This book offers complete historical picture of the City of Makkah right from the time when the Prophet was born till the present day. It stresses on the sacredness of the city and its salient features that distinguish it from any other place in the world. It can equip anyone with essentials of Hajj, rites and rituals included in this religious act, and also about the geographical history i.e., expansion of the city during centuries etc. It also highlights sacred sites in Makkah and reflects upon their significance in Islamic history. A great book to read about Makkah.
- Mentions the different aspects of Makkah, and records the most important historical events that have direct effect on the establishment and sacredness of Makkah as well as its religious weight.
- Highlights the sites that are highly important whenever Makkah is mentioned like the Black Stone, Zamzarn Well and others.
- Designates a great part of the book speaking about the Holy Ka'bah and the Holy Mosque updating the extensions and the improvements, that have taken place from the time of Muhammad (S) to the Saudi era.
- At the end of the book there is a complete appendix about Hajj and its rites.
This book sheds light on various aspects of the city of Makkah, so that when he has finished the book, the reader will have an integrated picture of this holy city. This book is not purely historical, for we only relate here the historical events that have had a direct effect on Makkah and its development, sanctity and religious status.
The book begins with a discussion of the sacred nature of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the boundaries of the Haram (Sanctuary) and its sanctity. Then it discusses the superiority of Makkah and narrates Ahadith to that effect. Then it mentions the names of Makkah and the significance of these names.
This book also speaks of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isma'il (Ishmael) (peace be upon them) and their connection to Makkah and its sanctity and development. For Makkah derives its sanctity and high status from the presence of the Ka'bah in the city. An entire section of the book is devoted to the Ka'bah and discusses its origins and construction, the connection of Hajrah (Hagar) and Isma'il (A) to it, what has happened to it as it has been destroyed and rebuilt throughout the ages, and who its custodians have been. The book also discusses the holy places that are connected to it, such as the Maqam (the Station of Ibrahim), Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (the Black Stone), Al-Hijr and Al-Multazam.
Naturally enough, the book devotes a considerable amount of attention to the well of Zamzam, describing the history of its origins, how it was re-dug, its superiority, how its water is used to treat sickness, and real-life examples of that.
Then the book discusses the conquest of Makkah and its far-reaching effects on the history of Makkah and on the future of Islam and its spread, and how the House was cleansed of Shirk (polytheism) and the Mushrikun (polytheists).
There are some important places that always come to mind when Makkah is mentioned, for they are strongly connected to it. It is essential to mention these places also which include: Hira', the mountain of Thawr,'Arafat, Al-Muhassir, the mosque of Al-Khaif, Muzdalifah and the graveyard of Al-Mu'alla.
At the end of the book the reader will find a section devoted to discussion of Hajj and its rituals, because Hajj is strongly connected to Makkah and its sites in the minds of the Muslims.
May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and Companions, and those who follow them in truth until the Day of Judgment.
Abdul-Malik Mujahid, General Manager
Table of Contents
The importance and religious status of Makkah Al-Mukarramah
The sanctity of Makkah
The boundaries of the Haram (Sanctuary)
The sanctity of the Haram
The names of Makkah
The superiority of Makkah
Living in Makkah
Description of the Holy Ka'bah and the history of its construction and maintenance
--- The construction of the Ka'bah
--- How Ibrahim (A) and Isma'il (A) built the Ka'bah
--- How Quraish rebuilt the Ka'bah
--- The Prophet put the Black Stone in place
--- How Ibn Az-Zubair rebuilt the Ka'bah
--- The incident of the Elephant
--- The destruction of the Ka'bah at the end of time
Custodianship of the Ka'bah
The cover of the Ka'bah
--- The cover before Islam
--- The covering of the Ka'bah in Islamic times
--- The cover during the Saudi period
Maqam Ibrahim (the Station of Ibrahim) and its virtues
The virtues of the Black Stone
The well of Zamzam
--- The disappearance of Zamzam
--- 'Abdul-M uttalib redug the well of Zamzam
--- The names of Zamzam
The water of Zamzam and its virtues
--- Zamzam is healing
--- And it is food
--- Stories of the healing of the sick with Zamzam water
--- The conquest of Makkah
--- The armies enter Makkah
--- The people's oath of allegiance to Allah's Messenger
--- The length of the Prophet's stay in Makkah and some of
--- the important things that he did
--- The ban on the Mushrikun entering At-Masjid Al-Haram
The development of Al-Masjid Al-Haram throughout the ages
--- The era of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and those who came after them
--- The addition of'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair
--- The addition of Abu JaTarAl-Mansur
--- The addition ofAl-Mahdi
--- The addition of Dar An-Nadwah
--- The Gate of Ibrahim
--- The development of Sultan Saleem
Expansion of Al-Masjid Al-Haram during the Saudi era
--- Beginning of expansion
--- The first expansion - 1375 AH/1956 CE
--- The expansion of King Fahd bin 'Abdul-'Aziz Aal Sa'ud (may Allah protect him) - 1409 All/ 1988 CE
Unification of the prayer halls of the Haram
--- Historical sites in Makkah
--- Jabal Hira'
--- Jabal Thawr
--- Masjid Al-Khaif and its virtues
--- The graveyard of Al-Mu'alla
--- Masjid At-Tan'im
--- Masjid Al-Ji'ranah
--- MasjidAl-Jinn (the Mosque of the Jinn)
--- The Miqats of Ihram
--- The Sunnahs of Ihram
--- Hajj of a minor
--- Things that are prohibited during Ihram
The amount of the Fidyah (expiation or ransom)
--- The penalty for hunting
--- Obligation of offering the Hady (sacrifice) for those who are doing Tamattu 'and Qiran
--- The Fidyah to be given by one who is prevented from doing Hajj if he cannot find a Hady
--- The Fidvah for having intercourse or doing any of the things that lead to it
The pillars and obligatory duties of Hajj
The pillars and obligatory duties of 'Umrah
What the pilgrim should do when he enters Makkah
As-Safa and Al-Marwah, and the command to do Sa'y
Going out to Mina
Going out to'Arafat
--- What is meant by standing in'Arafat
--- The conditions of standing in'Arafat
Departing to Muzdalifah and spending the night there
--- is anyone excused from staying overnight in Muzdalifah?
--- The ruling on staying overnight in Muzdalifah
The return to Mina
The first stage of exiting Ihram
Sa 'y for those who are doing Tamattu'
The obligation of offering a sacrifice (Hady) for those doing Tamattu' and Qiran
--- Conditions of the Hady
The order of rituals on the day of Sacrifice
The second stage of exiting Ihram
Going back to Mina
Conditions of stoning the Jamarat
Some charitable institutions and universities in Makkah Al Mukarramah
Muslim World League (Rabitah Al-'A lam AI-Islami)
--- The main bodies and councils in the Muslim World League
Charitable Organization for Memorization of the Holy
Qur'dn (Jama'ah Khairiyah li Tahfizul-Qur'anil-Karim)
Ummul-Qura University (Jami'at Ummul-Aura)
Madrasah Darul-Hadith Al-Khairiyah
The most famous Libraries in Makkah Al-Mukarramah
--- Maktabah Al-Haram Al-Makki (Library of the Makkan Sanctuary)
--- Al-Maktabah Al-'Ammah (Public Library) - belonging to the Board of Education
--- Maktabah Jami' Al-Furqan
--- Maktabah Jami'at Ummul-Aura
--- Maktabah Makkah
Some other historical locations in Makkah Al-Mukarramah