Saudi Arabian television programming consists of many stations which feature religious talk shows, lectures, and live religious services around the clock. During Ramadan – the month when all Muslims fast during the daytime hours – religious programming increases even more than usual. Some channels broadcast live from the famous mosques in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. This photo shows the Kaaba, the large black cube shaped building which resides within the Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Makkah, and plays a very significant role in Islam as the object which all Muslims face when they pray. It is draped in an enormous black silk cloth called Kiswa which is embroidered with metallic threads of actual gold and silver. The black cube is constructed of granite which was quarried from the hills outside the city. During Hajj – the yearly event when millions of religious pilgrims visit Makkah – this entire area of the mosque shown on the screen would be crowded with people. Religious television programming during Hajj is also stepped up dramatically as well.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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