|A sea of people leaving Masjidil Haram after Friday prayer.|
At night, after performing solat Isha, we took the chance explore within the walls of the great mosque. It was one really huge complex! Needless to say, the architecture was fantastic. Yet the thing that impressed me the most was its ventilation system. It must be a huge effort to ensure consistent flow of fresh air throughout the entire building. What made it even harder were (a) the weather was so hot, it could go up to 45 C and (b) it was an “open space” complex, allowing for limited air-conditioned area. As such, to feel the natural breeze of cool air blowing against my skin while I was sitting in the mosque was an utter amazement!
|On the stairs going down to the tawaf floor. Many people simply sat there looking at the Kaabah, because that alone would be rewarded with hasanah.|
|Men’s solat area at the upper floor, decorated with beautiful arches.|
|Women’s solat area, enclosed by golden partitions.|
|Drink zamzam water here. Choose the one labeled “not cold” if you want it at room temperature.|
|Hanging out at the upper floor balcony...|
|...enjoying the amazing view of Al-Haram.|