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Hajj - Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia With Breathtaking Images and Map

Updated on September 24, 2014
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Gous Ahmed is a passionate writer especially in subjects concerning the religion of Islam. Working as an advisor and writing part time.

Mecca (Makkah in Arabic) is the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him). It is the place where millions of people go for their yearly Hajj and Umrah (pilgrim) which is part of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is compulsory for every muslim to be carried out before they die.

Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia which you can see in the picture below. Mecca is the centre of the muslim world and is visited by muslims from all over the world.

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Beautiful view of the Ka'ba
Beautiful view of the Ka'ba
Map of Saudi Arabia with location of Mecca
Map of Saudi Arabia with location of Mecca

Breathtaking Images of Makkah in Saudi Arabia

An amazingly breathtaking image of Makkah in Saudi Arabia from the top of the Royal Clock Tower.
An amazingly breathtaking image of Makkah in Saudi Arabia from the top of the Royal Clock Tower.

For the most beautiful and breathtaking images of Mecca and the Masjid al-Haram, you have come to the right place. Masjid al-Haram means The Sacred Mosque in English, and it is the biggest and greatest mosque in the world. There are so many mosques all over the world, but not as beautiful or magnificent as this mosque.

The city of Mecca surrounds the Ka'ba (literally means cube) which is the holiest place in Islam. Muslims face the Ka'ba when offering daily prayers, and the direction to offer the prayer is called qiblah which shows the unity of all muslims who worship one Allah (God).

One of the most important things to remember about the Ka'ba is that the whole muslim nation face towards it when they pray five times a day from anywhere in the world.

Temporary Mataf in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Temporary Mataf in Makkah
Temporary Mataf in Makkah
Beautiful and bright Masjid al-Haram
Beautiful and bright Masjid al-Haram

Masjid al-Haram was built before mankind by angels, according to Islamic tradition. Allah ordained a place of worship on earth to reflect the house in heaven which is called al-Baytu l-Ma'mur, meaning "The Worship Place Of Angels". After it was built floods and storms destroyed and damaged it, finally it was rebuilt by Prophet Ibrahim and His son Ishmael (peace be upon them both). They were ordered by Allah to build the Masjid al-Haram and the Ka'ba.

Near the Eastern corner of the Ka'ba is where the Black Stone is located, The Black Stone is a muslim relic which dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. Many people who go to do Hajj try to kiss the Black Stone during the Tawaf ritual to emulate the kiss that it received from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Black Stone Which Is Kissed By People on Hajj To Rid Of Sins
Black Stone Which Is Kissed By People on Hajj To Rid Of Sins

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:

"I have not seen a single thing which makes a person free from want (financially secure) quicker, nor which is more effective in removing poverty, than continuously performing Hajj (year after year)."

Alhamdulillah! This is such an amazingly beautiful saying from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which is so broad and inspiring.

Muslims on Pilgrim in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Ogun Pilgrims at Mount Jabalithaor one of the holy sites in Makkah
Ogun Pilgrims at Mount Jabalithaor one of the holy sites in Makkah | Source
The Ka'ba in the annual clean up, which is why it is surrounded by Arabian Police.
The Ka'ba in the annual clean up, which is why it is surrounded by Arabian Police.

The Inside of The Kaba

Below is a diagram of inside the kaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The entrance to the Kaba is next to the Hajr Aswad which is the Black Stone located to the East corner of the kaaba. It is believed that whoever asks Allah (God) for anything between the Hajr Aswad and the Door of the Kabah, Allah will answer their prayers, guaranteed. Subhanallah!

Al Hajarul Aswad, known in English as "the Black Stone", is located in the Kaba's eastern corner, as mentioned above. Its northern corner is known as the Ruknul Iraqi, in English known as "the Iraqi corner", its western as the Ruknu Shami (Syria), in English known as "the Levantine corner", and its southern as Ruknu Yamani known in English as "the Yemeni corner".

