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Haram al Sharif and the Ka'ba


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Pictures taken the 17th of Dhul Hijja, 26th of December 2007. Shows mainly a packed Masjid al Haram, the mosque which contains the Ka'ba. People are performing tawaf, the 7 circumambulations areound the Ka'ba at the ground floor, 1st floor and second floor.

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Outside Masjid al Haram


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Pictures of the outsides of Masjid al Haram, the mosque containing the Ka'aba, only few days before hajj. The area is packed with pilgrims. Also contains pictures of pilgrims praying in jamah (congregation).

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The Prophet's Mosque in Medina Hajj 07


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Contains pictures from the outside of the Prophet's mosque in Medina. Includes pictures of Muslims praying in congregation (jamah).

More pictures of the Prophet's mosque (both from outside and inside)

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Mina


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Mina is the tent "village" where the pilgrims spend all their nights but one, during the Islamic pilgrimage, hajj. This album shows the life in Mina the first couple of days of the pilgrimage of 2007. Most pictures are taken in the European (red) area of Mina.

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Jamarat


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The three Jamarats are the three resemblances of the Devil, which the pilgrims stone during the hajj. First the big jamarat is stoned seven times on the third day of hajj. All three jamarats are stoned seven times each on both the fourth and fifth day. The sixth day the pilgrims can choose to stone all three jamarats seven times, or they can choose not to. This album contains pictures on the way to the jamarats from the European (red) area of Mina and back again.

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Arafat


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To be at Arafat is the main thing about hajj. This is the place where the doors of mercy opens and man is receiving forgiveness from Allah. If the pilgrim misses Arafat, the hajj is not completed.

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Return from Muzdalifa


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The second night of the pilgrimage is spend under open air in Muzdalifa, just next to Mina. Just after the morning prayer, the pilgrims return back to Mina. Many chooses to walk, as the distance is not long.

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Top rated - Hajj 2007 (1428 after Hijrah)
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Worshippers doing tawaf around the Ka'ba and praying inside the Hateem areaThe hateem is a part of the Ka'ba, the walls of the Ka'ba used to be where the walls of the Hateem is now.

The first man on earth - Prophet Adam (as) - first built the Kaaba. He (as) was told by Allah to build it "benath" Allah's throne, i.e. the throne of Allah is "above" the Kaba. However, the throne is symbolic in its nature as Allah is not a physical being that needs to rule from a throne. During time, the Kaba was destroyed and it was later re-built by the Prophets Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail (as).

Before the time of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), pagans worshipped at Kaaba, as they used to have their idol gods within the Kaba) until prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers conquested Makkah in a peaceful manner without any blood shed. Since then it has since been a place of worship for Muslims.

Muslims from all over the world face the Kaba when they pray their five daily prayers. Also, many travel to Makkah for the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) or the Hajj (annual pilgrimage). The Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim to do once in their lifetime, if he or she have the financial and medical means for it. One of the rites of the pilgrimage is tawaf - to circumambulate the Kaba counter clock wise. One tawaf is 7 rounds, and is one of the two main rituals of the Umrah
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Masjid al Nabawi in daylightThe Mosque of the Prophet (Masjid al Nabawi) is the second holiest mosque, after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. It is the second mosque to be founded by the Prophet Muhammed (saws), the first was Masjid Al-Quba. It was originally built by the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and his companions and has later been extended several times by his followers.

The Mosque of the Prophet (pbuh) became his resting place after his death. The last Prophet's (pbuh) resting place is beneath the green dome. The first caliph, hadrath Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra), and the second caliph, hadrath Umar ibn Al Khattab (ra) are both also resting here. It contains a fourth grave as well, which is reserved for hadrat Isa / Jesus (as), when his time is up after his return to the earth.

