Makkah Al Mukarramah 1880( 3D Virtual Tours )
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About Makkah Al-Mukarramah
Makkah Al-Mukarramah is considered the holiest city in Islam. It is the home of the auspicious Masjid Al-Haram, the largest mosque on earth. It is the epicentre of Islamic worship and an integral part of the sacred rite of Hajj and Umrah.
Although Makkah Al-Mukarramah has undergone many changes over the centuries, there are certain key structures that have remained intact throughout history.
Masjid Al-Haram is considered the most important mosque. It has a wonderful history and houses many sacred structures and artefacts that hold great significance in Islam.
Masjid Al-Haram is home to the magnificent Ka’bah. Built by Nabi Ibrahim and his son Isma’il, it sits at the very centre of the of Masjid Al-Haram. In Islam, the Ka’bah serves as a guide to all Muslims around the world as to which direction to pray. This is known as Qibla. Pilgrims walk around the Ka’bah seven times in a counter-clockwise direction. This practice, known as Tawaaf, is an integral part of performing Hajj and Umrah.
The Ka’bah also houses the black stone known as Hijr Al-Aswad. It is considered a blessed object and it has become a Sunnah to touch the stone during Tawaaf.
Makam Ibrahim is the stone Nabi Ibrahim stood on while building the highest parts of the Ka’bah. The stone has been kept in many structures of the decades.
During the Ottoman period, Makam Ibrahim was protected by a domed building on four pillars, surrounded by an iron cage. It then got rebuilt as a hexagonal structure in 1967 and then as an elliptical building in 1997.
Safa, Marwa and the Zamzam Well
Zamzam is considered blessed water from the Almighty Allah. The well is located just below the circumambulation area today.
While Nabi Ibrahim was away on Allah’s command, he left his son Isma’il in his mother’s care. Hajar ran out of provisions to feed Isma’il. She desperately started searching for water for her son.
She walked back and forth between two small hills seven times. These two hills are called Safa and Marwa. Today, pilgrims perform this same walk as a tribute to Hajar’s efforts to help her son.
Isma’il’s cries became more frantic with each passing second. He started kicking and stomping the ground and water miraculously sprang from the earth. The Zamzam well has provided water every day since then.
Masjid Al-Haram is one of the oldest and most revered mosques in the world. It is at the heart of one of the five pillars of Islam (Hajj) and therefore of great significance. Its rich history is awe-inspiring and a testament to the Almighty’s greatness.
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