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Old May 17th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #1862
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What is on the Green Dome?




There is a strange story circulating on the web saying there is a dead body buried
on the Green Dome of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.

On the Green Dome, near the top, we can see a rectangular form...what it is?



the answer is... a window
covered to prevent from water.


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The Green Dome

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Filipino nurse embraces Islam

BY: Jeddah: Fouzia Khan

Thursday 10 May 2012

.When 55-year-old Duris Newels, head nurse at Abdulkarim Bakr Medical Center, Jeddah, embraced Islam last week, it was a proud moment for the clinic and its staff.

Newels, now Dania Newels, was a Catholic Christian working at the center for the past five years.

"It is a proud moment for us. We are delighted to announce that our head nurse accepted Islam on her own wish and we wish her success. I also thank our Muslim staff members who helped Dania in understanding Islam in its right perspective," said Dr. Tawfik M.N. Rahaimy, CEO and executive director of the medical center.

"We at the center are not just staff members but are a small family," he added, thanking Mohammed Bakr, chairman of the board of trustees, and Dr. Zakiya Baker Muhandis for their "continued support to the clinic and staff".

Speaking to Arab News, new Muslim Dania said that although she had been a Catholic for a long time, she wasn't a practicing Catholic. She went to a Catholic school because her "parents told her to do so".

"My family and relatives call themselves Catholic Christians. So when you are born in such an environment, you have to accept whatever is around you, without ever knowing what religion exactly is," Dania said.

"In the Philippines, when I was young, we had a very negative conception of Muslims; we believed that they are bad people, traitors, and are always against us. We never dealt with or studied about faith; it was only in our mind," she added.

When Dania came to Saudi Arabia in 1990 to work, it was the first time she met many Muslims.

"I was shocked to know about Muslims, their religion and practices because I had never seen anything like that in the Philippines. I had never seen a mosque or heard the Salah. I gained all this basic information here," she said.

Dania describes her life as a 'roller coaster" with many ups and downs. She has hopped from one religion to another but none satisfied her, she said.

"When you are despaired in life, you always look for someone who can help you. I have been to the church but nothing satisfied me," she said.

Dania befriended several Muslims here but the thought of embracing Islam never crossed her mind until an incident that she says changed her perspective about life.

"Five years ago, I never thought that such a moment will come in my life. Life is very difficult. I started to ponder on what being a Muslim is like. I asked my Muslim friends about it and what they had to say, such as about the Day of Judgement, hell fire and life in the Hereafter, interested me. They told me that Allah SWT is the only Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer and there is none besides Him and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last Prophet. Belief in these principles makes one a Muslim; it is so simple," Dania said.

She further read books on Islam, watched videos on the life of the Prophet (pbuh). She read about the difference between the Bible and the Qur'an and compared the two religions.

"Though I understood many things, I still had doubts in my mind. One day we received a patient who was about to die. She was hospitalized for a long time due to a back fracture. I asked for a sign from God. I said to God that I will accept Islam if the patient, Sultana, is cured," she said.

Dania said she was not quite expecting Sultana to recover. "The same day Dr. Tariq informed me that Sultana had recovered and was doing well. I didn't know what was going on. I was sweating and didn't know what to say. I told Dr. Tariq about the sign I had asked God to give. That very moment I realized that I must keep my words and accept His true religion, the path He showed me," Dania recalled.

Dania went to Makkah to perform Umrah after she accepted Islam last Friday. "I only pray that Allah SWT will guide me on the right path and will be there for me always. I hope I am not late in discovering the light of truth," she said.

"Islam is a complete religion, which not only belongs to Saudi Arabia and the Arabs but it is the religion of the universe. In Islam, you are directly dealing with your Creator. It is not only for your present life but also for your life in the hereafter," said Chairman Bakr, congratulating Dania and praying for her guidance.

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Indian pilgrims reported killed in Saudi Arabia bus accident

May 14, 2012

JEDDAH (SAUDI ARABIA): Six pilgrims were reportedly killed and 40 wounded in a traffic accident 200km off Medina. The accident happened when a Mecca-bound Saudi public transportation bus carrying pilgrims of different nationalities collided with a truck going in the same direction. According to initial reports, Indians are believed to be among the casualities.

Civil defence and Red Crescent rescue teams rushed to the site and the bodies were taken out cutting the body of the bus. Apart from Indians, Pakistanis and Egyptians were among the bus passengers.

