A night view
100 years ago
At Mina - Satan Symbol
Mina - Indians
Medina - Prophet's Mosque
Medina - Prophet's tomb
The Great Mosque in Mecca. Masjid-al-Haram. Has more than 45 gates: Gate of
Salvation, Gate of the Sons of the Old Woman, Safa Gate, Gate of Peace etc. Has
about seven 90-metre tall minarets. The courtyard is about 160,000 sq. metres
surrounded by a two storey, arched colonnade or gallery.
About 300,000 people can pray in the mosque
simultaneously. The Ka'aba is located in the center of the courtyard.
The Zamzem spring-well, the Safa and Marwa hills are also located within
the precincts of the mosque. Flooring is of marble throughout.
The picture shows pilgrims are in the act of
circumambulation around Ka'aba. Both the lower and the upper floors are
used for this sevenfold, counterclockwise Tawaf. It finishes at the
point of the Black Stone - Hajar-al-aswad.
Ka'aba. Majestically standing cube-like building. Built with grey basalt
stone blocks. Not plastered. 50 feet long, 33 feet wide and 45 feet high.
Nothing inside. Dimly lit by gold and silver lamps.
walls are not usually in view. Always covered with gold-embroidered black cloth
(Kiswah). The Kiswah is made anew each year. The present building was
constructed slightly off the place where the previous one stood. A semi-circular
free-standing wall marks the previous perimeter. This picture indicates the
perimeter at the far left corner of the Ka'aba. The Hajr-al-aswad (the Black
Stone) is embedded in the eastern corner of the Ka'aba. The corner is on the
right in the picture and is not in view. I shall try to show it later in another
picture. The prayer at this spot is extremely rewarding.
of pilgrims: Some chant. Some weep. Some are dumb in contemplation. Some are
ecstatically indifferent to others and other activities. Some are dazed on
seeing the Ka'aba. Some tremble. Some shudder. Some sob. Some are in deep
feelings, in sweet tranquility and in ecstatic devotion.
was very familiar with the Ka'aba. I had studied it. I had studied its
background. I had seen a thousand pictures. And yet, the instant that I first
viewed it standing in front, I felt all the feelings mentioned above and shed
tears in silence. I could also see my wife in tears. It was an indescribable