There is a magnificent scientific element to the exact location of the Kaaba, which is shown in a video below. Please view it very attentively, as it is very interesting, yet an amazing thing which only Allah Subhana Wa Ta'la can comprehend.

As you can see from the diagram below, the Kaaba is a simple building yet fascinating. The Kaaba is covered with a black silk and gold curtain known as the kiswah, which is replaced annually during the hajj, and underneath that cloth are the four walls made of granite quarried from nearby hills.

Inside the Kaaba, the floor is made of marble and limestone. The interior walls are clad with marble halfway to the roof; The marble is inset with Qur'anic inscriptions. The top part of the walls are covered with a green cloth embroidered with gold Qur'anic verses. Caretakers anoint the marble cladding with scented oil, the same oil used on the Black Stone outside.

Inside of the Kaba as a diagram
Inside of the Kaba as a diagram
The Golden gate of the Kaaba
The Golden gate of the Kaaba

Entry to the Kaaba's interior is only permitted rarely for a small number of guests. The entrance is a door set 2m (7 ft) above the ground on the north-eastern wall of the Kaaba. In 1979 the 300kg gold doors made by the chief artist Ahmad bin Ibrahim Badr, replaced the old silver doors made by his father, Ibrahim Badr in 1942.

The Miracle of The Location of The Kaaba (MUST WATCH!!!)

The city of Mecca is closed to non-muslims because it is a very holy place and for worship. It is a very diverse city with people from many countries of the world and from all cultures and backgrounds. Up to 3 million people perform hajj in unison, and umrah is performed throughout the year (umrah is a lesser pilgrimage).

What brings all these people from all parts of the world together? It is Peace, Islam.

Hajj is compulsory upon every muslim person who is able bodied and who can afford to do it because it is part of the five pillars of Islam. If a muslims pilgrimage is accepted by Allah, all his sins are forgiven and he will enter Jannah (heaven) in the hereafter. The solid unity of hajj demonstrates every muslims submission to the Almighty Allah.

Millions of Muslims Doing Hajj in Makkah!

Amazing view in the day
Amazing view in the day
Beautiful image of the Masjid al-Haram in the night
Beautiful image of the Masjid al-Haram in the night
Millions of Muslims from all over the world in one place, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, carrying their pilgrim which happens once a year
Millions of Muslims from all over the world in one place, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, carrying their pilgrim which happens once a year
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A breathtaking view of the Kaba with the Royal Clock Tower in the backgroundMakam Ibrahim where the footsteps of the Prophet is preserved in.
A breathtaking view of the Kaba with the Royal Clock Tower in the background
A breathtaking view of the Kaba with the Royal Clock Tower in the background
Makam Ibrahim where the footsteps of the Prophet is preserved in.
Makam Ibrahim where the footsteps of the Prophet is preserved in.
Golden doors of the Ka'ba under the gold embroidered cloth
Golden doors of the Ka'ba under the gold embroidered cloth

Non-muslims are not allowed in the city of Mecca, as it has been mentioned above. The reason behind this is because of the Saudi Arabian law which supports a verse from the Quran:

“O you who believe! The Mushrikeen (idolaters) are (spiritually) unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year; and if you fear poverty then Allah will enrich you out of His grace if He please; surely Allah is Knowing Wise.”

Many non-muslims have tried to enter the city using fake identity, and some were successful in the past. Many people are very curious of the goings on inside the city of Mecca. The live hajj pilgrimage can be seen on television nowadays, so people who are curious can see exactly what happens from the comfort of their own home.

Muslims in Hajj

I hope the above information about Masjid al-Haram has been knowledgeable to you and interesting at the same time. I have really enjoyed putting this article together about the most beautiful building on earth, and it is not just a building, it is the House of Allah for all Muslims of the world to go and pray if Allah wishes.

I know the pictures are breathtaking, but they don't finish there. Below is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL of them all. This is the one i really love because of the magnificent aerial view, so bright and beautiful!

