Have we not made the earth as a bed and the mountains as its pegs?
We placed firmly embedded mountains on the earth, so it would not move under them…
Jabal Omar after Fajr last Juma’ah. Another magnificent firmly embedded mountain in the process of becoming rubble and dust, for so called progress. Looking somewhat insignificant in this photo with the edge of the Intercontinental on the left and Makkah Firdous, the hotel we were staying in on the right. For two years earth moving equipment, massive lorries and giant drills have been hacking away at this solid rock sculpting out the foundation for the Jabal Omar Project
. I have posted this before, but do so again as a revision, a reminder….a reminder that the signs of Qiyamah are falling like the beads of a broken necklace, words to the effect from our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
Detail of the above, and below is the google image of what remains of this weeping mountain….
….destined to be transformed into a megalopolis greater in area than the Sacred Haram of Makkah, housing the Ka’abah. (the white edge of the courtyard on the left, the rectangular building is the Intercontinental, and the Makkah Firdous across from this)
The following are architectural renderings of the completed project. (JazakiLlahu khairan to Ukhti Farhanah for sharing some of these) Note…the smudgy brown area to the right, inbetween Haram and the Jabal Omar complex is the gigantic seven tower Abraj al-Bait, sitting on what once was another of Makkah’s magnificent mountains.
More pictures here
….take a little time to digest the mammoth scale of how Makkah as we may know it now is rapidly morphing into just another 21st century ritzy jungle of steel, concrete and glitz. And here
to see another projected carve up called Darb al-Khalil, and not to leave Al-Shamiyah
out. (more impressions on this area at a later date)
….back to sanity….and serenity….Umrah yesterday!!!! Click on image for article.
And this….errrr…..this is the planned new Ajyad Hospital….but steady….only seven floors will be the actual hospital….while the major part of the building will be…just what we do not have enough of….more exclusive hotel accommodation and shopping areas! Tut tut tut….this cynical burst is an attempt at smothering the deep grief. AstaghfiruLlah. Ya Allah Ya Lateef.
So time to play….. here is the link to the Wikimapia of Makkah
for you to play with to become familiarized with what is where in relation to Haram. A good resource for those planning to be here for Hajj, Insha’Allah.
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