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& Places of Historic Significance with Brief Notes!  




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Makkatul Mukarramah & The Haram

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Through History


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The Haram (Showing Landscapes)


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Panorama View


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Sattelite View


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At Night


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In The Rain


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In the Future?


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The Ka'bah


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AMAZING, SUBHANALLAH! (zoom in and out using the mouse)

Abu Mohammad on muftisays.com

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The Ka'bah


Drawing of The Ka'bah


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Drawing showing the Corners of the Ka'bah


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Inside the Ka'bah


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The Door of the Ka'bah


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In the time of Ibrahim AI-Khalil (peace be upon him), the door of the Holy Ka'bah was just a ductless entry. Asa'd Tubba III, one of the Kings of Yemen, erected a single-paneled door that could be locked and opened. Quraish added a double door. Then it was replaced and often decorated several times through history. It had a special key kept by Bani Shaiba and no other people or tribe can possess it, as instructed by the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him). During the reign of King Saud (may his soul rest in peace), the present dimensions of the door were established: 318 centimetres high, 171 centimetres wide. It is elevated 222 centimetres from the floor of Al-Shadhrwan. 




The Key To the Ka'bah

(Ottoman Period)


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Custody of the Holy Ka'bah

Gatekeeping and custody are synonymous. It is a service of the Sacred House, opening and locking its doors. This was bestowed on Tasm, a tribe of Aad before Quraish. It passed to Khuza'a, then Qusai, who gave it to his son Abdul Dar, who handed it over to his son Othman. It shifted from one person to another until it rested with their nephew Shaiba. It is still inherited by their ancestors up to the present day. The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) handed the key to Bani Shaiba in' the year of the conquest of Makkah AI-Mukarramah, and said, "Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant".



The Covering of the Ka'bah (The Kiswah)

The Making of the Kiswah


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A short video with details of the making of the Kiswah


Article on the Kiswah



The Multazam




The area between the Hajar al-Aswad and the Door of the Ka’bah is called the Multazam. It is approximately two metres wide and is a place where duas (supplications) are accepted.


  • The Multazam is an area where du’aas are accepted . It is sunnah to hold on to the wall of the Ka’bah in such a manner that a cheek, chest and hands are against the wall. It is reported that Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) once completed the Tawaf, performed the salat and then kissed the Hajar al-Aswad. Thereafter, he stood between the Hajar al-Aswad and the door of the Ka’bah in such a manner that the cheek, chest and hands were against the wall. He then said, “This is how I saw Rasulullaah (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) do.”
  • Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) says, “The signs of acceptance for any dua made between the Hajar al-Aswad and the door of the Ka’bah will certainly be seen.”


 The Rukn Yamani

The corner before the corner of the Black Stone is the Rukn Yamani.

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Seventy Angels say "Aameen" when anyone passes by in Tawaaf and says:

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The Water Spout (Meezaabe Rahmat)



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The Waterspout of the Holy Ka'bah

The first waterspout was fixed by Quraish when they roofed over the Holy Ka'bah. It was made to drain into Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair and AI-llajjaj Ibn Yusuf fitted similar waterspouts. AI-Walced Ibn Abdul Malik added some gilded tin plates to it. Caliphs and wealthy Muslims changed the waterspout several times and the last waterspout was presented by Sultan Abdul Majeed Khan in 1273 H. King Saud repaired it and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques renovated it. Source


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Rain Water through the Waterspout

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The Black Stone (Al-Hajar Al-Aswad)


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Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) is situated on the south-eastern corner of the holy Kaaba which marks the starting and finishing point for circling the Kaaba (known as tawaaf). Today, only parts of the stone are present; consisting of 8 pieces of varying sizes. These are affixed to a larger stone, encased in a silver frame and attached to the corner of the Kaaba about 1.5 meters above the ground.


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Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) informed us of three main virtues of the Stone: 1) Allah sent it down to earth from paradise whiter than milk; however the sins of mankind turned it black. 2) It will come on the Day of Judgment with two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak and will testify for those who have touched it in truth and sincerity. 3) Touching the Stone is also one of the means by which Allah erases sins.


It is a customary practice to touch and kiss the Black Stone (and not the silver casing around it).