The Prophet's (pbuh) lived where the dome is today after the Hijrah. The Rawdah - the area between his house and the original mihrab is a part of Jannah - paradise, according to a saying (hadith) of the Prophet (pbuh). He said: "What is between my house and my minbar is a garden from the gardens of Paradise". It is extremely crowded here - often hours before the prayer time, as it is every worshipper's desire to pray here. The area holds only a few hundered worshippers - maybe up to a thousand.

The part of the mosque which currently surrounds the green dome has been expanded several times during different times. It therefore contains architecture of different styles. The other parts are of newer extensions, and they look quite similar.
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People offering the Asr salah, the 3rd of the daily prayers, next to the Green Dome of Masjide NabawiThe Mosque of the Prophet (Masjid al Nabawi) is the second holiest mosque, after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. It is the second mosque to be founded by the Prophet Muhammed (saws), the first was Masjid Al-Quba. It was originally built by the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and his companions and has later been extended several times by his followers.

The Mosque of the Prophet (pbuh) became his resting place after his death. The last Prophet's (pbuh) resting place is beneath the green dome. The first caliph, hadrath Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra), and the second caliph, hadrath Umar ibn Al Khattab (ra) are both also resting here. It contains a fourth grave as well, which is reserved for hadrat Isa / Jesus (as), when his time is up after his return to the earth.

The Prophet's (pbuh) lived where the dome is today after the Hijrah. The Rawdah - the area between his house and the original mihrab is a part of Jannah - paradise, according to a saying (hadith) of the Prophet (pbuh). He said: "What is between my house and my minbar is a garden from the gardens of Paradise". It is extremely crowded here - often hours before the prayer time, as it is every worshipper's desire to pray here. The area holds only a few hundered worshippers - maybe up to a thousand.

The part of the mosque which currently surrounds the green dome has been expanded several times during different times. It therefore contains architecture of different styles. The other parts are of newer extensions, and they look quite similar.
22222
(8 votes)
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People offering the Asr salah, the 3rd of the daily prayers, next to the Green Dome of Masjide NabawiThe Mosque of the Prophet (Masjid al Nabawi) is the second holiest mosque, after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. It is the second mosque to be founded by the Prophet Muhammed (saws), the first was Masjid Al-Quba. It was originally built by the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and his companions and has later been extended several times by his followers.

The Mosque of the Prophet (pbuh) became his resting place after his death. The last Prophet's (pbuh) resting place is beneath the green dome. The first caliph, hadrath Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra), and the second caliph, hadrath Umar ibn Al Khattab (ra) are both also resting here. It contains a fourth grave as well, which is reserved for hadrat Isa / Jesus (as), when his time is up after his return to the earth.

The Prophet's (pbuh) lived where the dome is today after the Hijrah. The Rawdah - the area between his house and the original mihrab is a part of Jannah - paradise, according to a saying (hadith) of the Prophet (pbuh). He said: "What is between my house and my minbar is a garden from the gardens of Paradise". It is extremely crowded here - often hours before the prayer time, as it is every worshipper's desire to pray here. The area holds only a few hundered worshippers - maybe up to a thousand.

The part of the mosque which currently surrounds the green dome has been expanded several times during different times. It therefore contains architecture of different styles. The other parts are of newer extensions, and they look quite similar.
22222
(6 votes)
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People starting to pray salatul Asr in congregation outside Masjide HaramThe Ka'ba is located within the Masjide Haram. Muslims from all over the world face the Kaba when they pray their five daily compulsory prayers. Also, many travel to Makkah for the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) or the Hajj (annual pilgrimage). The Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim to do once in their lifetime, if he or she have the financial and medical means for it.

During the Hajj millions of Muslims travel from every corner of the earth to perform this ritual. The mosque is too small for everybody, so many must offer their prayers outside the mosque, just like those on the picture. During these days the crowd is so huge that men and women pray side by side. There is no other way, but people try to make groups of women and groups of men for prayers.
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Worshippers doing tawaf around the Ka'ba and praying inside the Hateem areaThe hateem is a part of the Ka'ba, the walls of the Ka'ba used to be where the walls of the Hateem is now.

