The Makkah Experience

Masjid Al Haram

Makkah (Mecca), the Holy Land of the Muslims, the birth place of Islam is situated in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was in the beginning of the 7th Century AD, when Islam was born as an inspiration of a single individual, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)… Monotheism is the essence of Islam. There is only one God and Mohammad is the prophet (the last).

Mohammad established a religious power based in Madinah where he retrested some time in 622 AD. As the merchants of Makkah looked upon him as a dangerous radical with his monotheistic belief, in Madinah religious beliefs were more fluid and less strained. But Makkah was the center of religion in Arabia. Mohammad led his army to Makkah, captured the city, and became Makkah’s undisputed leader. Every victory rendered his claims to be God’s messenger as credible.

The religious day was set on Friday to distinguish the holy day of Islam from Judaism (Saturday) and Christianity (Sunday). A black, glossy stone known as the Hajar Ul Aswad had been sanctified for more than 100 decades as the most religious object in Arabia. It is believed that the Hajar Ul Aswad is a meteorite burned through the atmosphere in some distant era which landed in the Arab desert.

Long before, Makkah was a pilgrim-destination. Visitors pay homage to the Hajar Ul Aswad. Today, this black stone is known as the Ka’bah, Islam’s holiest icon in its temple, the Great Mosque of Makkah, Masjid Al Haram…

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