The Black Stone will be a witness on Judgement Day to all Muslims who have touched and kissed it in sincerity. It is the spot which has been kissed by the Prophets, Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors.

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The Hateem



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Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him) (The Hateem)

It is the curved section to the north of the Holy Ka'bah on the side of the waterspout. It is called Al-Hateem because a part of it was demolished when Quraish reduced the area of the House while reconstructing it. It is a marbled area with a wall in the form of a semi-circle with an eastern and a western opening. It is about one and a half metres high, and has three lanterns for lighting and decoration.


Visitors performing Salaah in the Hateem


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A part of it amounting to three cubits and a hand span is considered as a part of the Holy Ka'bah. It has been renovated more than twenty-five times. Source

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The Maqaame Ibrahim (Abraham's Station)



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The Station of Abraham (peace be upon him) is considered as one of the appendages of the Holy Ka'bah and the Holy Mosque. It is the stone on which Abraham (peace be upon him) stood while building the Sacred House. His footprints are still visible there. This is one of Allah's permanent, Divine miracles. It is a place of forgiveness of sins for those who say their prayers behind it. The Holy Qur'an says that it should be taken as a place of prayer.



It is a small pit adjacent to the wall of the Holy Ka'bah on the eastern side between the Iraqi corner and the door of the Holy Ka'bah. It was said to be the site of the location of Abraham's Station. During the reign of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), the temporary site of Abraham's Station was restored to its original place after the flooding of Umm Nahshal. The pit is also the place where the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) performed prayer on the day of the conquest of Makkah, after leaving the Holy Ka'bah. It is also the place where Gabriel said his prayers. It is permanently closed now because people stumbled while performing tawaf around the Holy Ka'bah, but its place was marked by a square of marble in 1377 H. Opposite to it, there is a square piece of marble inscribed in Arabic but difficult to read. It is called the pit, the well, AI-Akhsaf and AI-Ghabghab. 


It is also called AI-Mutawwaz or AI-Mustatjab. It lies between the Yemeni corner and the closed door at the back of the Holy Ka'bah. It is called AI-Multazarn of the elderly of Quraish. It is also a place where supplications are answered by Allah, the Almighty. Source

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Zamzam Water

Zamzam is the name of a famous well in al-Masjid al-Haraam which is thirty-eight cubits away from the Ka’bah. It is the well from which Allah quenched the thirst of Ismaa’eel the son of Ibraaheem (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both) when he was an infant. His mother, Haajra (peace and blessings of Allah be upon her) looked for water for him, but could not find any. She climbed to the top of Mount al-Safaa, praying to Allah to help her and give her water for Ismaa’eel, then she climbed to the top of Mount al-Marwah and did the same. Allah sent Jibreel (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) , and he struck the earth, and water appeared.


Zamzam Taps

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Old Zamzam Well

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Old entrance into the Basement where Zamzam Taps were located

Two entrances (One for men and one for women) used to lead down to a cool, wet basement where rows of taps were located and at the back, behind a glass barrier used to be the old well.


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From saudigazette.com

In the history of the Zamzam well, there have been several significant milestones. The first was in 1964 when the use of buckets to draw water ended. It was replaced with taps after the late King Saud ordered the expansion of the mataf (circumambulation area). The mouth of the well was positioned below the mataf in a basement 2.7 meters deep.

Pilgrims could descend to the well using a divided staircase, one for men and the other for women.

The second phase was in 1979 when King Khalid issued directives to clean the Zamzam well using the latest available methods with the help of professional divers. This was one of the largest cleaning operations in the history of the well. This also resulted in an increase in the flow of water.

The third phase was in November 1979, the well's second cleaning operation. Dr. Yahya Koshak, a Saudi academic, told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the well was cleaned twice in the Kingdom’s history. He was given the opportunity to participate in both the cleaning operations. He said the Zamzam well is peculiar in the sense that the flow of water can be stopped for a period of time.



Old and Rare Picture of the Zamzam well

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The Mas'aa Where the Sa'ee is Performed


Safa and Marwah are the two mountains between which Hajra (upon her be peace) rushed seven times to see if she could spot any water or anyone from whom she could get some in order to give to her infant Ismail (upon him be peace). This action is copied by all pilgrims performing Hajj or Umrah and is known as the Sa’ee. The strip of ground between Safa and Marwah is referred to as the Mas’aa.


