June 12, 2017

Umrah Ramadan : Masjidil Haram

Masjidil Haram is the largest mosque in the world. In the city of Makkah, it surrounds the Kaabah, our kiblat direction. Thus the mosque is considered as the holiest place on earth by Muslims.

It has undergone several renovations and expansion projects and the current one, King Abdullah expansion project is said to be completed by 2020.

Sharing some of the views of the Masjidil Haram cos I want to visit it again!! And I hope it can inspire you to visit as well :)

view from Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel

close up

Many cranes are placed around the mosque as the expansion project is on-going.

King Abdulaziz gate and King Fahd expansion area

King Fahd gate

Following photos are King Abdullah expansion area. I can say this area is rather lavish, just look at the chandeliers, marbles etc.

 The upper open area of Masijil Haram.

And then of course, there's Kaabah. I can watch it everyday and never get bored.

Everytime, people try to get closer to Kaabah and touch it. 

Close up on Kaabah's curtain detailing. 

It was sooo beautiful and smells sooo nice MasyaAllah! I don't want to wash my hand!! 

The closest I got to Hajar Aswad. So sooo crazy the people kept on pushing like mad. 

If you are performing saie during umrah or hajj, you don't have to go out from Masjidil Haram. The two hills, Safa and Marwah, and the walking area are now located inside the mosque. 

saie walking area

the hill

Surrounding building or hotels...

not sure what is this building

Abraj Al-Bait complex

Abraj Al-Bait complex & Hilton Suites Makkah

Can you see people rukuk inside Hilton Suites Makkah in below photo?

Seriously, I don't understand why they want to pray inside the hotel's praying hall when Masjidil Haram is right in front of them! I would rather go inside Masjidil Haram to look at Kaabah. Plus, you will get 100,000 more pahala by praying inside Masjidil Haram.

I guess they don't want to bersesak-sesak in the mosque. And you always have to go there early cos if you are late, you have to pray outside like these jemaah.

After buka puasa and terawih, rubbish was everywhere! :(

Praying everyday for a chance to visit the Holy Land again. 

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