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Old July 8th, 2011, 02:02 AM   #8541
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Old July 8th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #8542
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Old July 8th, 2011, 03:42 AM   #8543
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congrats, very nice tower.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 03:59 AM   #8544
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Old July 8th, 2011, 05:26 AM   #8545
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Will the tips of the crescent remain hollow?
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Old July 8th, 2011, 05:29 AM   #8546
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Though I don't really like this tower ;Roukaya19 ' pic is awesome
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Old July 8th, 2011, 05:46 AM   #8547
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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:59 AM   #8548
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Tallest golden minaret in the world
stands on top of Makkah Clock Tower



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Okaz/Saudi Gazette - 6 July 2011

MAKKAH – The tallest golden minaret in the world, which has been erected on top of the Makkah Clock Tower, will broadcast the call for prayer (Adhan) from the Grand Mosque in Makkah through special loudspeakers that will carry the sounds to people almost 7 kilometers away.

On special Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of the Hijri months and Eids, 16 special vertical lights will flash 10 kilometers into the sky.

During the Adhan, 21,000 lamps on the highest point on Makkah Clock send brilliant white and green lights to the sky; they can be seen from a distance of 30 kilometers. The lights indicate the beginning of time for prayer, especially for people with special needs such as those with weak hearing and those far away from the Grand Mosque.

The Makkah Clock Tower stands 601 meters. The height of the clock from its base to the highest point at the peak of the crescent is 251 meters.

The tower’s height makes it the world’s second-tallest building after the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The clock, which began showing time about 11 months ago, is part of the structure that cost some SR11 billion to construct, officials have said.

The front and rear of the four faces are 43 meters by 43 meters and the two side faces are 43 meters by 39 meters.

“Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest), in Arabic, can be seen on the top part of the clock.

The letter “Alif” in “Allah” is more than 23 meters tall and the crescent, with a 23-meter diameter, is the largest crescent ever made.

The two testimonies, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” can be seen at the top of the two side faces of the clock, which has been designed in an Islamic style, according to the most precise Islamic criteria.

The clock, which weighs 36,000 tons, is more than six times larger in diameter than London’s famed Big Ben.

During the day its face is white and the indicators are black. At night, the face changes to green and the indicators change to white.

More than 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic embellish the sides of the clock, which is visible from all corners of the city, SPA has said. Elevators will take visitors up to a huge viewing balcony just underneath the faces, a four-story astronomical observatory and an Islamic museum. The Clock Tower is the landmark feature of the seven-tower King Abdulaziz Endowment hotel complex. The project is part of efforts to develop the old city and make it more capable of catering to pilgrims.

The clock reflects a goal by some Muslims to replace the 127-year-old Universal Time standard – originally called Greenwich Mean Time – with Makkah Mean Time.

At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and scholars said Makkah time is the true global meridian. They said Makkah is the center of the world and that the Greenwich standard was imposed by the West in 1884.

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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:08 AM   #8549
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some interesting stuff i didnt know before, nice
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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #8550
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At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and scholars said Makkah time is the true global meridian. They said Makkah is the center of the world and that the Greenwich standard was imposed by the West in 1884.
I lol'd at this.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:30 AM   #8551
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I lol'd at this.
Islam can use whatever meridian they want for the clock. Rest assured, if they were to go that route there will be an app for that in no time.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #8552
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Old July 8th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #8553
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On Pakistani tv!

Makkah Clock Tower PKG

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Old July 8th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #8554
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Mecca Clock Tower

Now that the crescent is on, the tower looks even more beautiful than before! Very pretty pictures.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #8555
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The clock reflects a goal by some Muslims to replace the 127-year-old Universal Time standard – originally called Greenwich Mean Time – with Makkah Mean Time.

At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and scholars said Makkah time is the true global meridian. They said Makkah is the center of the world and that the Greenwich standard was imposed by the West in 1884.
This is dissappointing enough I'm compelled to comment. GMT wasn't "imposed" but was an agreed upon, scientific measure to enable global synchronization. Those that didn't adopt it at first came aboard after seeing the benefits of a universal standard. Thus, if these clerics are serious then they'd also be hypocritical based upon their desire to impose on everyone else a new standard, and based on religion at that.

Leaves a sour taste in my mouth as I view that clock, now.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #8556
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Leaves a sour taste in my mouth as I view that clock, now.
Oh, it's still running at GMT+3, so save your sour taste until they change it, that is IF they will change it.
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This is dissappointing enough I'm compelled to comment. GMT wasn't "imposed" but was an agreed upon, scientific measure to enable global synchronization. Those that didn't adopt it at first came aboard after seeing the benefits of a universal standard. Thus, if these clerics are serious then they'd also be hypocritical based upon their desire to impose on everyone else a new standard, and based on religion at that.

Leaves a sour taste in my mouth as I view that clock, now.
Here, HERE!

Let's all think back to what the world was like in 1884 and where the center of shipping, industrialization and commerce (For the world) was based out of.

Now, with that image in mind... Why would anyone at that time, (trying to synchronize shipping times and arrivals of valuable goods for an entire continent) have chosen a sand swept, sparsely populated, religious outpost as the prime meridian?

There was no Worldwide commerce being done in Makkah at the time and no need for a standardized timetable centered on their location. It is only the center of the Muslim World and Allah doesn't care what time it is.

If the Muslim World wants to change their standard, they are welcome to. The rest of the World will use the time that is most convenient to them and one that would not require billions of dollars, in wasted money, to implement.
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Oh, it's still running at GMT+3, so save your sour taste until they change it, that is IF they will change it.
Yes...that is IF they will change it!

Last year they made a poll on this and only 15% of muslims agreed to change the time.

So calm down people!
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That's good. It wouldn't resonate well with the rest of the world if they did.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #8560
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Last year they made a poll on this and only 15% of muslims agreed to change the time.
Which is nice to hear, but it's never the lay public of any culture that worries me.

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