The Sa'ee consists of 7 rounds of walking between As-Safa and Al-Marwah. One round is completed when you begin from As-Safa and end at Al-Marwah. The return from Al-Marwah to Al-Safa completes the second round and so on.The Men should walk briskly between the green lights (located on the side of the walls nearer to As-Safa).




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Fence around the small mountains of Safa and Marwah


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Before the fences were put up, people used to climb up the hills and make du'a facing the Ka'bah

The picture on the right was taken in 1908 (From muftisays.com)

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Mas'aa in the Past

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During the first Saudi extension (1955-73)

The Masa'a (the gallery connecting the Rock of al-Safa' with al-Marwah) was extended to reach the mosque. The extension was built on two floors, with a structure of reinforced concrete arches clad in carved marble and artificial stone. This gallery communicates with the street and the mosque through eleven doors.

The Rock al-Safa — from which the ritual walking (Arabic: سعى‎ saʿy) begins — is located approximately half a mile from the Kaaba. Al-Marwah is located about 100 m (330 ft) from the Kaaba. The distance between Safa and Marwah is approximately 450 m (1,480 ft), so that seven trips amount to roughly 3.15 km (1.96 mi). The two points and the path between them are now inside a long gallery that forms part of the Masjid. (muftisays.com)


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Old Mas'aa Pictures


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Sa'ee in Water!

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New Mas'aa


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A short while after the event of the sun rising in the west, there will appear a strange animal. An earthquake will grip Mount Safaa in Makkah Muazzamah. The mountain will split open and a strange and wonderful animal will emerge. The animal will speak to people and will travel around the earth with great speed. With the Asaa (staff) of Nabi Musaa (AS), the Daab-batul Ardh will draw a glittering line on the forehead of Muslims. As a result, their faces will glow in a halo of heavenly light. With the ring of Nabi Sula Imaan (AS), this animal will stamp the noses or necks of the kuffar. As a result, their faces will be blackened. After performing this duty, the animal will disappear.




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The Hajj  Guide & Related Pictures


Hajj Route

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Hajj Guide from "Women's Guide to Hajj & Umrah" by Mufti Muhammad Faruq




DAY 1: 8th Dhul Hijjah

From Makkah through the  Tunnels (or by vehicles) to Mina



Mina Tents where Hujjaaj spend the day

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DAY 2: 9th Dhul Hijjah

Reciting Takbeer-e-Tashreek, Hujjaaj leave Mina, for Arafat and stay there till sunset


Jabale Rahmah

The Hill of Arafat is also known as Jabal ar-Rahmah, meaning Mountain of Mercy. On the ninth day of hajj, pilgrims leave Mina for Mount Arafat where they stand in contemplative vigil and pray and recite the Qur'an. It is here that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave his last sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life. A pilgrim's Hajj is considered invalid if they do not spend the afternoon on Mount Arafat



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People climb to the top thinking that is where Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam stood during Hajjatul Wida's Final Sermon which is incorrect. This picture is from "Women's Guide to Hajj & Umrah" by Mufti Muhammad Faruq 



Old Arafat Picture

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Night of 9th Dhul Hijjah

People Spending the Night in the Plain of Muzdalifah

Sleeping, Resting & Worshipping

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Pebbles being collected in preparation for the Rami





DAY 3: 10th Dhul Hijjah

Back to MIna to perform the Rami of the big Jamarah (Throwing seven pebbles at only the big pillar)

Jamarat Bridge

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Inside the Jamarat Bridge

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Old Jamaraat Pictures with Hujjaaj throwing pebbles at the pillars

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AFTER RAMI OF DAY 3 & DAYS 4 & 5: 11th &12th Dhul Hijjah

Rest of the Hajj Rites. Rami will be done again on the 11th & 12th of all three Jamaraat

Final Rites of Sacrificing the Animal and Shaving the Head

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One Last Remaining Rite of Tawaafe Ziyaarah left.

Back to Makkah......





Tawaafe Widaa (Farewell Tawaaf) done before leaving Makkah

End of Hajj! May it be a Maqbool and a Mabroor Hajj for all who go!

