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Tall buildings in Makkah; a sign of Qiyamah



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Eight tunnels to ease traffic in Makkah




Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) is reported to have said:


“……When you see tunnels/canals being dug in Makkah Mukarramah and the buildings (of Makkah Mukarramah) higher than the peak of the mountains then know that Qiyamah is close.”

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, hadith: 14306)


 Al Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (May ‘Allah protect him) has classified the above hadith as sound (hasan) in his footnotes on Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, hadith: 14306.


Note: The narration in question is the recorded as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma ) and should be quoted as such.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Verified by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer

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Well of 'Asfaan (Or 'Usfaan)


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The well of Asfaan in which the saliva of our Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam became mixed

(from Nufoosh Paai Mustafaa)



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The well our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam spat in when on his way to Makkah with the intention of performing Umrah in 6th AH, which was subsequently aborted, leading to the Treaty of Hudaybiyah.






This is the sisters section of the Masjid in ‘Usfan where we prayed Asr, Allahu ‘Alum if it marks where Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam offered Salatul Khawf, but in its stark and dusty simplicity one felt enveloped in a cloak of blissful Barakah, SubhanAllah!




As desolate as the surroundings of ‘Usfan are, the sense of the noble presence of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum filled the air and was felt in the billowing dust and is certainly tasted in the cherished water that returned with us and is being shared around Madinatun Nabi


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Al-Kou' Masjid


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This Masjid is thought to be built on the approximate spot the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) stood when he first came to Al Taif. This Masjid was built by the end of the Ottoman era and has been recently renovated.


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Story of Suraaqa ibn Maalik RA


At the time of the Hijra (the migration from Makka to Medina), the Prophet (saws) and Abu Bakr were being chased across the desert. The Quraysh were pursuing them and had a bounty of 100 camels placed on the Prophet’s head.


Motivated by the large reward, one of the best trackers in Makka, Suraqa Ibn Malik, went riding on his horse looking for the Prophet (pbuh) every which way until he found him. Dressed in his armor and sword, Suraqa attempted to kill the Prophet but as soon as he would approach him, his horse would sink into the sand and not budge. He tried several times....


Read story....

Bracelets of Kisra.pdf



Well of Ja'raa' - Place where Suraaqa ibn Maalik RA accepted Islam


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Ajyad Fortress on the Bulbul Hill


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The Ajyad Fortress was built during the Ottoman era on the Bulbul Mountain overlooking the Haram in Makkah. It was demolished in  2002 for commercial development of the Abraj Al-Bait Towers.



The Ajyad Fortress in the background - 1889

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The Muezzins of the Grand Mosque

Last updated: Thursday, July 24,


Saudi Gazette report




Melodious voices chant the adhan (call for prayer) six times a day from the Grand Mosque — five for the daily prayers and once for the pre-dawn Tahajjud prayer. Recited by six different muezzins of the Grand Mosque who are considered to be the most talented and well-trained among all muezzins, tens of thousands of pilgrims — Makkawis and visitors alike — eagerly anticipate the Maghreb adhan, which announces the end of the day’s fast, and the Fajr adhan, which marks the beginning of the day’s fast.

The most prominent among the these muezzins, Sheikh Ali Mulla, is referred to as the “Bilal” of the Grand Mosque. He said the adhan is linked to the Grand Mosque forever because it is the House of God.

Mulla, who is the head muezzin in the Grand Mosque, explained how, prior to the introduction of microphones in the mosque, 24 muezzins used to raise the adhan from the minarets of the Grand Mosque so it could be heard in all parts of Makkah.

“During prayers, there were 15 muezzins who used to repeat after the imam. There was always one muezzin who was available as a backup in case one of the muezzins was absent. Also, there were three muezzins during Taraweeh prayers,” he told Makkah Daily.

The Grand Mosque’s caretakers used to calculate the times for adhan using a sundial, which was supervised and cared for by Al-Rayes family, until it was replaced by advanced scientific methods. “Currently, prayer times are determined according to a special clock in the Grand Mosque and by referring to the official Umm Al-Qura calendar. The most advanced and accurate means of recognizing prayer times have been adopted and implemented,” Mullah said.

