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#HiraHike reflection from an EarthWatcher, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Rustenburg

#HiraHike reflection from an EarthWatcher, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Rustenburg

This article was written by a an anonymouse sister who attended the #HiraHike hosted by the

Zinniaville Go Green team in Rustenburg. The team took a group of girls, boys and adults for a trip to the Kgaswane Nature Reserve on the 23 August 2015.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu

I pray that all is well with everybody. I would like to highlight our special trip to the Rustenburg Nature Reserve. For me, the trip was nothing out of the ordinary as I am a regular visitor. To join a group of amazing people was highlighted when their eagerness to explore the wilderness was so striking. To go out into nature is humbling. To witness the creation of Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ (The Exalted) in all it’s natural beauty is breathtaking and to engage the youth to appreciate this even more promising.

#HiraHike reflection from an EarthWatcher, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Rustenburg 3Let me tell you something about going into the mountains; it is a place of absolute peace and serenity. A place where one finds solace in the soul. Once you are up there, all the stresses of life disappear for that time. I write this from my personal experience. Being faced with many challenges, I personally did a lot of soul searching and received lots of solace and answers from there.

Another thing I would like to bring to your attention is that almost all the Prophets ‘Alayhimus-salâm (Peace be upon them) received divine intervention in the mountains. Most of the Prophets  ‘Alayhimus-salâm (Peace be upon them) served as shepherds at some time in their lives. There was a purpose behind it. To find solace. To find Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ. Our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Şalla-Allâhu ‘alyhi wa sallam (Blessings and peace be upon him) was in the cave of Hira when Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala sent down the first revelation of “Iqraa”.

Coming back to our trip, it was a joy to see the eagerness of the kids. New friendships were formed,  kids brimmed with excitement as we climbed up the rocks and breathed in the essence of the view before us. Everyone was absorbed at the marvel that lay before them. Alhamdulillah. The Zikr on Surah Faatiha brought appreciation to ‘Ihadinas Siraatul Mustaqeem’. May Allah Subḥânahu wa ta’âlâ instil ‘Ihadinas Siraatul Mustaqeem’ firmly in our hearts. Aameen.

A big thank you to Aadil, Naazneen and Fatima from all who participated in the field trip. May Allah bless you abundantly and may this exercise grow from strength to strength. Aameen.

#HiraHike reflection from an EarthWatcher, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Rustenburg 2

Saqifah Bani Sa’eda

A Green Garden Gem in Madinah

سقيفة بني ساعدة

In the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah, just over 200m away from the Masjidun Nabawi, lies a green garden quietly being looked after by its faithful caretakers. Located west of the north-western corner of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎)’s mosque (the Movenpick hotel corner), this place of natural tranquility and historical Islamic history is often overlooked by the unsuspecting pilgrim.



When the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎) was in Madinah (622AD onwards), there was a “saqifah” (meaning ‘shelter’) where the present garden is. This shelter was in the locality of the Bani Sa’eda – a famous family branch of the Khazraj tribe of the Ansaar. To the north of this shelter was a well – the well of Budha’ah. During his life time, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎) used to frequently go to this shelter, drink water and perform ablution at the well, and pray in the shade of the shelter. The companions used to also rest in the coolness of this shelter.

When the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎) passed away, there was a lot of confusion on how to proceed with matters. Senior sahabah and leaders of the community retreated to this shelter to discuss matters and after some deliberation Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) was elected as the Caliph (successor) of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎).

While the original shelter and well is no longer there, the garden offers an opportunity to remember our Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎) and to remember the historical election of Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) as the first Caliph of Islam. Visit this garden and reflect therein if you have an opportunity. May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) give us all an opportunity to visit these blessed lands of Madinah Munawwarah and Makkah Mukarramah. آمين.


Pictorial History of Madinah Munawwarah by Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, 2004, King Fahd National Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data, Al-Rasheed Printers, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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