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Some Old and Rare Pictures

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Note there is no forecourt in front of the Haram; cars are parked right in front of the Haram gate!

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Very Old Picture

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Haram 1889

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Ka'bah Cloth Change (1982)

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The Jamaraat

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Sa'ee (Marwah End) 1908

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Well of ZamZam 1908

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Adventurer's photos capture a bygone Makkah


Traveller Photographs Makkah in 1885

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Jabale Noor (Mountain of Light)

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Jabal al-Noor is located in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, just outside of Mekkah. Jabal al-Noor translates to “Mountain of Light.” Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) received his first revelation from Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) through Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) in the Hira cave which is on this mountain. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to climb this mountain often even before receiving his fist revelation from Allah (the Glorified and Exalted).




Cave of Hira

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The Cave of Hira is situated two miles away from the holy city of Mecca in Jabl al Nur. It is a small cave with about 3.5 meters long and 2 meters wide. The cave was Allah’s apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) place for mediation. It was in this cave that Angel Gabriel revealed the first divine revelation. Here Gabriel appeared for the first time to order him to read. However, his reply at that time was “ I cannot read” .


“Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who created, created man from a clot. Read! and your Lord is the Most bountiful, (he who taught) the use of pen taught man which he knew not.” (Al-Qur'an 96:1-3)






Jabale Thaur



It is in this mountain that the houses the cave where prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) stayed for three days and nights fleeing persecution from the Quraysh during their migration to Medinah. The mountain is at the southern end of Mecca and rises about 760 meters above sea level


Cave of Thaur

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During the Prophet’s migration (“hijrah”) from Makkah to Madinah with his companion, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him), they were being pursued by the Quraish who were attempting to harm him. The two hid in a cave in the mountain of Thaur for three days, until their pursuers had given up looking for them and returned to Makkah. Then, the Prophet and Abu Bakr continued their journey to Madinah.


It was narrated from Anas that Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them both) told him;


“I was with the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the cave, and I saw the footsteps of the ‘mushrikun’. I said, ‘O’Messenger of Allah, if one of them were to lift his foot, he would see us.’ He (peace be upon him) said, ‘What do you think of two people when Allah is the third one with them?’ ” [Al-Bukhari (4663)]

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Jannatul Ma'laa


The picture shows Jannatul Ma’la, the principle historical graveyard in Makkah which is located in a valley east of the Masjid ul Haram. Several members of the Prophet (s.a.w.)’s family (INCLUDING Khadeejah (Radhyallaahu 'nhaa)  and many Sahabah (r.a.) are buried here.It is the greatest graveyard after Jannatul Baqee in Madinatul Munawwarah.



(From Al-Miskeenah)

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An historic photo of how Mu’alla was before the demolition of the tombs. The main central tomb was of Ummul Mu’mineen Khadijah RadhiAllahu anha. Others known to be resting here include Abd Manaf, the great, great-grandfather, Hashim the great-grandfather, Abdul Muttalib the grandfather and Qasim the son of the our Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.


Another closer view of the tomb of Ummul Mu’mineen Khadijah RadhiAllahu anha

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The graves of the notable predecessors are

behind the green gate and grills

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while others are placed in walled areas

as such…quite different from Jannatul Baqee in Madinah 

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The Graveyard where Daughters were buried alive in the time of Jahiliyyah


It is situated outside the Haram in front of Bab-e-Fahad. It is under the bridge of the road leading to Jeddah. Small of small graves can clearly be seen in a four-walled compound. "Women's Guide to hajj and Umrah"



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Shayba Abee Taalib


It is situated close to the tunnels leading to MIna approximately 200 metres from Jaba-e-Qubais, where there is a small bus stand. At this place Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam took refuge for three years with the Believers during the Boycott.








