Mecca from above
On September 24, 769 people died at a site from a tent camp to the Jamra bridge on the way from Muzdalifa to Mina with a huge gathering of people during a stampede. Prior to this, September 11, a construction crane fell on the Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, 107 people died, about 240 suffered. In general, a dangerous place ...
Mecca is a city in western Saudi Arabia, located 100 km from the Red Sea. It is a center of pilgrimage for Muslims and non-Muslims to enter Mecca is prohibited. Thanks to the photographer Ahmad Masood, who visited here after the tragedy, we will see rare pictures - the city of Mecca from above.
1. Mecca - the holy city of the Muslims. In the year 630, having strengthened their position, the Muslims of the Medina community, led by the prophet Muhammad, entered Mecca, the city surrendered without a fight, and the inhabitants accepted Islam. Mecca with the holy Kaaba was turned into a religious center, and Muslims began to pray in the direction of Mecca, wherever they were. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
2. View of the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca - the main and largest mosque in the world, in the courtyard of which is the main shrine of Islam - the Kaaba. This crane fell here on September 11, 2015. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
The construction of the first mosque around the Kaaba dates back to 638. The existing mosque has been known since 1570. During its existence, the mosque was repeatedly rebuilt, so that from the original construction there was little left.
3. Pilgrims in the Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, September 25, 2015. And a lot of cranes too. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
4. In the late 1980s, a mosque was reconstructed when a huge building with two minarets was attached to it from the south-west side. It is in this building is now the main entrance to the mosque - King Fahd Gate.
The cube in the center is the Kaaba - a Muslim shrine in the form of a cubic structure in the courtyard of the Masjid al-Haram mosque (the Preserved Mosque) in Mecca. This is one of the main places, collecting, according to Koranic regulations, pilgrims during the Hajj. Kaaba bears the symbolic name "al-Bait al-Haram", which means "sacred house" in Arabic. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
In Mecca, during periods of the greatest number of pilgrims, crowding, fires and other incidents with the wounded and the dead often occur. Thus, in 1990, about 1,500 pilgrims died in a pedestrian tunnel between Mecca and Mina.
5. The tent city of Muslim pilgrims, September 25, 2015, Mecca. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
6Mecca is located at an altitude of 227 meters above sea level, and approximately 80 kilometers off the coast of the Red Sea.
By the way, this is the place where the Pillars symbolize Satan. Here there was a crush that killed 769 people. The essence of the ceremony is as follows: pilgrims should throw stones at the pillars symbolizing Satan. Muslims believe that the prophet Abraham did the same when he threw stones at the Devil. During the rite, some of the believers try to get as close as possible to the posts. The deadly flow of millions of people is difficult to stop ... (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
7. The same place from a longer distance. This is the valley near Mecca, where the largest tent camp in the world of Ming is located. Mina Valley - the site of two important Hajj rituals - throwing stones at the pillars (ar. Jamarat) and sacrifices located here. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
8. The size of the campground is really amazing. Mecca, September 25, 2015. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
9. Usually the number of tents in Mina reaches 100 thousand, and about 3 million pilgrims live in them. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
10. In holy places you are not alone, there are cameras that broadcast the picture on the screens of security monitors. Mecca, September 25, 2015.(Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
11. The economy of Mecca is highly dependent on annual pilgrimage. Revenues from the Hajj actually feed not only the economy of Mecca, but also to a large extent the economy of the entire Arabian Peninsula. (Photo by Ahmad Masood | Reuters):
12. We will complete a small virtual tour with a general view of the main Mosque al-Haram and Mecca, September 25, 2015. Ahead is the Meccan Royal Clock Tower (Makkah Clock Royal Tower) with the Meccan clock, finally completed only in 2012, but already becoming one of the most important symbols of mecca and saudi arabia. The tower can boast of 662 meters of the main structure and a 155-meter metal spire topped with a crescent.