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Saudi Arabia bans using Gregorian dates

May 17, 2012

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has banned all government and private agencies from using the Gregorian dates in official dealings.

The use of the English language to answer calls or communicate, mainly in companies and hotels, has also been banned, a local daily said. All ministries and agencies have to use the Hijri dates (Islamic calendar) and the Arabic language, the interior ministry said.

The ministry attributed its decision to preserving the Islamic calendar and the Arabic language, Arabic daily Al Watan reported.

In the statement to the ministries and establishments, the ministry said that it noted that some government entities were using Gregorian dates "unnecessarily", in a violation of high orders and instructions.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-...ates-1.1024301


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Expropriation of property hinder
the course of 2000 the first ring in Mecca


نزع ملكية 2000 عقار تعترض مسار الدائري الأول بمكة

16/05/2012

بدأت لجنة تطوير الساحات الشمالية للمسجد الحرام إزالة العقارات المعترضة لمسارالطريق الدائري الأول بما يعرف المنطقة رقم 60 خلف وقف الملك عبدالعزيز للحرمين الشريفين بأجياد أمس ، وشاركت 6 آليات ضخمة منذ الثامنة صباحاً في العمل تحت إشراف عدد من المهندسين والمختصين. وكشف نائب رئيس لجنة تطويرالساحات الشمالية المهندس محمد طه بن إبراهيم فقيه أن اللجنة ستنفذ خططها في فصل الخدمات بمحطات الكهرباء فى أحياء التيسيروالحجون وجبل الكعبة ، كما سيتم نزع ملكية 2000 عقار تعترض مسار الطريق الدائري الأول ومحطات النقل حول توسعة الحرم المكي الشريف والساحات المحيطة به ويبدأ المشروع من أنفاق باب علي ثم يأخذ مساره إلى منطقة الغزة ثم الراقوبة ومنها يمتد حتى يدخل إلى جبل هندي ليمر عبر الأرض الاستثمارية العائدة لرجل الأعمال عبداللطيف جميل، كما يمتد حتى يتصل بالطريق «الموازي» طريق الملك عبدالعزيز خلف جبل عمر ومن ثم يعود لمخرج أنفاق شعب علي.

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Expropriation of property hinder the course of 2000 the first ring in Mecca

16/05/2012

Commission began the development of squares North of the Grand Mosque remove property objecting to the first ring Msaraltriv what is known as the region behind the No. 60 King Abdul Aziz Endowment of the Two Holy Mosques Bojiad yesterday, and the mechanisms involved 6 large since eight in the morning to work under the supervision of a number of engineers and specialists.

The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Ttoiralsahat North Mohamed Taha Bin Ibrahim Al-Faqih, the Commission will implement its plans to separate services power plants in the neighborhoods Altesarwalhjohn and Jabal Kaaba, will also be the expropriation of 2000 real estate objects to the route the first ring and transfer stations on the expansion of the Haram al-Sharif and squares surrounding it and the project begins of tunnels to Ali then takes its course to the area of ​​Ghazh then Alraqhobh including extended until the next to the mountain of Indian to pass across the land investment belonging to the businessman Abdul Latif Jameel, and extends until it connects to the road «parallel» King Abdulaziz Road behind the Jabal Omar and then back to the exit tunnels people on the .








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Jordan King inaugurates Prophet Mohammad Museum


His Majesty King Abdullah looks at a letter Prophet Mohammad sent to Emperor Hercules inviting
him to Islam, kept at the Prophet Mohammad Museum at the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Amman,
which His Majesty inaugurated on Tuesday (Photo by Yousef Allan)
16/05/2012

(MENAFN - Jordan Times) His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday inaugurated the Prophet Mohammad Museum at the King Hussein Mosque.

The King toured the facility, where some of the prophet's belongings were on display, including a single hair from his beard and his letter to the Byzantine emperor of Eastern Roman Empire, in which he urged him to covert to Islam, a Royal Court statement said.

The museum also includes a sapling of the tree under which Prophet Mohammad rested on his way to the Levant for trade in the pre-Islam era. The tree is located in the badia region.

HRH Prince Ghazi, chief adviser to the King for religious and cultural affairs and the King's personal envoy, also attended the inauguration ceremony along with Royal Court Chief Riyad Abu Karaki, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Abdul Salam Abbadi and other senior officials and officers.

Speaking to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Abbadi said the museum's belongings hold significant value in the history of Islam.

"The concerned authorities in Jordan will work to bring more of the prophet's belongings to the museum," the minister said.