As the head of the Grand Mosque’s muezzins, Mulla’s role is to organize a schedule for muezzins, taking into considerations their other life obligations and concerns. He is also the link between the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and muezzins. There is constant communication between muezzins and other Grand Mosque departments to monitor any entry of bodies for funeral prayers and to distinguish between bodies of men, women and children.

“Muezzins in the past were chosen according to the sonority of their voices, but nowadays, muezzins also have to memorize the Qur’an, have good manners and be responsible in carrying out their duties,” Mulla said.

He pointed out that muezzins also have important roles outside the Kingdom and recalled numerous occasions when he raised the adhan during the inauguration of a number of mosques in the US, Spain and lately in Gibraltar. He has also raised the adhan in Malaysia and a number of Arab countries, including Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

“Muezzins are assigned parking spaces next to the Grand Mosque that are open 24 hours a day, in addition to special passes issued by the traffic police to allow them easy access to streets around the Grand Mosque,” he said.

History professor Dr. Fawwaz Al-Dahhas believes that adhan in the Grand Mosque differs from all other mosques in Makkah and around the world. “The Grand Mosque used to have designated areas for the different Islamic schools of jurisprudence such as the Hanbali, Shafi’i, Hanafi and Maliki schools and each used to have their own muezzins,” he said.

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مسجد عائشة الراجحي


Masjid Aisha Al-Rajhi  - second largest Masjid in Makkah


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Location: (Muzdalefa Road/3th ring Road before Al-Taif Road detour) in Al-Naseem neighborhood
(south of Al-Azizeyyah and north of Al-Awali district) (Exactly at the eastern foot of Jabal Thawr "Mount Thawr")



- a large library

- conference hall

- fully equipped area for washing the dead

- 8 elevators and 8 escalators to reach its different levels

- control room to monitor the Masjid throughout with CCTV

- It has its own water treatment plants

- separate area for I’thikaf, with furnished rooms, central kitchen, dining room, individual lockers

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Masjid Jirranah


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Masjid Jirranah is situated approximately 24km north-east of Masjid Haram and is one of the places where pilgrims enter into the state of Ihram for the performance of Umrah. In the year 8AH the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) camped here for a few days after the Battle of Hunayn and entered into the state of Ihram and then proceeded to Makkah.


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The House of Khadijah

Prayer area for women over the House of Khadijah

مصلى للنساء فوق بيت السيدة خديجة

شهد الموقع التاريخي لبيت أم المؤمنين السيدة خديجة بنت خويلد رضي الله عنها، تطورا لافتا بعد أن تم قبل أيام إدخاله كاملا ضمن مساحة مصلى خصص للنساء وأحيط بسور منخفض من الرخام الأبيض في الساحة الشرقية للمسجد الحرام.


Google translation:

Witnessed the historic site of the house of the mother of believers Khadija girl Khuwailed God bless her, sophisticated pointing days after it has been fully inserted within the chapel space devoted to women and contoured low wall of white marble arena in East Grand Mosque before.


Excavation of the site of the House of Khadijah in 1989



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taken from muftisays.com

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Historic Al-Hudaibiya mosque to be rebuilt




JEDDAH: The historic Al-Hudaibiya mosque will be demolished and rebuilt by the Islamic Affairs Ministry and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) to reflect its significance in Islam.


The mosque was built on the site where the Prophet (peace be upon him) signed a peace agreement in 628 CE with the pagans of Makkah, which was called the Treaty of Hudaibiya. The area is on the western side of Makkah.


Mohammad Al-Reemi, supervisor at the ministry’s branch in Makkah, told the newspaper that there was an agreement with the SCTNH to preserve all ancient mosques and buildings in Makkah and Madinah. A study on the reconstruction has been completed, he was quoted as saying by an online publication recently.


Faisal Al-Shareef, director general of the SCTNH in Makkah, said an experienced engineering firm would be brought in to oversee the project using the latest scientific techniques and materials.


The SCTNH and the Al-Turath Heritage Foundation has completed the restoration of 21 mosques around the country. The SCTNH, at its 39th meeting recently, has also set up a project to restore other mosques in cooperation with the Islamic Affairs Ministry, to highlight their religious importance.


