The Makkah Collection

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Artist's impression showing the Prophet's [s] miracle of splitting the moon in two above Mt. Abu Qubais (Makkah)

Cemetery of Jannat al-Mualla in Makkah before it was demolished by King al-Saud

Jannat al-Mualla after demolition. The Prophet's [s] ancestors, Sayyida Khadija, Abu Talib and many other pious personalities are buried here

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Close up of Jabal Nur. At the top is the Cave of Hira

Jabal Nur

Cave of Hira (arial view). The Prophet [s] used to meditate in this cave frequently. The first Qur'an verse was revealed to him here.

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Entrance to the cave of Hira

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Jabal Rahmah with plains of Arafat in the background. Part of Hajj rituals is to spend a day here

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Plains of Arafat with Jabal Rahmah (the Mount of Mercy) in the middle

Mina. Stoning one of the three devils (jamaraat) - part of Hajj rituals

Crowd of cars and people at Mina

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Mina. Tents everywhere

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Mina. Animals for Sacrifice - Part of the Hajj rituals

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Mina. Crowd of people

Jabal ar-Rahmah (Mount of Mercy) at Arafat

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Birth place of the Holy Prophet [s]. The Saudi govt. have turned it into a library

On this mound once stood the house of the 4th Imam [a] in Makkah. He was here when he got the news that Mukhtar had killed Hurmala. That was the first time he smiled after Karbala. Behind this is the house where the Prophet [s] was born (see prev. pic.) This whole area was generally known as "Mahal-e-Banu Hashim". It is now called "Suq al-Layl"

The underground car park (built by the Saudi govt.) seen here is where the valley (shi'b) of Abu Talib was. In the early days of Islam, the Prophet [s] with his family and followers were isolated here by the Quraysh. To the left of this is the birth place of the Prophet [s] and behind the photographer are the gates to Safa-Marwa (Masjid al-Haram)

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Entrance to Maqbarah al-Mualla also known as "Jannat al-Mualla"

Inside Jannat al-Mualla. Behind the white wall where you see people standing is where the Prophet's [s] family members are buried i.e. Abu Talib [a], Abdul Muttalib [a], Sayyida Khadija [a], etc. Looking through the grilled windows on the wall, one can see a white rectangle on the ground (partially visible in the 2nd pic). This is the grave of Ummul Mu'mineen Sayyida Khadija [a], the wife of the Prophet [s] and mother of Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra [a]

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Masjid Hudaybiya. This is where the Treaty of Hudaybiya was signed and where the Meccan leaders asked the words in the treaty "Muhammad Rasulullah" to be replaced with "Muhammad bin Abdullah". This mosque is on the way to Jannat al-Mualla from Masjid al-Haram

Masjid Shajarah. Not to be confused with the Masjid Shajarah in Madina (Miqat), this is where the Prophet [s] camped when he was stopped by the Meccan leaders from performing Hajj. Thereafter the Treaty of Hudaybiya was signed. This mosque is a little further to the left of Masjid Hudaybiya when coming from Masjid al-Haram

Masjid Sulayman [a]. By the permission of Allah, Nabi Sulayman [a] had control over the jinn. It is believed he had imprisoned some jinn in a cellar below this mosque. This mosque faces the gate of Jannat al-Mualla.

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Masjid Jinn. The Prophet [s] was reciting the Qur'an here when a group of jinn passing by heard him. They were impressed and converted to Islam. A verse of the Qur'an in Sura Jinn narrates this incident.

Jabal Abu Qubays. The building facing Masjid al-Haram that you see here is the palace of the King of Saudi Arabia. Before, this was the Mount of Abu Qubays. After building the Ka'aba, Nabi Ibrahim [a] stood on this mountain and called mankind to come and worship Allah. When the Holy Prophet [s] first started preaching Islam publicly, he stood on Jabal Abu Qubays and called mankind to submit to Allah. The Prophet's [s] miracle of splitting the moon was also see at the top of this mountain. At the top was a small mosque - Masjid Bilal - and until recently people used to climb to the top for ziyarat. As this was a security threat after the palace was built, the govt. demolished the mosque. Notice also that the gate of Masjid al-Haram facing the palace has only one minaret (instead of 2) because it was blocking the King's view of the Ka'aba from his bedroom.

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