Insha’Allah the next few posts will include photos taken in Makkah last week, basically appearing in the sequence they were taken.
The view upon flinging the curtains from the room in the Zamzam Tower. The heart felt a pang of disappointment when I saw the crane obstructing the Ka’abah, but Shukr quickly replaced such a feeling, Alhumdulillah. Even though it is an added bonus to be looking down upon it, one does not need to ‘see’ the Ka’abah. Far more important to have the symbolism of its presence in the heart from wherever one may be, Insha’Allah.
The second level of the Masa’a, still under construction behind the blue canvas.
The windows are so dirty! I imagine this will be a perpetual problem with all of the new projects. The reality that the Haramain are in desert environments and no matter how elaborate the architecture may be the dust will dominate.
Walking out from the hotel entrance towards Masjid al-Haram.
The ‘poor’ storage system on the left with the ‘rich’ on the right!
An artists impression of the Jabal Omar project! The 670 number on the top indicates how many more days for estimated completion, Insha’Allah. So maybe in two years it will be ready. Two of these boards have been erected along the fence of the project.
It was impossible to capture the massive size of this complex.
This section represents about a quarter of the area under construction. I saw cattle trucks transporting labourers up the mountain. This is behind the Intercontinental Hotel which has now become the hub for taxis and cars to collect passengers to Jeddah and Madinah since the demolition on the Shamia side, see next photo for where they used to call for fares.
The Intercontinental on the left, the continuation of the Jabal Omar project. One year ago when I was in Makkah for a week I was staying in a hotel just to the right. It is amazing to see the changes since then, click here.
SubhanAllah! Makkah would be unrecognizable to our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his esteemed family and Sahabah RadhiAllahu anahum. Tears fill the eyes.
Workers cleaning…and yet immediately to the left, below, is the constant dust from the extension work.
Side of the Masa’a….(one year ago)
Looking back towards Jabal Omar in the distant left, on the right, the vast empty area now devoid of more than a thousand hotels in readiness for the next Haram extension, which will occupy this entire area.
All of this area from the Haram walls….
…. including where this has been taken will be incorporated into the extension of the Masjid.
The Abraj al-Bait Towers. The central building is to be 82 storeys high, while the side ones are about 34!! We were staying on the sixth floor of the one on the right, which is the only one functioning at the moment. They are hoping to have more ready for occupation soon.
The Marwa end of the Masa’a….
….with the Palace in the background. We were informed that there are plans to demolish this existing palace complex, and destroy the little that is left of Abu Qubais so this prime area can be incorporated into the Haram. (Abu Qubais has such an important role in our history. It was the first mountain created by Allah Ta’ala, the Black Stone was protected in it when Allah Ta’ala sent the flood upon Nuh Alaihis Salaam, Darul Arqam, where the early Muslims would secretly meet with the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam was situated on it. Also it is where the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam stood when he split the moon. Ibrahim and Ismail alaihunaa salam collected stones from there to build the Ka’abah. Bilal RadhiAllahu anhu made Adhan from there. And it is where Hajjaj fired the catapult into the Ka’aba, which resulted in the killing of Abdullah ibn Zubair RadhiAllahu anhu.)
Insha’Allah more to follow.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.