As salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
To those of you who have posted questions in the past few months and not had a response, we apologize. We have been away from Madinah for three months at our farm and future Islamic educational retreat, Healing Earth wa al hamdul'Illah. Quite honestly, we don't have the time to keep up with the questions and won't be responding to anymore emails. In addition, what we have found is that most of the questions are things that are already written about somewhere in this blog.
Most of the information herein is still valid, although prices and locations of places may and do change from time to time. Al hamdul'Illah, there is more information on the Internet about shops and places in Madinah than before, so prices of food and goods from Hyperpanda, Carrefour, Watania Organic, Jarir Bookstore, and others can be found online. Aside from expansion changes, all the basic information about Masjid un Nabawi is the same inshaa Allah. Housing prices may creep up, but we still have relatively realistic prices quoted on the blog posts about housing that can be used as a guideline. Schools have not improved to any extent, but there are listings of schools in Madinah that can be found and small, local ones do keep popping up.
We will be closing comments on this blog and will no longer be posting information herein. As we are in our final 8 months here in Madinah, prior to returning to develop our farm, build a masjid and Islamic retreat at Healing Earth, we will be busy focusing on intensive Arabic and preparations prior to leaving. If you are seeking information about living in Madinah, please do read through the posts of this blog completely. We have found that nearly every question asked of us has already been addressed on the blog, but people haven't read through it.
We pray Allah blesses you all in your efforts to draw closer to Him and worship Him and wish you all the Ultimate Success in this life and the Aakhirah - AMEEN!