A study to revamp eight mosques has been completed. They are the Al-Baiah mosque in Makkah, and five mosques in the Sabaa Masajid area, which would be completed by the secretariat of Madinah. The Al-Memar and Al-Hanafi mosques in the old part of Jeddah would be restored with support from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.


Eighty-seven historic mosques in the Kingdom have been identified for restoration including four in Makkah, eight in Madinah, 14 in Riyadh, five in Qassim, 36 in Asir, six in Tabuk, six in Jazan, four in Najran and four in Baha.



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Pictures from Inside the Ka’bah


Yasser Ahmad who was fortunate to enter the Ka’ba on the 30th of May 2015 has posted some photos from inside the Ka’ba on his instagram account along with Arabic captions describing the photos (Taken from ilmfeed.com)


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There are lanterns hanging in between two pillars in the centre of the Ka’ba.



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This is the corner where the Rukn Al-Yamani is located on the outside.



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The calligraphy on the marble wall denotes the location the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed when he entered the Ka’ba.



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The marking on the floor shows the exact spot the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is thought to have prayed.

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بئر طوى - Well of Tuwa



Jarwal and the Well of Tuwa

Area where the Prophet camped before the conquest
of Makkah draws thousands of visitors


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JARWAL is one of Makkah’s famous districts and is distinguished for its rich heritage.

The well-known Tuwa well, where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reportedly took a bath the night before the conquest of Makkah, is located there. Many pilgrims visit the well every year as it is located along the road leading to the Grand Mosque.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) recently constructed a wall around the well to protect it from destruction.

Jarwal was popular in the past because of its traditional souk. A large number of Makkans used to visit this souk. There were wholesale and retail traders of various goods such as incenses, fruit and vegetables. It also housed the souk for fodder and seeds and a sheep market.

“A huge portion of this market has been shifted to Kaakiya,” said one resident.

However, a number of traders continue their business activities in Jarwal, especially the sale of pigeon feed. Some pilgrims and philanthropists pay these traders in advance to supply food for the pigeons regularly.

“Jarwal was a garden before it was turned into a residential district,” said Saleem Al-Otaibi while speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette. “It became famous after the vegetable market near the Haram was shifted there,” he added.

A large number of Bedouins used to visit the market to purchase their requirements of incenses, foodstuffs, coffee and cardamom, said Al-Otaibi.

“One of the oldest taxi stands in Makkah is located here and these taxis transported people to Jamoom and Wadi Fatima,” he pointed out.

Ahmed Alhaj, owner of a shop that sells bird feed, said the Jarwal market was famous even during his childhood. “I used to see a large number of people from Makkah and neighboring villages visiting this market,” he said, adding that pilgrims used to be the main customers.

“The shifting of the vegetable market from the vicinity of the Haram to Jarwal several years ago boosted the souk as a large number of traders moved to this market,” he added.

Dr. Fawaz Al-Dahas, professor of history and Islamic civilization at Umm Al-Qura University, said the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is believed to have taken a bath using water from the well in Tuwa the night before the conquest of Makkah in 630 AD.

“The Prophet issued orders to his forces staying at this place before moving toward the Kaaba. He divided the forces into two groups with Khaled Bin Walid leading one group,” Al-Dahas said.

The palace of Bin Sulaiman, who was finance minister of King Abdul Aziz, is located in Jarwal, which was known previously as Tuwa district.

Jarwal is situated close to the Grand Mosque. About 90 percent of its buildings are old while the rest are newly constructed residential towers that accommodate pilgrims.

“About 70 percent of Jarwal district was razed for the expansion of the Grand Mosque,” Al-Dahas said.

It also houses the Grand Mosque’s air conditioning units, power generators and a huge garbage treatment plant, in addition to a fuel and water storage facilities.

Abdullah Fareej Al-Subhi, a resident of Jarwal, criticized the Makkah municipality for handing over parking areas in the district to an investment company. “This has put us in an awkward situation. We have to pay the company even for parking cars near our homes,” he added.

Musaifer Al-Maabadi, who has been working as a taxi driver for 40 years in Jarwal, is worried about shortage of work. “I work from morning till evening and earn only SR100 these days,” he added.




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The well


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