The museum's design is inspired by Islamic architecture through its domes, arches and the murals and etchings of Koranic verses, King Hussein Mosque's Imam Ghaleb Rababaa told Petra.

http://www.menafn.com/menafn/1093513...ohammad-Museum

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King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, Amman

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The exterior of the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, built to reflect the Umayyad architecture prevalent in many historic sites around Jordan and is both the country’s national mosque and also it’s largest.

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A sixth station for Haramain HSR line

19 May 2012

Last month Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers approved the creation of a railway authority to issue operating licences and supervise development of new lines. Plans have been announced for a sixth station on the future Haramain High Speed Rail line, serving Abyar Al west of Madinah.

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Al-Azhar Ulama Call On Iran
To Stop Film On Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama)

The ulama (Islamic scholars) at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt have called on Iran to stop the ongoing production of a film on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), saying that such a production is haram.

According to Jordan news agency, Fact International's website www.factjo.com, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayeb, said that Al-Azhar ulama and followers of Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunnis) had rejected the production of the film, which was being produced by an Iranian filmmaker.

"It is clearly an irresponsible act, just like the one committed by the western countries when they produced images insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)," Ahmad was quoted as saying.

The film is said to be focusing on Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) life from childhood to prophethood.

Meanwhile, Al-Azhar Advisor, Dr Hassan Al-Shafie, was reported by Egypt's daily, Al-Ahram, as saying that the production of the film would affect the faith of Muslims across the world.

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Algeria begins work on mega mosque


Djamaa El Djazaïr

The mosque complex will include Africa’s tallest minaret, culminating almost as high as the Eiffel Tower at
270 meters (880 feet). It will have 25 levels and eight elevators to whisk observers to the top to view the bay of Algiers.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Workers in Algiers started laying foundations Sunday for what should become the world’s third-largest mosque, a one-billion-euro project that will include a dizzyingly tall minaret.

The huge building in the capital Algiers will be built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation and is expected to create 17,000 jobs – most of them for Algerians. Construction is due to be completed in 2015.

Algeria’s Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdallah Ghlamallah and Chinese ambassador Liu Yuhe attended the foundation-laying ceremony, the official APS news agency reported.

“The construction of this building represents a new landmark in Sino-Algerian relations,” the minister said.

The mosque complex will include Africa’s tallest minaret, culminating almost as high as the Eiffel Tower at 270 meters (880 feet). It will have 25 levels and eight elevators to whisk observers to the top to view the bay of Algiers.

It will also comprise a prayer room for 120,000 worshippers, a 2,000-seat library, an art museum and a research center.

http://english.alarabiya.net/article...21/215372.html


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Jürgen Engel, architect of the Algeria mega mosque ''Djamaa El Djazair''

"My view of Islam has changed"

03/05/2012

Google translation of this article: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/meinung/p...t/6285752.html

The minaret will be 275 meters high, the prayer hall offer 37 000 seats. The planned in Algiers "Djamaa El Djazair" ("Great Mosque of Algiers") will be the third largest mosque in the world, behind the pilgrimage sites of Mecca and Medina. They have been built by a German. The Frankfurt architect Jurgen Engel, whose office also has a branch in Berlin, has won an international competition in the tender.

"We do not have at the beginning thought that we could win," Engel said in his office overlooking the skyline. The architect, whose previous works of construction of the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, the German stock exchange in Eschborn and the ferry terminal "Schwedenkai" belong in Kiel, has never before built a sacred building.

And certainly not a mosque.

"We have consulted extensively with our Islamic scholars, as we approach the project," he says. In the end, Angel decided to something he already knew from previous study trips to Spain, the North African "-style porticos," as he was already applied in the mosques of the medieval caliphate of Granada. Modeled after the mosque in Cordoba, with its closely staggered, parallel rows of pillars, which are spanned by arches, the so-called "Floral pillar" of the Grand Mosque in Algiers has been developed.

Among the new building next to prayer rooms and a minaret and a museum of Islamic history and will include a research center. An auditorium with 2000 seats and a library with a million media and cinema are also planned. "We are building here a little town," says Engel. And he admits, his view of Islam has changed, since representatives of the Algerian government signed in 2008 in the presence of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel the job.

