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Al-Masjid al-Ḥaram, by Ahmed Al.Badawy

Al-Masjid al-Ḥaram, by Ahmed Al.Badawy

In this frame, I'm presenting Al-Masjid al-Ḥaram, the Sacred Mosque, with the angle that shows the whole surrounding atmosphere of the Ka’bah, taken at 12:40am on September 09, 2010. This panorama also shows the beauty of the place and its integration with the sky. Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) and his son Ismail (Ishmeal) raised the principals from the house, the Ka’bah for those who do tawaf, who intent upon, do ruku and sujud. This task was assigned to Abraham (pbuh) by Allah(SWT). Ka’bah is the direction of the believe for those people who submit their will to Almighty can enter into this most scared city. Everyday millions of people around the world visit Masjid Al-Haram, which is unknown to many because it is concealed by the controlled media in different parts of the world. On month of Ramadan and during Hajj this number increases to more than 4 million a day. The current maximum capacity of the Mosque is 900,000 inside, and 4,000,000 outside.

Ka’bah at Night, by Ahmed Al.Badawy

It was 4:30am, a typical night around the Ka’aba, and an hour before the Fajr (morning prayer). Ka’bah is the direction of prayer for the followers of peace. Everyday millions of people around the world visit Masjid Al-Haram, which is unknown…

The Most Sacred Place, by Ahmed Al.Badawy

This was my first visit to Al-Masjid al-Haram, the most sacred place in the world. It was 1am, a typical night around the Ka’aba. Muslims worldwide turn towards Ka’aba, as unique direction while offering daily prayers. Late at night, when it’s almost empty, it was a good opportunity to see the people's behavior surrounds the Ka’aba, and observed their reactions closely. You can see some people were overtaken by emotion and love, that they simply can't resist rushing towards the Ka'bah and clinging onto the cloth, crying and kissing it with respect, remembering Ibrahim (A.S.), remembering the teaching of Mohammad (Pbuh), the messenger of Allah, that they have followed throughout their life. They are not worshiping it, rather feeling the connection to it. And those who are strong in their understanding, praying the night prayers, or performing a tawaf. To me it’s almost impossible to describe this photo without considering people's feelings there, especially when I was sharing the same feelings.