New Look of Makkah….

Salam, Have you gotten this email of an extreme makeover of Makkah? Word has it that this will be the new look within a few years. Do you believe it? This is pretty strange, Saudi Arabia gotta chill yo, islam yo. Feels like the spirit of hajj is disappearing, Also check out this article here which talks about the major renovation which is set to be done.

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17 Responses to “New Look of Makkah….”

  1. Baba July 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm #

    Salaam. Why do you say the spirit of Hajj disappearing? Can you qualify that? I was there last year and dang if the Spirit wasn't there with a huge capital S. Just because the Saudis are furiously building marble palaces around the Ka'aba and even razing ancient sites doesn't mean that Allah's House isn't an enormous nuclear fusion reactor of Baraka. They have to deal with the teeming millions of pilgrims somehow. I don't envy them as it is one of the toughest logistical endeavors in the world. It's easy to hate on the Saudis, and they certainly deserve their fair share of criticism for promoting this DIY nonsense that is Salifism, but modernizing the facilities around the Masjid Al Harem is something that willy-nilly has to be done. It could be said that they are perhaps making it look too opulent, but when you are there you can see how ridiculous any human attempts at grandeur are in the face of the energy and presence exuding from the Ka'aba. Please don't just throw statements around like "the spirit of hajj is disappearring" like that when all you have seen pictures.

    I hope you can make Hajj as soon as possible, insha'allah. Wa'salaam.

  2. Fiaz July 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    dominos anyone??

    but seriously, we all understand the need for accomodating the Hujjaj. But why the heck make Mecca look like something out of UAE or New York. Why not keep Mecca as an old city like any other ancient city around the world? Put all the new high rise buildings in the desert lands around Mecca creating a greater Mecca. Transport in and out of the Old City could be serviced with Trams and not cars – lowering emsions and providing a cleaner and greener Holy Land.

    Allahu Aalim

  3. Farzana July 16, 2008 at 4:54 am #

    Actually I agree with the blogger and with Br. Fiaz.

    Baba – you seem to be missing the point entirely! Modernising the facilities around the Ka'ba is not the same as pomp, extravagance, immediate gratification and consumerism, which is exactly what the Saudis are currently engaged in. Years ago when people performed Hajj, they travelled for months and days, endured hardships and camped in tents in Makkah – that's what Hajj was about. Patience in the face of enduring hardship, striving hard to please Allah (swt), to obey him. Leaving their families to travel long distances, traversing dangerous highways. That was the spirit of Hajj!

    Now, when we go to Hajj we sit in 5* hotels (with western names like 'The Hilton'), fully air conditioned, kitted out with wireless internet access, sky TV and all the latest gadgets. You will not find a hotel in the vicinity of Haram sharif that is less than 5*. All the 3* B&B type accommodations have been moved to the outskirts. You also have the expensive hotel food at £10 just for breakfast alone, while the poor have to go without or travel further out just to get a cheaper meal.

    Do we need all this extravagance to do Hajj? is it necessary, or is it just another money making venture for the Saudis who are concerned that their oil is running out?

    How is a poor man from a third world developing country, who's currency is worthless in Saudi Arabia supposed to afford this kind of Hajj?

    I am all for modernising the facilities. But I am against this extravagance, pomp, gluttony, consumerism and fleecing the pilgrims of everything they have got. These are blameworthy things that our Prophet (saw) was against.

    The Umayyads and Ottomans both expanded the Haram Sharif to accommodate increasing numbers and needs the of pilgrims, but they left original features intact, whilst restoring them and it remained affordable for the poor. What the Saudis are doing now is completely defacing it and making it look like something out of Star Trek.

  4. MR July 16, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    I just blogged this too.

  5. guyanese_brnx_gyal94 July 16, 2008 at 5:47 pm #

    im in 4 dominos…lol.

    i went 2 hajj last year. im still missing it there, big time. that was an amazing experience.

    as for what i think about this, i suppose it is good for saudi's economy (not that those kings and princes need any MORE money my god). however, as farzana said, hajj is supposed to be about hardship and keeping faith. i know that even though we flew in from america, we ended up staying in a 2* hotel in mecca (5* in medina). we didnt get buses to alot of places and had to walk. it was hard i admit, but it all felt so good. it felt good to know that all this suffering was for Allah. i heard from some students studying over there that they are going to put up HOTELS at mina. i mean come onn. the whole point of mina is so that you can get the right feeling in there.

    overall, i guess SOME modernization is good. but dont go overboard trying to make pilgrims comfortable. they're coming for hajj after all, not coming for a summer getaway vacation that you see on tv.

    pce

  6. Hamed July 27, 2008 at 6:42 am #

    I do not like it one bit. I think we are copying the westerners in everything. This is becomming more like New york city or Dubi.

    Also, one thing about being there is to feel as close as possible the life of the profit. Technology is great. But again, let us remeber that this place reminds us with the day after. The gathering, the crowds, simplicity, and everyone wearing the same…..

