Masjid Al Haraam – The most Expensive building on Earth

The Great Mosque of Mecca, Masjid Al Haram is on the top of the list of most expensive buildings in the world. The total cost of its construction is $100 billion. It can accommodate up to four million people in both its outdoor and indoor praying areas. It covers 400,800 square meters. It surrounds the holy Ka’ba and is also home to black stone (Hajr e Aswad) and Maqam e Ibrahim (Ibrahim’s place of standing). It is a sacred place for Muslims and non-Muslims are not allowed to enter

Hajj (الحج)

Hajj (حَج), is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and of supporting their family during their absence from home. In Islamic terminology, Hajj is a pilgrimage made to the Kaaba, the “House of Allah”, in the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah (oath to Allah & Muhammad “The messenger of…

Mauritius obtains additional visas for Hadj Pilgrimage 2023, announces Minister Teeluck

Mauritius obtained 150 visas for Hadj pilgrimage 2023 following the intervention of the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to the United Arab Emirates, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, in addition to the 1,500 visas already granted. The Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr Avinash Teeluck, made this announcement, at the seat of his Ministry in Port Louis on Friday 20 May 2023. The Minister highlighted that the basic package for the Hadj pilgrimage, which includes, amongst others, accommodation, has been reviewed to…

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal (Crown of the Palace), is an ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was commissioned in 1631 by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan(1628–1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally…

Dubai

Dubai:City in the United Arab Emirates  Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. From luxury hospitality and cutting-edge architecture to world-class shopping, culture and nature, Dubai is the best of the best.  

Jabar Noor

Jabal an-Nour (جَبَل ٱلنُّوْر,), Mountain of the Light’ or ‘Hill of the Illumination’) is a mountain near Mecca in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. The mountain houses the grotto or cave of Hira’ (غَار حِرَاء, Cave of Hira’), which holds tremendous significance for Muslims throughout the world, as the Islamic prophet Muhammad is said to have spent time in this cave meditating, and it was here that he received his first revelation, which consisted of the first five ayats of Surah Al-Alaq from the angel Jibra’il (as is pronounced in certain Quran recitation schools and some Arab tribes; also known as Gabriel). It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Makkah.…

Jabal al-Thawr (Mount Thawr)

Jabal Thawr is a mountain in Saudi Arabia, located in the lower part of Mecca to the south of the district of Misfalah. The height of the mountain is 750 m.   Jabal al-Thawr (Arabic: جبل ثور) is the mountain containing the cave in which the Prophet (ﷺ) and Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) sought refuge for three days and nights from the Quraysh. This occurred when they secretly left Makkah to emigrate to Madinah.

Clock Tower

The Abraj Al Bait, also known as the Clock Towers , is a  complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that aims to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, which is the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, is the fourth-tallest building and sixth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The clock tower contains the Clock Tower Museum that occupies the top four floors of the tower.

Why is Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem so important to Muslims?

Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem is the third Holiest site on the face of this planet for Muslims. It’s sanctity is so important in Islam that it is in fact mentioned by name in the Quran. Below is a  list of its importance to Muslims around the world. It is the third Holiest site after the two Holy Sanctuaries in Makkah and Madinah. 2. It was the second house of prayer established on earth, built 40 years after the Kaaba in Mecca.) 3. It was the first Qibla (direction of…

Al-Masjid an-Nabawi

Al-Masjid an-Nabawī ( ٱلْمَسْجِد ٱلنَّبَوِي‎, lit. ‘mosque of the Prophet’), known in English as the “Prophet’s Mosque”, is the second mosque built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in Medina, after that of Quba, as well as the second largest mosque and holiest site in Islam, after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, in the Saudi region of the Hejaz. The mosque is located at the heart of Medina, and is a major site of pilgrimage that falls under the purview of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The current structure dates back to the early years of 1990s. The Prophet’s mosque is a place known to every true believer of Allah SWT and the…