This image of the Masjid al-Haram is overwhelming
This image of the Masjid al-Haram is overwhelming

 Abu Hurairah (Radhiallaho anha) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"(The performance of) `Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous `Umrah; and the reward of Hajj Mabrur (i.e., one accepted) is nothing but Jannah.''

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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      pranav 19 months ago

      it seems the black stone at the corner of Kabbah, is Parvatee the Base of 'Shivlingam" or the symbole of feminine deity.

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      Gulam ali khan 2 years ago

      Subhanallha yaa allha humein bhi ek baar Hajj ata farma aamin summa aamin yaa allha mere abbu ko jannat ata farma

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      sowad 2 years ago

      GLORY TO BE ALLAH.HAY ALLAH PLEASE HELP ME IN EVERY STEP OF MY LIFE

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      Gul Khitab 3 years ago

      Hay Allah Tabarak Tahallah show me thsese seens onece again in pritically. Ameen.

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      mohammed azeem 3 years ago

      can anyone pls tel me what is the top of kabba made of..???

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      mohammed munsur 3 years ago

      সুবাহানঁআললা

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      Dr.Mujahid 3 years ago

      Masha allah ....... beautiful snaps ...... jazak allah

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      Muhammad usman 4 years ago

      i want to see macca

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      umair bajwa 4 years ago

      nice

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      waskuzzaman 4 years ago

      need a jobs in makka masjid

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      Gous Ahmed 4 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you for reading!

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      dyas 4 years ago

      thankyou verymuch about information and picture from you

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      Gous Ahmed 5 years ago from Muslim Nation

      It depends on what you use your computer i think, but the best thing to do is to ask your local Masjid's imam who will be able to answer it for you. If you can't ask him then you can tell a male person to ask on your behalf.

      My personal opinion is that it is acceptible if you use the computer for anything other than to listen to music, watch dance videos, watch or look at inappropriate pictures or videos.

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      Aaliyah 5 years ago

      can i use the Kaaba as a background for my computer or is it wrong and disrespectful?

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      Amadu Yahya Sow 5 years ago

      wish and pray that one day i will be there for that beautiful gathering to performed best of all as a muslin.

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      Tamim 5 years ago

      This is the beautiful masjid of the greatest allah. Insha allah i can go.

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      muslimah 5 years ago

      mashAllah being able to touch the kaba and even kiss the black stone was amazing,Meccah is an amazing place and i pray every muslim is able to visit meccah and fufill the duty of a muslim(inshallah)

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      SALLY AUSTRIA 5 years ago

      VERY GREAT.

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      ebrahim 5 years ago

      does anyone know where i can purchase the original oil which is put on the haram

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      Usman Afzal 5 years ago

      Fantastic and Terrific nothing anything comparable with Makkah in the world. I suggest if anybody have facility for going to Makkah that must be go there when he see the Kabbah he/she feel very well. Nobody see that feeling in any place in world.

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      Gulbeen 5 years ago

      Insallah I will go to this wonderful place one day all of us!!!! I love everything about these pictures and videos.

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      Mohammad Bashir 5 years ago

      Alhamdulilah! thank u God for giving me the opportunity to be there

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      Kuthuputheen 5 years ago

      Allah

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      Azmat 5 years ago

      Asks! I am really thankful to all of you because of whome i become able to see these places."jazakalla", pray for me so that God forgive me He might be angry with me iam a sinner. Please if possible remember me in your prayers. its my requesr. thanx

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      Fuad biliamin 5 years ago

      This is an amazing place. In shall ALLAH i want to be there too with family and my head teacher at my school.

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      razwan rashid 5 years ago

      aslam alaqum

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      naz 5 years ago

      been there this year for hajj was very amazing it was a story not to forget

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      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      Those view are really amazing. Subhanallah. As a muslim I want to go there.

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      Mahalakshmi 6 years ago

      amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Gull Rose 6 years ago

      Mashallah nice place

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      Riaz Majeed 6 years ago

      Not seeing before like this beautiful places

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      Nasir khan 6 years ago

      its a very great place for everyone...

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      mohd yameen 6 years ago

      very nice work