Masjid Al Haram
When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
MeccaThe Great Mosque Masjid al-Haram can accommodate up to Four Million People & covers approx 400,800 square meters equal to 99 acres with the outdoor and indoor praying space. Every year new construction is made to accommodate more pilgrimages. Non Muslims are not permitted to enter Mecca. Pilgrims use the courtyard to perform the ritual circumambulation of the Kaʿbah, known as the tawaf.
The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the Pillars of Islam; Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are. The direction from the location of the person who prays to the Kaaba is called the Qibla.
The Great Mosque includes significant sites!
• HAJR E ASWAD - Black Stone
• Maqam Ibrahim
• Safa and Marwah
• Zamzam Well
Pilgrims travelling to Hajj should be free from all debts and can support their family during their absence. He should be financially capable of taking the tour. It is one of the five pillars of Islam alongside Shahadah(faith), Salah(prayer), Zakat(charity), Sawm (fasting during Ramadan), and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah). Those Muslim who fulfill these conditions are called mustati and financially capable of performing Hajj is call istita'ah.
Hajj pilgrims require to circumambulate seven times around Kaaba in a counter clockwise direction the Tawaaf,it is also performed by pilgrims during the Umrah.
• First rites of Hajj is entering ihram crossing the outer boundaries of Mecca, called Miqat: entails wearing plain garments - two unstitched cloths for men, or loose-fitting clothing for women. Pilgrim should follow certain rules such as not getting angry or engaging in sexual activity.
• Head to Mina: It is the tent city where the pilgrims spent time in prayer and remembering Allah.
• Collect pebbles at Muzdalifah.
• Throw stones at the pillars.
• Final days in Mina.
Hajj is associated with the life of Islamic Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, of the 7 century, but Mecca significance is traced back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim Alaihis Salam.