outside masjidil haram

When pilgrims go to Masjidil Haram, most of their time is spent inside the mosque – performing tawaf, saie, solat and reading Quran. Not much attention is given to the outer part of the mosque. That’s totally understandable. Considering the limited amount of time pilgrims have in Makkah, it’s best to spend it in the mosque. But if you have time to go shopping, why not spare some to check out the mosque’s beautiful exterior?

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!


susumanis said...

love tiz N3 dieya, something different, pi sana pun kak su x perasan semua ni..hihi, selamat berpuasa lillahitaala daling :))

Lelord said...

bila la nak sampai sini...insyaallah

JaJa'Z said...

maktabah = perpustakaan..heheh

dieya said...

kak su,
thanks sis, seronok jln2 kat kawasan luar Masjidil Haram. dok pegi balik hotel-masjid tengok jalan sama je kan, sesekali tengok area lain pula. selamat berpuasa to u too!

k lela,
inshaAllah, moga k lela sefamily cepat sampai ke sana. dah dekat dah dari doha tu.. kalau naik keta pun boleh kot?

k jaja,
mashaAllah.. ente banyak pandai lah! :-D

Hjh Noralenna Abbas said...

Sebelum pembangunan dimekah, akak pernah duduk di apartment just across the masjid. Lintas jalan aje! Those were the days.....

Mamamya said...

seronok baca pengalaman dieya kat sana & berdoa mudah2an akak n family diberi peluang merasai sendiri pengalaman indah di kota suci mekah...insya'allah..aminn.

Shue said...

this is so wonderful! menariknya pengalaman you lalui di Tanah Suci.
Selamat berpuasa..

take care

dieya said...

aunty nora,
skrg ni across the masjid ada banyak kedai, big malls, upscale hotels. u were so lucky to have experienced that, skrg ni harga hotel tu.. mak ooi.. silap2 boleh byr umrah lagi sekali.

k lieya,
inshaAllah, moga2 k lieya sekeluarga akan sampai ke sana tak lama lagi :-)

thanks babe, glad u enjoy reading em! selamat berpuasa to u too!

dyanna said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pink abaya!!!
Nuff said. Heh.

All the pics you've posted inspires me to want to visit the Holy land and house of Allah. Honestly speaking, a few years back I had doubts and feel scared of going there, coz you know.. stories read from Mestika could sometimes gives me the chills. Thinking abt my sins and lack of good deeds, who knows what sort of scary 'payment' awaits me there.
Sounds silly right? However, now I know that Allah is Most Merciful ans He will not leave His servants if they repent and asks for forgiveness.

Thanks for sharing your valuable experience :)

dieya said...

thanks babe! :-D
you know what, it doesn't sound silly at all. i had the same doubts before i went for this trip. just remember, as long as you have a good heart, everything will be fine. Allah knows the true you.
no problem, glad you enjoy reading em!