  • When Islam began to spread the Makkans asked Abu Talib, the uncle and protector of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), to hand him over to them for execution but he steadfastly refused. Abu Talib acted fast and called on the members of Banu Hashim and Banu al-Muttalib to meet at the Ka’bah and convinced them to pledge that they would protect their clansman, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Abu Lahab, another of the Prophet’s uncles and self-proclaimed sworn enemy, refused to take the pledge and declared he was on the side of the Quraysh.
  • The Quraysh held a meeting and decided to outcast the Banu Hashim and Banu al-Muttalib by placing them under a total social boycott. The other clans from the Quraysh would not marry their daughters, transact business with them, keep company with them, nor would they accept any peace overtures from these two clans until they handed over the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Once all the people present had agreed with the points mentioned above, Baghid bin Amir bin Hashim put this pact in writing. The Quraysh chiefs signed this document and the parchment was hung in the Ka’bah in order to give it authority. This was done on the 1st Muharram, in the seventh year of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) mission. When the deed was done, Baghid’s hand, or at least some of his fingers, became paralyzed.
  • The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), along with Abu Talib and and clan memebers of Banu Hashim and Banu al-Muttalib were forced to withdraw from Makkah and live in She’b Abi Talib, which was a subsection of one of the gorges that ran down to Makkah.
  • The boycott was devastating and for many months they lived in misery. It was so rigorously applied and food was so scarce that they had to eat the leaves of trees. The women, and more specially the children and suckling babies would cry with hunger which could be heard all over the valley. The Quraysh told the merchants not to sell any goods to them. Prices were increased to prevent them from buying even essentials. They remained in that state for three years. Apart from some kind Qurayshi people who secretly sent food to them they were totally abandoned. Despite such grim circumstances, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) never ceased inviting non-Muslims to Islam. He was particularly active during the time of Hajj. It was at this time that he would speak to tribes that had travelled to Makkah from all over the Arab world.
  • A group of fair-minded Quraysh, led by Hisham ibn ‘Amr, hated this unfair boycott. Hisham was highly respected among his people. He contacted some men of the Quraysh whom he knew to be kind-hearted and considerate. He told them it was shameful to allow such tyranny to continue and asked them to abandon the unjust contract. When he had persuaded five men to agree, they met togather to work towards this end. When the Quraysh were assembled the next day, Zuhayr ibn Abi Umayyah, whose mother was the aunt of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), faced the people and demanded, “People of Makkah! Do we eat and clothe ourselves while the Banu Hashim are perishing, unable to buy or sell? By Allah, I will not sit down until this unjust document is torn up!”


  • Abu Jahal became suspicious of the sudden rebellion but Abu Talib saw his opportunity to step in. He had come into the precincts of Ka’bah to tell the Quraysh that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had received a revelation about the fate of the wicked parchment. He stood up, and facing the Quraysh, told them that Allah had revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) that termites had eaten the parchment inside the Ka’bah. The only thing that remained of the document, Abu Talib said, were the words “In Your Name, O Allah.” Abu Talib then challenged the Quraysh, saying that if the Prophet’s claim turned out to be false, he would no longer stand between them and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). However, if the Prophet had spoken the truth, the Quraysh should end the boycott. The Quraysh accepted Abu Talib’s challenge.
  • When Mut’im bin Adiy rose to retrieve the parchment, the assembly saw that it had been destroyed. Its only remaining words were “Bismika Allahumma” (In Your Name, O Allah) and Allah’s name. Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) had given the Quraysh yet another sign but once again they refused to admit their error and accept Islam. Their only concession was to end the boycott. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and his Companions came out of the mountain pass and were allowed to live in Makkah once again.

References:  When the Moon Split – Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Fazail-e-Aamal – Sheik Zakariyya Kandhalvi, Muhammad the last Prophet – Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi





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Birth Place of Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi waslallam

Behind Safaa and Marwah, approximately 25 metres from the main road is the birthplace of Rasulullah (S.A. W).
Currently a small library is situated on this place.




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From Al-Miskeenah


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I could hardly believe my eyes from the distance seeing the door open! Maghrib was approaching as I hurriedly tried running in the hope of being able to enter…


…inside, just to the right of the inner door sat two brothers…after discreetly taking this photo I indicated to them that I wanted to enter.Alhumdulillah one came to the entrance and was profusely apologetic and in broken English said that it was not his decision, but that of the Hukum that sisters were not permitted inside!




I too remember the deep disappointment I felt when I could not enter. I sat just behind the door while my husband entered the library. One of the brothers was kind enough to get me a couple of books to look at and one of them happened to be the atlas of biography of Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam! I bought the book later to bring home.....


