Bicycles in Islam – Makkah, Madinah and Toronto

August 11th, 2012 Permalink

All over the world Muslims ride bicycles in their daily lives for worldly reasons as well as for religious reasons like reaching distant Masjids. The first three Madinah photographs are from Cape Town residents Nathim Cairncross and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron who spent nine months in 2010 biking across Africa to reach Makkah and perform the Hajj. The remaining Makkah and Madinah bicycle photographs were taken during my Umrah trip in May and June of 2011. Currently during Ramadan 2012, I am visiting 30 Masjids in 30 Days in the Greater Toronto Area. On Day 13, Wednesday August 1 2012, sometime before sunrise, my bicycle was stolen from in front of Masjid Toronto. The media got wind of this and it made the news. Canadian Tire stepped up and offered to replace the stolen bicycle with a new one. During Umrah last year, I captured as many bicycle photographs as possible hoping to publish them once I got home. Please forgive the quality of many of the photos, they were taken with my Blackberry. — HiMY SYeD (64 photos total).

Cape Town, South Africa residents Nathim Cairncross and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron spent nine months in 2010 biking across Africa to reach Makkah and perform the Hajj. Here they with their bikes  outside the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (Cape 2 Mecca Cycle)

2 Cape Town, South Africa residents Nathim Cairncross and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron spent nine months in 2010 biking across Africa to reach Makkah and perform the Hajj. Here they with their bikes outside the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (Cape 2 Mecca Cycle) #

 

3 Cape Town, South Africa residents Nathim Cairncross and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron spent nine months in 2010 biking across Africa to reach Makkah and perform the Hajj. Here they with their bikes outside the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (Cape 2 Mecca Cycle) #

 

4  Bicycle locked beside fire hydrant on sidewalk south of Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 5 Bicycles locked on sidewalk south of Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah Saudi Arabia (May 2011) # 6  Bicycles locked on sidewalk south of Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 7 Bicycle locked to underground entrance number 2 in Masjid An Nabawi Madinah Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 8 Bicycles locked in-between south exit gates of Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 9 Bicycles locked to doors of gate 2 on south exit of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

10 Child cycling with kid running beside him to keep up on compound of Masjid An Nabawi Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

11 Child cycling with kid running beside him to keep up Masjid An Nabawi Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 12 Wrapping up his bike lock chain on sidewalk south side of Masjid An Nabawi Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

13 Wrapping up his bike lock chain on sidewalk south side of Masjid An Nabawi Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

14 Cycling away on sidewalk south of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 15 Locked bicycle on sidewalk south of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

16 Riding bicycle onto south sidewalk of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011)# 17 Riding bicycle onto south sidewalk of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

18 Riding bicycle on south west sidewalk of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

19 Riding bicycle on south west sidewalk of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 20 Bicycles locked to railing above underground parking garage entrance to Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 21 Bicycle locked to railing above underground parking garage entrance to Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

22 Bicycle locked on inside Masjid An Nabawi south fence wall in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

23 No bicycles allowed in this pedestrian underpass south east of Masjid An Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

24 Tea Service via bicycle. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 25 Tea Service via bicycle. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

26 Tea Service via bicycle. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

27 Cycling outside north east fence wall of Al-Baqi Graveyard in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 28 Catching a ride on a friend’s bike. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

29 Bicycle locked to fence in North East area of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

30 Bicycle locked to Tree in north east section of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 31 Bicycle locked to Tree in north east section of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 32 Cyclist on a main road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

33 Young boy drops his bike. Neighbourhood in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 34 Cyclist on Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) # 35 Cyclist on Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

36 Cyclist on Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

37 Cyclist on sidewalk in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

38 Young cyclists beside a Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

39 Young cyclists beside a Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

40 Young cyclists beside a Main Road in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

41 Cyclist on sidewalk bridge in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

42 Cyclist on sidewalk bridge in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

43 Cyclist. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

44 Bike locked to Masjid An Nabawi Fence. Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (May 2011) #

 

45 Cyclist stopped on Main Road. Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

46 Cyclists. Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

47 Cyclists. Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

48 Bicycle beside one of the many shops which line the immediate perimeter of the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

49 Cyclists waits to walk his bike across the street in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

50 Cyclists walking his bike across the street in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) # 51 Locked and unlocked bicycles on the sidewalk in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. (June 2011) #

 

52 Locked flat tire in Madinah. (June 2011) #

 

53 Time for Late Afternoon Asr Prayer in Madinah Saudi Arabia. People walk toward Masjid An-Nabawi from the south as one young cyclist clocks right past me on his way to prayer. (June 2011) #

 

54 Children on bicycles speeding across the compound outside the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah. (June 2011) #

 

55 Children on bicycles speeding across the compound outside the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah. (June 2011) #

 

56 The original 30 Masjids Bike locked in front of Masjid Huzaifah in Scarborough. (July 28 2012) # 57 The original 30 Masjids Bike locked in front of Masjid Jame Abu Bakr Siddique in Scarborough. (July 31 2012) #

 

58 I am Sad. Bike ring. No bike. Cut Kryptonite bike lock outside Masjid Toronto after Fajr Prayers. (Sunrise Wednesday August 1 2012) #

 

59 HiMY SYeD and Canadian Tire store manager Naeem. He listened to my requirements for a bicycle that would be travelling all over the Greater Toronto Area visiting 30 Masjids and instantly showed me this Schwinn Hydra. This is the bike that replaced the stolen one. I could now continue 30 Masjids 2012 by bicycle as intended. (Sunday August 5 2012) # 60 The Canadian Tire bike locked in front of Dixie Gurdwara in Malton. It was here that I broke my fast. The reason was be in solidarity with the Sikh Community after the tragic events in Wisconsin on Sunday. (August 8 2012) #

 

61 The Canadian Tire bike locked in front of the Islamic Forum of Canada in Brampton. (August 09 2012) # 62 Workers who maintain the giant retractable umbrellas found on all sides of the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, use bicycles to get around the massive outer compound. The Umbrellas provide much needed shade to pilgrims during the day, and retract at night. (May2011) #

 

63 Workers who maintain the giant retractable umbrellas found on all sides of the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, use bicycles to get around the massive outer compound. The Umbrellas provide much needed shade to pilgrims during the day, and retract at night. (May2011) #

 

64 Workers who maintain the giant retractable umbrellas found on all sides of the Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah, use bicycles to get around the massive outer compound. The Umbrellas provide much needed shade to pilgrims during the day, and retract at night. (May2011) #

 

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