"Alone, that a Christian receives an order from European evidence, but of tolerance," Engel said. "I certainly do not know that somewhere in the world is a Muslim, a church building." 2016, the giant new mosque will be completed. And angels, whose projects and the construction of the diaconal office in Berlin-Mitte is one, is a matter of taste. He'd like to build a church once. "But to get at those jobs, is probably much more difficult." Benjamin Lassiwe
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Adhan - Call to prayer
Makkah clock - Minaret
21 May 2012




Going to pray at Masjid al Haram



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To prevent jumping and infringement on the sanctity of the dead

Raising the walls of al Muallah cemetery in Mecca
and connected escorts tight


لمنع حالات القفز والتعدي على حرمات الموتى
العفناني: رفع أسوار مقابر المعلاة بمكة المكرمة وربطها بشبكة حراسات مشددة



مقابر المعلاة كما ظهرت أمس (تصوير: محمد السواط) - Al Muallah tombs also appeared yesterday
22 May 2012

مكة المكرمة – إلهام سلمان

كشف المسؤول عن تطوير أسوار مقابر المعلاة في الشركة المشغلة للمشروع المهندس بلاء العفناني لـ « الشرق» عن قرب الانتهاء من بناء أسوار عالية للمقابر القريبة من الحرم المكي الشريف، وربطها بشبكة حراسات أمنية مشددة، منعاً لحدوث تعديات على حرمات الموتى من قبل الزوار بعد تسجيل حالات دخول من بعض الزوار لتلك المقابر.

وأوضح أن هناك اتفاقية أبرمت مع أمانة العاصمة المقدسة، ضمن خطة تطوير المشاعر المقدسة، وأن الشركة تعمل الآن على زيادة معدل سرعة بناء الأسوار والانتهاء منها قبل بدء موسم الحج. مشيرا إلى أنهم يبذلون قصارى جهدهم للانتهاء من العمل في أقرب وقت ممكن لأن هذه الفترة تعد فترة زيارات من قبل المعتمرين وزوار البيت الحرام.

ولفت إلى أن هناك بعض السلوكيات التي تصدر من بعض الزوار كالحضور للمقابر والدخول إليها، لذلك وضعوا لوحات إرشادية تعلمهم وتوجههم إلى طابور الزيارات وأماكن وقوفهم خارج أسوار المقابر.

وقال العفناني إن الشركة أطالت ارتفاع بوابات المقبرة الجديدة إلى ما بين 1.5 – 2.00 م، وعملت على إنشاء بوابات حديثة تتميز بأشكال جديدة، يستطيع من خلالها الزائر والمار الوقوف ورؤية المقبرة كاملة من الداخل تماما كمقابر البقيع في المدينة المنورة.

وذكر أنه سيتم إنشاء بوابة رئيسية تتفرع منها عدة بوابات كل بوابة على حدة، فهناك بوابات لكبار الشخصيات والمسؤولين والوفود الدبلوماسية وبوابة أخرى للعامة. مشيرا إلى أن
الانتهاء من المرحلة الأخيرة سيكون قبل بداية شهر رمضان المقبل.

http://www.alsharq.net.sa/2012/05/21/297102

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To prevent jumping and infringement on the sanctity of the dead

Aallnana: raising the walls of tombs al Muallah in Mecca and connected escorts tight


Makkah - 22 may 2012

Detection is responsible for the development of the walls of tombs Al Muallah in the operating company for the project engineer scourge Aallnana «Middle» About the near completion of building high walls of the tombs near the Haram al-Sharif, and connected escorts tight security, in order to prevent encroachment on the sanctity of the dead by the visitors after registration of entry of some visitors to the cemeteries.

He explained that there is an agreement entered into with the Secretariat of the Holy City, within the development plan for the holy sites, and that the company is now working to increase the pace of building walls and completed before the start of the pilgrimage season. He pointed out that they are doing their best to complete the work as soon as possible because this period is the period of visits by pilgrims and visitors to the Sacred House.

He pointed out that there are some behaviors that come from some visitors to the cemeteries and Kelhoudor accessible, so they put plates guiding their learning and their attitude to the queue and places of visits, and standing outside the walls of tombs.

He said that the company Aallnana lengthening the high gates of the new cemetery to between 1.5 - 2.00 m, and worked to create a modern gates are characterized by new forms, through which the visitor and pass-through stand and see the cemetery full of tombs inside completely Baqi in Medina.

He stated that he will create a branch off the main gate of which several gates each gate separately, there are gates to the dignitaries and officials and diplomatic delegations and other gate to the public. He pointed out that
Completion of the final stage will be before the start of holy month of Ramadan.
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The smallest, the biggest and now ...the longest!

