Category Archives: Makkah

Makkah Gate

I had been waiting for this gate from the moment we got into the car heading towards Jeddah, after our Umrah three months ago.  This gate signifies the boundary of the haram area of the city of Makkah, where non-Muslims … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 7) – Masjid al Haram

  A part of the huge Masjid al Haram “The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: Full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings. In it are clear signs: the station of … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 6) – Makka al-Mukarrama

The people of Makkah were asleep when our bus entered its borders.  I checked the time: 1 am.  I thought, still drowsy from sleep, of having read a sign that said non-Muslims are forbidden to enter from this point onwards.  … Continue reading

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Umrah: (Part 5) – Mīqat, The Point Where It All Starts

Miqat is an Arabic word which literally means, ‘a stated place’.  This is the place where Muslims setting out to perform Umrah or Haj stop over to assume the state of Ihram.  Coming in from Madinah, our miqat was at … Continue reading

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