Maybe they should have a time for sisters only....

(ummi taalib)

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Jabl-e-Abee Qubais

This mountain was directly opposite the Ka’aba close to Mount Safa.


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At present this large structure, adjacent to Mount Safa, is the location of Mount Abu Qubays. It is believed that it was from the top of this mountain that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) pointed to the moon and split it into half.


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Mount Abu Qubais (Prophet Ibraheem (AS) used stones from this mountain to build Kaaba, Prophet (SAW broke the moon into two while standing on this mountain.jpg

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Masaajid In & Around Makkatul Mukarramah

Information from "Women's Guide to Hajj & Umrah" by Mufti Muhammad Faruq



Masjid Al-Jinn


The site where the jinn heard Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallm reading the Qur'an


Masjid Jinn, also known as Masjid Haras, is built on the place where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) drew a line for Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) who had accompanied him after he had been commanded to recite the Qur’an to the Jinn.


  • Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates, “While in Makkah, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) once said to the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them), “Whoever wishes to see what the Jinn are all about should come along.” Besides myself no-one else came. When we reached the place in the Ma’la district of Makkah the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used his foot to draw a circle on the ground. He then instructed me to sit inside the circle. After proceeding a little further, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) started reciting the Qur’an. It then happened that Jinn started to arrive in troops as they gathered there. So many came that I could not even see the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) nor hear him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then continued talking with a group of them until Fajr, when he came back to me saying, “I have given them bones and dung as their provisions so you people should ensure that you never use bones and dung to clean yourselves after relieving yourselves.”” [Tafseer ibn Kathir] References:  The History of Makkah Mukarramah – Dr Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani





Masjid Al-Shajarah


This building is Masjid Shajarah (Masjid of the tree) and is located opposite Masjid al-Jinn. The Masjid marks the spot from where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) called a tree and it came to him. Note that this masjid is not to be confused with the masjid in Dhul Hulayfah which is sometimes referred to by the same name.





Masjid Ar-Ra'yah


On the Conquest of Makkah, Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam embedded the flag of Islam at this place. It is situated on the way to the Graveyard of Jannatul Ma'laa.




Masjid Al-Aisha / Masjid Al-Tan'eem


The Ihram of Umrah is worn at this place by the people of Makkah. It is approximately three miles north of Makkah. It is also called Masjd Al-Tan'eem.


During Hajjatul Widaa, Aisha could not perform her Umrah after coming into Ihram due to menstruation. She mentioned it to Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam who instructed her to leave the Iram of Umrah by combing the hair. AFter Hajj she was told to go to Tan'eem with her brother and perform the missed Umrah.


Masjid Tan'eem in 1908

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Masjid Az-Zeetowa

On the way to Tan'eem in the state of Ihraam, Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam stopped at this place




Masjid Al-Ijabah






Masjid Al-Khaif (Mina)



Masjid Al-Khaif in 1908

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Masjid al-Nimrah


On the outskirts of Arafat and most of it is within the boundry of Arafah.




Masjid Al-Masha'ril Haram (Muzdalifah)


After leaving Arafat on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, Maghrib and 'Isha Sallat are performed together in this Masjid




Masjid Al-Bay'at Aqabah


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This Masjid is just before the big Jamarah, on the left hand side when going towards Mina.




This Masjid, in Mina commemorates the spot where the Ansar of Madinah pledged their allegiance to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in the year 621 A.H. The group included leaders of the Aws and Khazraj tribes of Madinah and were twelve in number. The second such pledge called the second Aqabah pledge (Bay’ah Aqaba Thaaniya) took place the following year, the thirteenth year after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) proclaimed his Prophethood.


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It was built in the year 144 AH by the Abbasid Caliph Abu Jaafar al - Mansur. The Masjid remained hiding behind the mountain until after the new expansion of Mina and the removal of the mountain to make way for pedestrians and bus routes.


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Waadi Muhassar




Waadi Muhassar is a place between Mina and Muzdalifah; it is here that Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) destroyed Abraha and his army of elephants. This incident in mentioned in Surah Feel. It is sunnah for Hujjaj (pilgrims) to walk briskly pass this area as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) did as it was a place of punishment from Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He).(Islamic Landmarks.com)

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Waadi Al-Muhassab


It is Mustahab (desirable) for pilgrims to stop at Al-Muhassab after leaving Mina. It is in Makkah on the way to Mina and it is where Allah's Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam stopped.


