Thursday, July 21, 2005

The lava of Madinah

Photo (top): The Rihla group are taken on a short walk on the hardened lava. Photo (above): Satellite image depicting the expanse of the site. © Fareena Alam. Please do not re-use without permission and proper credit.

Last week, we visited the Lava of Madinah. I was unable to take down the exact details so I'm going to refrain from writing more. All I can say is that the miles and miles of rock hard lava from hundreds of years ago is surely a sign from Allah. Enjoy the pictures...


The lava tracks are amazing! It's such a beautiful sight - all this lava that's been here for so many centuries and so well-preserved.The heat was unbearable - we were told not to wear flip-flops because they might burn, but it was worth it.

On the way there, we were told by the shuyukh of a Prophetic (صلي الله عليه و سلم) prophecy about the coming of Judgement Day. The prophecy was that one day there would be such a great fire in the land of the Hijaz (Makkah and Madina) that the light from that fire will be seen from the Shaam (Greater Syria) - hundreds of miles away.

True enough, in the 12th Century, there was an earthquake in Madinah which caused a fire to rage for almost two days. The light from this fire was seen by numerous witnesses in Syria, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

Additionally, the earthquake caused incredible amounts of lava to rise forth. The molten rock flowed for miles and miles and was threatening to overtake the city of Madinah. At this point, the people of Madinah - certain this was the end of their lives, prayed intensely for Allah's forgiveness. Even the Amir set about righting all the wrongs in his city. And then suddenly, the lava flow changed direction and Madinah was saved.

A Welsh geologist who dedicated his life to researching this area, joined us on the visit to the lava tracks. He, a non-Muslim, said, "The course of the lava flow was redirected abruptly 8km from Madinah. The only explanation for such a change in the flow is the intense prayers of the people of Madinah. We honestly have no other explanation."



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