The first man on earth - Prophet Adam (as) - first built the Kaaba. He (as) was told by Allah to build it "benath" Allah's throne, i.e. the throne of Allah is "above" the Kaba. However, the throne is symbolic in its nature as Allah is not a physical being that needs to rule from a throne. During time, the Kaba was destroyed and it was later re-built by the Prophets Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail (as).

Before the time of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), pagans worshipped at Kaaba, as they used to have their idol gods within the Kaba) until prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers conquested Makkah in a peaceful manner without any blood shed. Since then it has since been a place of worship for Muslims.

Muslims from all over the world face the Kaba when they pray their five daily prayers. Also, many travel to Makkah for the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) or the Hajj (annual pilgrimage). The Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim to do once in their lifetime, if he or she have the financial and medical means for it. One of the rites of the pilgrimage is tawaf - to circumambulate the Kaba counter clock wise. One tawaf is 7 rounds, and is one of the two main rituals of the Umrah
22222
(4 votes)
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Pilgrims on their way to Jamarat on the last day of HajjDay 6 - The pilgrims who did not leave Mina the 5th day are on their way to Jamarat to throw pebbles before they will eventually leave Mina for Makkah. This is the last rite to be performed during the days of Hajj.

The days and rites (extremely simplified) of Hajj:
Day 1 - 8th of Dhul Hijjah. Enter ihram. Leave Makkah and go to Mina. The tent "village" which is about 10 - 15km east of Haram al Sharif - the Mosque which contains the Kaba.
Day 2 - 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Leave Mina for Arafah 10 – 15 km east of Mina. Stay in Arafat till after sunset. Then head back towards Mina, but stop in Muzdalifa, just before Mina. Stay the night.
Day 3 - 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Pray fajr at Muzdalifa. Leave for Mina. Throw 7 pebbles on the largest wall of Jamarat. Sacrifice an animal. Cut or shave the hair on the head. Wear regular clothes.
Day 3, 4 or 5 - 10th, 11th or 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Head back to Haram al Sharif. Perform the tawaf, the cirumambulation of the Ka'ba. Perform Sa'i, to go 7 times between Safa and Marwa. Go back to Mina and stay the night.
Day 4 and 5 - 11th and 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Throw 7 pebbles on the 3 walls of Jamarat. Leave Mina for Mekka before sunset on the 5th - or optionally stay till the 6th day - 13 th of Dhul Hijjah and do the same as day 5.
22222
(2 votes)
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Market place for plastic cans - which people fill up with Zamzam waterZam Zam is a holy water which flows in Makkah. Every pilgrim is allowed to bring 10 liters of zam zam back home with their flight. This goes for both the lesser pilgrimage, Umrah, and the bigger pilgrimage, Hajj. Also, all pilgrims try to drink as much zam zam as possible during the pilgrimage. Muslims believe that zam zam water has a positive effect on the health.

Allah commanded Ibrahim (as) to take his son, Ismail (as) and Ismail's mother Hajar (ra) from Palestine to the Arid valley where the House of Adam used to be. Following Allahs command, he (as) left his wife (ra) and son (as) in the valleys of Makkah where there were no wells, population or trees. After their food and water had run out, Hajar (ra) feared for her and her baby's life. She climbed the nearast hillock, Safa, and searched for life from there. She could not find any, and rushed to another hillock, Marwa, and searched for life from there. She repeated her actions 7 times without finding anything or anyone. While standing on Marwa she heard something, but could not recognize it. When she returned to Ismail, she saw that the Archangel Jibril (Gabriel) had struck the ground with his heel, brining up water. This water is still flowing from here and is called Zamzam.

