety and knowledge and travels the world inviting humanity to the message of his great-grandfather.

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Great-grandchildren of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

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The building behind me locates where the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born (Mecca)

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kidragon & Omega @ a well in Medina.

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Omega outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca

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THE END

Thank you to the Revelli brothers for their love & support.  One Love.

18 Responses to “KIDRAGON aka ‘Muhammad Abdul Lateef’, MECCA & MEDINA, pilgrimage/trip 05-08 photo by Nushmia Khan & kidragon.”

  1. BundaFUNK! Says:

    wow! These photos are beautiful!!!!! Much love to our Listen Recovery family WORLDWIDE!!!!!!!!!

  2. The photo with Shaikh Hamza and Abdal Hakim others… where was it. And was it and what they spoke about? Beautiful pictures mashallah.

  3. This blog keeps bringing me back to view it! Wow!

  4. Asaalamu alaikum

    Jazakullah khair for all you nice pics.but especially for Shaik Abu Bakr-I never thought Id see him again.I also met him when I went to Umra a year or 2 ago-amazing person,what do you know about him?I saw that he’s well connected and known in the Masjid,I think he lives in the Masjid?

    alright,shukran for that,by the way do you got any pics of the Habaib of Tarim?

    • http://sharestories.wordpress.com/
      write to Ron aka Kid Dragon.
      he did the blog on Medina and Mecca.
      thanks for your comment Hasan P!

    • mA! You met Shaykh Abu Bakr too?! All I know is that I was praying one day in the moqsue and he stood out so much because of the light emanating from his face. I approached him and never wanted to leave his side. He would take me by the hand and walk with me around the mosque, and through this I would see him greet other special inhabitants of the mosque. Then I asked a person he greeted “Who is this man”, the person replied “He is Sayyid Abu Bakr from Afghganistan”. I then replied “He’s a big friend of God?!” , the man’s facial response suggested “Ineed, a big friend…”

  5. I am not Muslim, but find much beauty in these photos. Thank you for sharing your joy.

  6. Jazak Allah-super pics, yet cancel that talk about Holy Prophet Muhammad’ sgrandchildren-seems too shia

  7. Gerard Mendoza Says:

    Bro, i just googled your name and found this haha. Thanks for sharing these experiences with us, I can’t wait for my own hajj! Inshallah, we can make hajj together with some of the fam as well. Salams

  8. salam can you email me more pictures of shaykh hamza yusuf on hajj ?

  9. salam can you email me more pictures of shaykh hamza yusuf on hajj ?

    please email to : mudassaralam@live.com

  10. Allah = The only God = Gott = خدا = الله
    Islam = Submission = Vorlage = تسليم = اسلام

    *** انصح حاسمة
    *** Crucial Advise
    ٣٦ وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْءولًا
    [17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

    *** والملالي ، والحاخامات والكهنة أبدا أن يكون مسؤولا عن الأعمال الخاص
    *** Mullahs, Rabbis, and Priests would never be held responsible for your acts!

    ٦٧ وَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا إِنَّا أَطَعْنَا سَادَتَنَا وَكُبَرَاءَنَا فَأَضَلُّونَا السَّبِيلَا
    [33:67] They will also say, “Our Lord, we have obeyed our masters and leaders, but they led us astray.

    *** التالية الديك عمياء
    *** Following your parents Blindly
    ٦٩ إِنَّهُمْ أَلْفَوْا ءابَاءَهُمْ ضَالِّينَ
    ٧٠ فَهُمْ عَلَى ءاثَرِهِمْ يُهْرَعُونَ
    ٧١ وَلَقَدْ ضَلَّ قَبْلَهُمْ أَكْثَرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ
    ٧٢ وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا فِيهِمْ مُنذِرِينَ
    ٧٣ فَانظُرْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَقِبَةُ الْمُنذَرِينَ
    ٧٤ إِلَّا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ الْمُخْلَصِينَ
    [37:69] They found their parents astray.
    [37:70] And they blindly followed in their footsteps.
    [37:71] Most of the previous generations have strayed in the same manner.
    [37:72] We have sent to them warners.
    [37:73] Note the consequences for those who have been warned.
    [37:74] Only GOD’s servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (are saved).

    ٢١ وَإذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ اتَّبِعُوا مَا أنزَلَ اللَّهُ قَالُوا بَلْ نَتَّبِعُ مَا وَجَدْنَا عَلَيْهِ ءابَاءَنَا أوَلَوْ كَانَ الشَّيْطَنُ يَدْعُوهُمْ إلَى عَذَابِ السَّعِيرِ
    [31:21] When they are told, “Follow these revelations of GOD,” they say, “No, we follow only what we found our parents doing.” What if the devil is leading them to the agony of Hell?

    *** على تقسيم انفسكم
    *** On Dividing Yourselves
    ٣٢ مِنْ الَّذِينَ فَرَّقُوا دِينَهُمْ وَكَانُوا شِيَعًا كُلُّ حِزْبٍ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ فَرِحُونَ
    [30:32] (Do not fall in idol worship,) like those who divide their religion into sects; each party rejoicing with what they have.

