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Every year Saudi Arabia welcomes millions of religious pilgrims from all over the world. Muslims are required to travel to Makkah for Hajj at least once in their lifetime, if they are able to physically and financially. The official Hajj … Continue reading

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The Tents at Mina

The Hajj is the religious pilgrimage to Makkah that all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once during their lifetime. Last year some three million people from around the world converged on Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj during a specific … Continue reading

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Sculpture in Makkah

This is an interesting looking work of art that sits in the middle of a wide traffic island in the holy city of Makkah. Public artwork is widespread in Saudi Arabia. Some of it is religious in nature, some outlandish, … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia surprisingly has a large number of very poor people, mostly foreigners who came to the KSA to perform the religious pilgrimage to Makkah and never went back to their poor home countries, hoping for a better life here. … Continue reading

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Koran Gateway to Makkah

This large structure extends over eight lanes of traffic plus a wide center highway divider. It is in the shape of an enormous bookstand holding an open book which is the Koran. The large sides of the bookstand are filled … Continue reading

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Al-Kibla Sculpture

Travertine marble was the material used to create this dynamic work of art by Spanish architect and sculptor Julio Lafuente. Taking about five years to complete, this monument was actually carved in Italy and is comprised of 260 separate pieces … Continue reading

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Skywatch: View From Inside

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah has several areas of retractable roof which, when open, create an awesome view toward the heavens. You can see the exquisite detailing involved which make this mosque an amazing jewel of the Islamic world. This … Continue reading

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My World: Zam Zam Water

This Zam Zam drinking water dispenser is one of many outside the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. It is available free to all Muslims and is distributed to┬ámany parts of Saudi Arabia from Makkah, where it originates. Water is a very … Continue reading

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Battlefield of Mount Uhud

When we were in Madinah recently, I got excited when it was decided that we would be going to “the mountain.” I had visions of a picnic, lots of tall shady trees and fresh air. Well, that’s not exactly what … Continue reading

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Pilgrimmage thru Mountain Layers

Most of the vehicles on this highway are traveling from Madinah to Makkah/Mecca and are carrying religious pilgrims who are fulfilling the Islamic once in a lifetime requirement of all able bodied Muslims – to perform Hajj. The Hajj happens … Continue reading

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