The zam zam water is available in Masjid al Haram and it is also transported to Medina, so that the worshipers in Masjid al Nabawi also can drink it.
22222
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Random files - Hajj 2007 (1428 after Hijrah)
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The corner of the black stone - hajre aswadThe black stone is from the heavens and was originally white. After people's touches and kisses, the stone absorbed their sins and become black. It is currently attached to one of the corners of the Ka'ba. The stone's silver container is visible at the corner. Some people line up, others just make their way to it, to touch/kiss it. There is one single guard at the corner, trying to keep some order in all the chaos. People also reach for other parts of the Ka'ba, and also towards the door.

The first man on earth - Prophet Adam (as) - first built the Kaaba. He (as) was told by Allah to build it "benath" Allah's throne, i.e. the throne of Allah is "above" the Kaba. However, the throne is symbolic in its nature as Allah is not a physical being that needs to rule from a throne. During time, the Kaba was destroyed and it was later re-built by the Prophets Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail (as).

Muslims from all over the world face the Kaba when they pray their five daily prayers. Also, many travel to Makkah for the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) or the Hajj (annual pilgrimage). The Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim to do once in their lifetime, if he or she have the financial and medical means for it.
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People trying to get closer to the Ka'ba for prayersThe Ka'ba is located within the Masjide Haram. Muslims from all over the world face the Kaba when they pray their five daily compulsory prayers. Also, many travel to Makkah for the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) or the Hajj (annual pilgrimage). The Hajj is compulsory on every Muslim to do once in their lifetime, if he or she have the financial and medical means for it.

During the Hajj millions of Muslims travel from every corner of the earth to perform this ritual. The mosque is too small for everybody, so many must offer their prayers outside the mosque, just like those on the picture.
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Three umbrellas on a wall giving shadow to someone on the other side
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Pilgrims on their way from the European area of Mina towards Jamarat to throw pebbles while some are returningDay 3 - Pilgrims are walking to Jamarat - the area where they are to throw pebbles. From the European area, the pilgrims walks through 2 one-way tunnels to get to Jamarat. They return from two other one-way tunnels. When this picture were taken, the major rush was over. The crowd is much bigger at other times.

The days and rites (extremely simplified) of Hajj:
Day 1 - 8th of Dhul Hijjah. Enter ihram. Leave Makkah and go to Mina. The tent "village" which is about 10 - 15km east of Haram al Sharif - the Mosque which contains the Kaba.
Day 2 - 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Leave Mina for Arafah 10 – 15 km east of Mina. Stay in Arafat till after sunset. Then head back towards Mina, but stop in Muzdalifa, just before Mina. Stay the night.
Day 3 - 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Pray fajr at Muzdalifa. Leave for Mina. Throw 7 pebbles on the largest wall of Jamarat. Sacrifice an animal. Cut or shave the hair on the head. Wear regular clothes.
Day 3, 4 or 5 - 10th, 11th or 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Head back to Haram al Sharif. Perform the tawaf, the cirumambulation of the Ka'ba. Perform Sa'i, to go 7 times between Safa and Marwa. Go back to Mina and stay the night.
Day 4 and 5 - 11th and 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Throw 7 pebbles on the 3 walls of Jamarat. Leave Mina for Mekka before sunset on the 5th - or optionally stay till the 6th day - 13 th of Dhul Hijjah and do the same as day 5.
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Pilgrims walking towards the smallest devil to stone it on the last day of HajjDay 6 - The pilgrims who did not leave Mina the 5th day are on their way to Jamarat to throw pebbles before they will eventually leave Mina for Makkah. This is the last rite to be performed during the days of Hajj.

The walls which are to be stoned are actually the same size, even though they are named as if they are different in size. Only a few years ago there were round columns to be stoned, but now they have made walls due to safety reasons.