    *** دين واحد فقط
    *** Only One Religion
    ١٣ شَرَعَ لَكُمْ مِنْ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّى بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ كَبُرَ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَيْهِ اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَنْ يُنِيبُ
    [42:13] He decreed for you the same religion decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, and what we decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: “You shall uphold this one religion, and do not divide it.”

    *** وحدة جميع الصالحين
    *** The Unity of All righteous people
    ٦٢ إنَّ الَّذِينَ ءامَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَرَى وَالصَّبءِينَ مَنْ ءامَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْاءخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَلِحًا فَلَهُمْ أجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
    [2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
    ٦٩ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ ءامَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّبِءونَ وَالنَّصَرَى مَنْ ءامَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْاءخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَلِحًا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
    [5:69] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

    *** إله واحد / دين واحد
    *** One God/ One Religion
    ٩٢ إِنَّ هَذِهِ أُمَّتُكُمْ أُمَّةً وَحِدَةً وَأَنَا رَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُون
    ٩٣ وَتَقَطَّعُوا أَمْرَهُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ كُلٌّ إِلَيْنَا رَجِعُونَ
    [21:92] Your congregation is but one congregation, and I alone am your Lord; you shall worship Me alone.
    [21:93] However, they divided themselves into disputing religions. All of them will come back to us (for judgment).

    *** يتم قبول جميع الناس الصالحين
    *** ALL the Righteous ones are accepted
    ٥ الْيَوْمَ أُحِلَّ لَكُمْ الطَّيِّبَتُ وَطَعَامُ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَبَ حِلٌّ لَكُمْ وَطَعَامُكُمْ حِلٌّ لَهُمْ وَالْمُحْصَنَتُ مِنْ الْمُؤْمِنَتِ وَالْمُحْصَنَتُ مِنْ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَبَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ إِذَا ءاتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ مُحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَفِحِينَ وَلَا مُتَّخِذِي أَخْدَانٍ وَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالْإِيمَنِ فَقَدْ حَبِطَ عَمَلُهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْاءخِرَةِ مِنْ الْخَسِرِينَ
    [5:5] Today, all good food is made lawful for you. The food of the people of the scripture is lawful for you, [and your food is lawful for them]*. Also, you may marry the chaste women among the believers, as well as the chaste women among the followers of previous scripture, provided you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain chastity, not committing adultery, nor taking secret lovers. Anyone who rejects faith, all his work will be in vain, and in the Hereafter he will be with the losers.

    *** سمات الصالحين
    *** Traits of the Righteous
    ٦٣ وَعِبَاد الرحمَنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمْ الْجَهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَمًا
    [25:63] The worshipers of the Most Gracious are those who tread the earth gently, and when the uninformed speak to them, they only utter peace.

    *** The Quran is All We Need
    [12:111] In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated Hadith; this (Quran) confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe.
    ١١١ لَقَدْ كَانَ فِي قَصَصِهِمْ عِبْرَةٌ لِأوْلِي الْألْبَبِ مَا كَانَ حَدِيثًا يُفْتَرَى وَلَكِنْ تَصْدِيقَ الَّذِي بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَتَفْصِيلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً لِقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ
    قرآن تنها چيزى که احتياج است

    *** Which Hadith?
    [45:6] These are GOD’s revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His revelations do they believe?
    [45:7] Woe to every fabricator, guilty.
    ٦ تِلْكَ ءايَتُ اللَّهِ نَتْلُوهَا عَلَيْكَ بِالْحَقِّ فَبِأَيِّ حَدِيثٍ بَعْدَ اللَّهِ وَءايَتِهِ يُؤْمِنُونَ
    ٧ وَيْلٌ لِكُلِّ أَفَّاكٍ أَثِيمٍ

    [31:6] Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless Hadith, and thus divert others from the path of GOD without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution.
    ٦ وَمِنْ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أولَئكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

    *** Quran: Fully Detailed
    [6:114] Shall I seek other than GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?* Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.
    ١١٤ أَفَغَيْرَ اللَّهِ أَبْتَغِي حَكَمًا وَهُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ إِلَيْكُمْ الْكِتَبَ مُفَصَّلًا وَالَّذِينَ ءاتَيْنَهُمْ الْكِتَبَ يَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ مُنَزَّلٌ مِنْ رَبِّكَ بِالْحَقِّ فَلَا تَكُونَنَّ مِنْ الْمُمْتَرِينَ

    *** Invitation to All Believers
    [3:64] Say, “O followers of the scripture, let us come to a logical agreement between us and you: that we shall not worship except GOD; that we never set up any idols besides Him, nor set up any human beings as lords beside GOD.” If they turn away, say, “Bear witness that we are submitters.”
    ٦٤ قُلْ يَأهْلَ الْكِتَبِ تَعَالَوْا إلَى كَلِمَةٍ سَوَاءٍ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ ألَّا نَعْبُدَ إلَّا اللَّهَ وَلَا نُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْءًا وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا أرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَإنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُولُوا اشْهَدُوا بِأنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ

    *** Only God Guides
    [28:56] You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance.
    ٥٦ إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ

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  12. ahmad kamil zainuddin Says:

    salam bro from malaysia

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