Iraqi aims to write world’s longest copy of Quran



Hussein al-Kharsan aims to set a Guinness World Record by writing the longest copy of the Quran in the world. (AFP)

Friday, 04 May 2012

Hussein al-Kharsan kneels, bent over a giant sheet of paper, laboriously writing the words of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, in beautiful Arabic script with a traditional wood and feather pen.

The 25-year-old Iraqi aims to take an unusual path to fame: writing the longest copy of the Quran in the world. Kharsan says the scroll is to be between 5,500 and 6,000 metres long, or 3.4 and 3.7 miles.

His aim, he says, is to set a Guinness World Record.

If that happens, it will be another entry on the Islamic holy text, which expressly prohibits the consumption of alcohol, in a record book conceived by the managing director of a brewery.

The copy of the Quran was supposed to be shown this year, when Najaf was to be the Islamic Capital of Culture, but that project has been postponed indefinitely amid serial delays and allegations of corruption.

It has not however stopped Kharsan, who graduated from Baghdad University’s college of fine arts, from continuing his work inside a religious school in Najaf, despite pains in his neck and back from long hours of carefully writing out one verse after another.

“At the beginning, the agreement was to finish the work in six months, on the basis of writing three pages out of 503 pages of the Quran every day,” Kharsan said

“I succeeded at the beginning and worked for 16 hours a day for more than two weeks until I started suffering pains,” he said.

“The doctor asked me to stop working for about a month but I refused and told him that I work with the blessings of the Koran. Now I take pain-killing pills and work for five hours a day, which means I need about a year to finish.”

Kharsan, who began participating in Arabic calligraphy competitions when he was just nine years old, writes on four pieces of white paper that are each 1,500 metres long.

He has succeeded in copying 13 pages of the Koran since he started his work about a month ago.


Arabic calligraphy is one of the most prominent forms of Arab and Islamic art

“We are the people of Arabic calligraphy,” said Sheikh Ali Merza, the principal of the school where Kharsan is working on the Quran.

“Kufi calligraphy (named after Najaf's twin city of Kufa) is well known, and when we want to do calligraphy, it is not something new for us because we practised this kind of art historically,” Merza said.

He added that Kharsan’s work will be displayed in Najaf, even if the Capital of Islamic Culture project does not go ahead.

Guinness World Records does not have any entries for the longest Quran, but the largest printed copy measures two metres (6.5 feet) high and 1.52 metres (4 feet, 11 inches) wide, and was unveiled in Russia last November.

The smallest copy, printed in Cairo in 1982 and owned by a Pakistani man, is 1.7 by 1.3 centimetres (0.66 by 0.5 of an inch), but still 571 pages long.

The biggest book in the world, meanwhile, measures five by 8.06 metres (16.4 by 26.44 feet) and weighs some 1,500 kilogrammes (3,306 pounds). It is on the life and achievements of the Prophet Mohammed, and was unveiled in Dubai in February.

“It is very nice to do work that is related to the Koran or (holy) shrines,” Kharsan said. “This is a blessed work. But at the same time, my name will be part of history, because we compete on an international level.”

“I do not take any salary for my work, although there is an agreement that I get a percentage of the budget of the project, which is about 100 million dinars ($83,300).”

“I feel proud of what I am accomplishing, and all I want is to leave my mark.”

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Journey to Mecca tells the story of Ibn Battuta (played by Chems Eddine Zinoun), a young scholar who leaves Tangier, Morocco in 1325 on an epic and perilous journey, traveling, often alone, some 3,000 miles to the east, to Mecca (Makkah), located in modern day Saudi Arabia.

Ibn Battuta is besieged by countless obstacles as he makes his way across the North African desert and the Middle East. Along the route he meets an unlikely stranger, the Highwayman (played by Hassam Ghancy) who becomes his paid protector and eventual friend. During his travels he is attacked by bandits, rescued by Bedouins, and forced to retrace his route by a war-locked Red Sea.

Ibn Battuta finally joins the legendary Damascus pilgrimage Caravan with thousands of pilgrims bound for Mecca for the final leg of what would become an 18 month long journey to Mecca.