The days and rites (extremely simplified) of Hajj:
Day 1 - 8th of Dhul Hijjah. Enter ihram. Leave Makkah and go to Mina. The tent "village" which is about 10 - 15km east of Haram al Sharif - the Mosque which contains the Kaba.
Day 2 - 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Leave Mina for Arafah 10 – 15 km east of Mina. Stay in Arafat till after sunset. Then head back towards Mina, but stop in Muzdalifa, just before Mina. Stay the night.
Day 3 - 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Pray fajr at Muzdalifa. Leave for Mina. Throw 7 pebbles on the largest wall of Jamarat. Sacrifice an animal. Cut or shave the hair on the head. Wear regular clothes.
Day 3, 4 or 5 - 10th, 11th or 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Head back to Haram al Sharif. Perform the tawaf, the cirumambulation of the Ka'ba. Perform Sa'i, to go 7 times between Safa and Marwa. Go back to Mina and stay the night.
Day 4 and 5 - 11th and 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Throw 7 pebbles on the 3 walls of Jamarat. Leave Mina for Mekka before sunset on the 5th - or optionally stay till the 6th day - 13 th of Dhul Hijjah and do the same as day 5.
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People throwing stones on the largest devil on the last day of HajjDay 6 - The pilgrims who did not leave Mina the 5th day are on their way to Jamarat to throw pebbles before they will eventually leave Mina for Makkah. This is the last rite to be performed during the days of Hajj.

The walls which are to be stoned are actually the same size, even though they are named as if they are different in size. Only a few years ago there were round columns to be stoned, but now they have made walls due to safety reasons.

The days and rites (extremely simplified) of Hajj:
Day 1 - 8th of Dhul Hijjah. Enter ihram. Leave Makkah and go to Mina. The tent "village" which is about 10 - 15km east of Haram al Sharif - the Mosque which contains the Kaba.
Day 2 - 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Leave Mina for Arafah 10 – 15 km east of Mina. Stay in Arafat till after sunset. Then head back towards Mina, but stop in Muzdalifa, just before Mina. Stay the night.
Day 3 - 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Pray fajr at Muzdalifa. Leave for Mina. Throw 7 pebbles on the largest wall of Jamarat. Sacrifice an animal. Cut or shave the hair on the head. Wear regular clothes.
Day 3, 4 or 5 - 10th, 11th or 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Head back to Haram al Sharif. Perform the tawaf, the cirumambulation of the Ka'ba. Perform Sa'i, to go 7 times between Safa and Marwa. Go back to Mina and stay the night.
Day 4 and 5 - 11th and 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Throw 7 pebbles on the 3 walls of Jamarat. Leave Mina for Mekka before sunset on the 5th - or optionally stay till the 6th day - 13 th of Dhul Hijjah and do the same as day 5.
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The area of Jamarat - where the devils are stoned during HajjDay 6 - The pilgrims who did not leave Mina the 5th day are on their way to Jamarat to throw pebbles before they will eventually leave Mina for Makkah. This is the last rite to be performed during the days of Hajj.

The days and rites (extremely simplified) of Hajj:
Day 1 - 8th of Dhul Hijjah. Enter ihram. Leave Makkah and go to Mina. The tent "village" which is about 10 - 15km east of Haram al Sharif - the Mosque which contains the Kaba.
Day 2 - 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Leave Mina for Arafah 10 – 15 km east of Mina. Stay in Arafat till after sunset. Then head back towards Mina, but stop in Muzdalifa, just before Mina. Stay the night.
Day 3 - 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Pray fajr at Muzdalifa. Leave for Mina. Throw 7 pebbles on the largest wall of Jamarat. Sacrifice an animal. Cut or shave the hair on the head. Wear regular clothes.
Day 3, 4 or 5 - 10th, 11th or 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Head back to Haram al Sharif. Perform the tawaf, the cirumambulation of the Ka'ba. Perform Sa'i, to go 7 times between Safa and Marwa. Go back to Mina and stay the night.
Day 4 and 5 - 11th and 12 th of Dhul Hijjah. Throw 7 pebbles on the 3 walls of Jamarat. Leave Mina for Mekka before sunset on the 5th - or optionally stay till the 6th day - 13 th of Dhul Hijjah and do the same as day 5.

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