    If the saudi is doing this to make things easier, I ask Allah to reward them for doing that. But please do not erase the identity.

  7. Doa August 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    [an excerpt from the hadith of Jibril (as)] SubhanAllah.

    “Now, tell me of the Last Hour,” asked the man.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “The one asked knows no more of it than the one asking.”

    “Then tell me about its signs,” said the man.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “That slave women give birth to their mistresses; and that you see barefoot, unclothed, beginning shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings.”

    • Anil February 15, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      There was a story in yesterday’s Drumbeat about the GCC grid, liinkng KSA/Bahrain/Qatar/Kuwait so far, and other nations in the area in the next few years as well. J Callahan and I chatted/graphed about the possible impact on KSA demand, which has that strong seasonal spike in the summer when everyone is turning on the A/C 24/7 and they’re dumping crude oil into the boilers: My graph shows decreasing YOY demand, suggesting that the interties are doing their thing. Will be interesting to see what happens this summer.

  8. Riyanto October 22, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Salam

    do you know, where we must open the web address the plan of makka renovation update?

    Jazakullah

  9. yunus April 25, 2009 at 4:47 am #

    assalaam all

    i went to hajj and really enjoyed

    on first day i had an agument with the tour operater because he did not fulfil his promuse

    however as soon as i saw the kaabah,everything was forgotten and i hardly spent any time at the hotel

    however regarding the modernisation it shouk

    not affect the holy place,

    every year it was on the news criticising the muslims hajj that many people died during the stoning of the devil and people saw this as o what will happen to me? or non muslims used to mock atus

    now it shut their mouth ,and even before the renovation they used to hav documentreis saying about the bad condition of the hotels but now that has gone and now they rtalikng of oil bshortages????????

    where did that comne from?

    if that was the case why are rthey after saudi countries

    oil is a natural source which allah has given in abundanceto the saudis and will never run out

    and as for water there is worldwide water shortage but the zam zam will never run out .im trying to say we do need to stay with the times and progress

    wecannot simply say it is hajj so lets go on horsres

    u will never make it as we need to stay with the tech thus we use planes,

    we have ac in our cars

    previous kings who had millons could not jhave ac

    all this is from allah it is his blesings naimat andwe should take it and thank allah and pray the may allah give more barkat to the muslim countries so that the west and the peoplew who are jealous shut up..

  10. south africa May 23, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Salaam

    I will agree with some of the bloggers,Every religion seem to have some sense of the word sacred.What a religion regards as sacred can go a long way in helping one undersatnd of what we as a muslim regards as sacred. The Kabaah is s sacred place for all Muslims. Today the Saudies little realize the historical significant of these places and holy persons associated with them. Perhaps they cannot be bothered to reflect and ponder upon the importance in defining the identity of the umma. Alternately the history of the holy sites that are now being destroyed to make way for the morden buildings are dismissed as folktales and the backwards belief of the misguided individuals. When I went for Hajj in the year 2000 I could visit all the sacred places and share in the feeling and sacredness of the silent. But today as you see the hardliners had taken a drastic measures its patrimony is threatened by the spread of hotels and other morden conveniences , keeping peace with economic growth and pilgrim traffic. This should not result in the destruction of the sacred places or holy sites eg of such places was the Prophets (SAW)House This use to be the custom of the learned before the rise of wahabi movement to reguarly visit these sites for respects another example is the house of sayyidina Kadija which was also completly destroyed Why to make way for a hotel And above it is now built a public toilet. Its sad sad sad. I mean this is the house is where the our Nabi ( SAW) stayed where his daughter whom he lived so dearly was born. But alas it to excavations to find this house with its foundation buried underground. So yes I do agree with the first person who is feeling and sharing the same sentiments as I do.

  11. moid ansari September 1, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Archaeologists ???????????????

    New face of Makkah ! I am amazed at the development taking place around our Holy Land. I am concerned thou. Did the Saudis hire any archaeologists before the digging all around the holy Kaa'ba ? Anyone has the scoop ? This is like ancient Egypt where every rock tells a story. Do we have Makkah-ologists like Egyptologist ? Did we loose part of our history in the dig ?

    Please tell that the Saudis believe in archaeologists !

  12. Amirah Aziz December 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    I think the Sauds won't give a damn. They are usurpers anyway. Why would they care? Where goes the money which they get from pilgrims? If the estimated amount of money were given to Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew would have used it to develop the country (though I don't know what else there is to be developed)

  13. Zaid Hydi December 15, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    Assalamualikum bros n sisters,

    All I want to say to view this video n learn lesson from our gr8 Sahabi Abu Darda Ra

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TI6ssbTs_E

  14. Zaid Hydi December 15, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    Assalamualikum bros n sisters,

    All I want to say to view this video n learn lesson from our gr8 Sahabi Abu Darda Ra

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TI6ssbTs_E

    Quran says:

    You dislike something while it is good for you; … you and that you like a thing which is bad for you.

    Allâh knows but you do not know

    May Allah guide us all

  15. joshi August 4, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    May Allah guide us all

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