When he arrives in Islam's most holy sanctuary, he is a man transformed. We then experience the Hajj as he did over 700 years ago, and, in recognition of the Hajj's timelessness, we dissolve to the Hajj as it is still performed today, by millions of pilgrims, in some of the most extraordinary and moving IMAX® footage ever presented on screen.Ibn Battuta would not return home for almost 30 years, travelling to over 40 countries and revisiting Mecca five more times to perform the Hajj. He would travel three times farther then Marco Polo.Ibn Battuta's legacy is one of the greatest travel journals ever recorded. A crater on the moon is named in his honour.Ibn Battuta crisscrossed the world, visiting Africa, Spain, India and China, and travelled some 75,000 miles.At the request of the Sultan of Morocco, Ibn Battuta dictated his reminiscences, which became one of the world's most famous travel books, The Rihla.

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature, filmed in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in both English and Arabic, with background Berber. The film tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta and his first pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah). His perilous journey presents an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century.

The movie is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah) that draws three million Muslims from around the world every year who perform rituals that have taken place annually for over 1,400 years.

IMAX® films take people to places they might otherwise never go, from mountaintops, the deep sea and space. The Hajj, the longest running congregation of humans annually on planet earth, is a unique experience for the giant screen. For non- Muslims it is the closest they will ever come to witnessing this extraordinary pilgrimage, and for Muslims it takes on an even deeper significance

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Really good video...Inside a Masjid al Haram..

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Really good video...Inside a Masjid al Haram..

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Shariah violation

Pakistan Govt paid fine for ex-PM’s Umrah faux pas


Official documents reveal that former premier Shaukat Aziz and his entire 50-member delegation violated
a Shariah tenet while circumambulating the Kaabah during their Umrah in 2007.

ISLAMABAD: May 17, 2012

Pakistan’s mission in Jeddah had to pay 19,500 riyals (Rs472,660) in religious fine to the Saudi Arabian authorities in 2007 because then-prime minister and his elaborate entourage had violated a basic and widely-known Shariah condition while performing Umrah, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to Islamic Shariah, it is mandatory for every male intending pilgrim to wear Ahram (traditional white, unstitched robe consisting of two sheets) before entering the geographical limits of Meeqat, Kaabah, while performing Umrah.

However, if a pilgrim performs Umrah, and does Tawaf-e-Kaabah (circumambulation of the Kaabah) without wearing Ahram after crossing into Meeqat, will be liable to slaughter a goat or pay its price to the poor as fine (damm).

Official documents reveal that former premier Shaukat Aziz and his entire 50-member delegation violated this Shariah tenet while circumambulating the Kaabah during their Umrah in 2007.

While performing Umrah, it’s mandatory for the pilgrims to circumabulate the Kaabah seven times anti-clockwise.

Ironically, neither Premier Aziz nor any member of his delegation knew about the Ahram condition and were hence fined for violating the Shariah tenet.

The auditor general of Pakistan (AGP), in his report for 2008-09, raised objection to the payment of 19,500 riyals from the public exchequer for the religious mistake of Premier Aziz and his delegation.

The report says that Pakistan’s Consulate General in Jeddah, in violation of rules, also spent around 34,354 riyals on the purchase of Ahrams, costly dates (Ajwa) and Aab-e-Zam Zam for the premier and his delegation as a gift.

The AGP recommended to the ministry of foreign affairs to recover the amount from those officials who spent the public money without any authorisation.

Sources, however, say that the foreign ministry is still squabbling over the mode of recovering the money from the officials. Some officials believe that the amount should be recovered from Aziz and his delegation members.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2012.

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Transport minister, SRO chief inspect Haramain rail project


Dammam: Saeed Al-Asmari

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry inspected a number of ongoing railway and road projects in the western region on Tuesday.

Among the prominent sites he visited was the Rabigh-Jeddah section of the high-speed Haramain Railway project. The minister was accompanied among others by Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Abdul Aziz M. Al-Hokail and Saudi Railway Co. (SAR) CEO Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih.

According to Al-Hokail, the minister visited the sites and took a good look at the Jeddah railway station currently under construction. The minister also inspected a number of bridges and tunnels constructed for the smooth running of the railway.

The minister was briefed about the developments during the first phase of the project. The first phase consists of two sections. Under the first section, land has to be reclaimed and it has to be dug and cut, and then the tracks are to be laid. Some old bridges in Jeddah have to be rebuilt. “Now, we are working on building four new bridges and a tunnel. They are expected to be complete by the end of this year,” said Al-Hokail. “The second part will include the building of four new railways stations to be connected with Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Madinah.” During the visit to Rabigh, the minister met contractors and consultants on the project and discussed with them the project progress and timeline.
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