Narrated Al-Qasim bin Muhammad (RA): ' Aisha (RA) said, "We set out with Allah's Apostles in the months of Hajj, and (in) the nights of Hajj, and at the time and places of Hajj and in a state of Hajj. We dismounted at Sarif (a village six miles from Mecca). The Prophet () then addressed his companions and said, "Anyone who has not got the Hadi and likes to do Umra instead of Hajj may do so (i.e. Hajj-al-Tamattu) and anyone who has got the Hadi should not finish the Ihram after performing ' Umra). (i.e. Hajj-al-Qiran).


Aisha (RA) added, "The companions of the Prophet () obeyed the above (order) and some of them (i.e. who did not have Hadi) finished their Ihram after Umra." Allah's Apostle () and some of his companions were resourceful and had the Hadi with them, they could not perform Umra (alone) (but had to perform both Hajj and Umra with one Ihram). Aisha (RA) added, "Allah's Apostle () came to me and saw me weeping and said, "What makes you weep, O Hantah?" I replied, "I have heard your conversation with your companions and I cannot perform the Umra." He asked, "What is wrong with you?' I replied, ' I do not offer the prayers (i.e. I have my menses).' He said, ' It will not harm you for you are one of the daughters of Adam, and Allah has written for you (this state) as He has written it for them. Keep on with your intentions for Hajj and Allah may reward you that." Aisha (RA) further added, "Then we proceeded for Hajj till we reached Mina and I became clean from my menses. Then I went out from Mina and performed Tawaf round the Ka'ba."


Aisha (RA) added, "I went along with the Prophet () in his final departure (from Hajj) till he dismounted at Al-Muhassab (a valley outside Mecca), and we too, dismounted with him." He () called ' Abdur-Rahman bin Abu Bakr (RA) and said to him, ' Take your sister outside the sanctuary of Mecca and let her assume Ihram for ' Umra, and when you had finished ' Umra, return to this place and I will wait for you both till you both return to me.' " ' Aisha (RA) added, ' ' So we went out of the sanctuary of Mecca and after finishing from the ' Umra and the Tawaf we returned to the Prophet () at dawn. He () said, 'Have you performed the ' Umra?' We replied in the affirmative. So he announced the departure amongst his companions and the people set out for the journey, and the Prophet too left for Medina.'' [bukhari]


Nowadays, the conveyance of Motor Lorries is not usually in one's own control. It is therefore very difficult to stay anywhere on the way. As such, there is no harm if due to this helplessness one does not stay at Al-Muhassab


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Daarul Arqam




This area, at the foot of Mount Safa was the approximate area where Daarul Arqam (The house of Arqam) was located. It was here in the initial period of Islam that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) secretly preached Islam.


The house belonged to a Sahabi named Arqam bin Abu Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him). For some time after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) proclaimed his Prophethood, this house was the secret centre of propagation. It was here that the Muslims gathered to perform salat and to learn about Islam. As it was a short walk away from the Ka’bah and its bustling crowds, the pagans who lived nearby did not take notice of the many people who used to gather here.

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House of Khadija  (may Allah be pleased with her)




This is the approximate region, outside the Marwah exit, where the house of Ummul Mu’mineen Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) was located. It was here that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) lived from the time of his marriage to her until he emigrated to Madinah.




House of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him)




This is the approximate place where the house of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was located in Makkah and from where Hijrah to Madinah commenced. It is in the Makkah Towers Hotel block, where a masjid (Masjid Abu Bakr) has been built on the 4th floor.

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Darun Nadwah




This photo, which is north-west of the Ka’bah, shows the approximate place where the Darun Nadwah (Assembly House) was located. The house functioned as a house of parliament for the Quraysh and it was from here that they plotted to kill the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Note that this area is located in the new expansion project of the Haram.

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House of Abu Jahal




This spot, just outside the present Masah is believed to be the approximate location of the house of Abu Jahal. Abu Jahal was a relative of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and one of the worst enemies of Islam. He was described by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) as the ‘Fir’awn’ of this Ummah.


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