Makkah is the blessed city which is the most beloved land in the sight of Allah (ﷻ) and the chosen location of His House. It was here that the final prophet and guide of the whole of mankind, Muhammad (ﷺ), was born and commenced his Prophethood.
- Allah (ﷻ) has called Makkah by five names in the Quran: Makkah, Bakkah, Al-Balad, Al-Qaryah and Ummul-Qura.
- In Surah Al-Imran, Allah (ﷻ) states: “Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-Alamin (mankind and jinn).” [3:96]
- When the Muslims conquered Makkah. The Prophet (ﷺ) said,“Allah had made this city sacred the day He created the heavens and the earth and it’s sanctity shall remain until the Day of Qiyamah (Day of Judgement). Its thorns cannot be broken, its animals cannot be harmed and things fallen on its ground cannot be picked up unless with the intention of returning it to its owner or making public announcements (to locate the owner). It is also forbidden to cut the grass that (naturally) grows here.” [Muslim]
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Despite being the spiritual heart of Muslims around the world, there are many things about Makkah that many do not know – until now.
1. Makkah is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
The Zamzam well alone is believed to be around 4,000 years old.
2. The city was never the capital of any Islamic empire.
But Muslim rulers did regularly contribute to its upkeep.
3. Not all of Makkah falls within the Haram boundary.
There are many neighborhoods of the city, like Sharaya, which falls outside the Haram boundary.
4. The city used to be called Bakkah.
Nevertheless, some scholars suggest that Bakkah refers only to the Kaaba and the immediate areas surrounding it.
5. Apart from Bakkah, the Qur’an refers to the city as Umm Al Qura.
Umm Al Qura is Arabic for “Mother of All Settlements.”
6. Nowadays it is called Makkah Al Mukarramah.
This literally translates to “Makkah The Honored.”
7. Makkah’s population is estimated to be between 1.5-2 million.
This swells to close to 4.5 million during the Hajj season.
8. The Black Stone hasn’t always been in Makkah.
In 930 AD, it was stolen by the Qarmatians, who took it with them to Eastern Arabia.
9. British newspaper The Telegraph listed Masjid Al Haram as the most expensive building in the world.
Its total cost of construction was at $100 billion.
10. No. 2 on the same list of the most expensive buildings was Abraj Al Bait, which is also in Makkah.
Abraj Al Bait holds other world records, including the records for having the tallest clock tower and the largest clock face.