Tuesday, December 23, 2008

You Can't Go There

... unless you practice Islam.

But you can look, thanks to Google and Flickr!

It's Mecca, during the Haj - pilgrimage time...

but first, last exit for non-muslims.. This is the sign for the last highway stop before the Mecca area... Arafat means mountain, I believe..

Come with me to the Kaaba... This 'Cube' is the most sacred site in Islam, and has the Masjid al-Haram mosque built around it. At several points during the Haj pilgrims are required to walk
several times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction...

Arrival in Mecca after a long, long journey..

Mecca aerial view....... and the Great Mosque - Masjid Al-Haram, by night..

The Great Mosque, front entrance...

Long march to Jabal Al-Rahma.. The Mount of Mercy

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ʻArafât عرفات does not mean mountain, but is the name of a particular hill in Saudi Arabia, the same as Jabal ar-Raḥma you mention later in the article.
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