|So come with me for a tour outside Masjidil Haram!|
|One of the entrances to the massive complex that needed no introduction.|
|It was early in the morning. Maintenance work was going on...|
|...and some major cleaning activities too.|
|Security force marching in for duty.|
|The mosque’s floor plan.|
|Amazing architecture. A glimpse of the signature clock on the top of Abraj Al-Bait Towers could be seen in the background.|
|The saie complex, consisting of three levels of saie tracks between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah.|
|Entrance to the basement level saie track.|
We walked all the way to the opposite end of the mosque towards a small building at the foot of a hill. It was Makkah Library. The site of the library was believed to be the birthplace of Nabi Muhammad SAW. However, signage on its wall said that there was no concrete evidence on this. Pilgrims were also advised not treat the library as a place of worship, as it would be against the religion to do so.
Having said that, we also heard a juicy story about the place. The mutawwif told us that there were efforts to demolish the library to make room for Masjidil Haram expansion project. But every time a bulldozer tried tear down the little building, its engine died. They changed bulldozer, the same thing happened. Mystery, eh?
|Makkah Library, located just outside the mosque’s compound.|
|Its entrance and signage. The place did attract a handful of visitors.|
|Please be duly advised.|
From the library, the vast amount of construction work within the vicinity of Masjidil Haram could be clearly seen. The skyscrapers surrounding the mosque were very much overshadowed by gigantic cranes working around the clock on the expansion project. If you were allergic to dust, it would be good to wear surgical mask whenever you go out.
|A partial view of the mosque and the ongoing work.|
|Two new minarets being added.|
|I could only imagine how challenging it must be for them to work under Makkah’s midday sun. May Allah bless them!|