Addressing Makkah, Prophet (Sallallahu-alaihi-wassalam) said "O Makkah! I swear by Allah that I am leaving you knowing that you are the most honourable and beloved city in Allah's sight. If only your residents had never forced me to leave, I would never have to leave you" <Tirmidhi, Hadith 3926>
The Holy Ka'aba and Masjid Al-Haram has been a destination for pilgrims from the time Ibrahim (Alaihis-salaam) reconstructed it along with Ismail (Alaihis-salaam). It will remain so until the end of this world. Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world gather in this holy city to perform the annual pilgrimage of Hajj.
Seeing the Ka'aba right in front of you is probably the most pleasing and heartwarming site for a Muslim, especially for the first time. Being in the sight of the Ka'aba and performing Salaath, Tawaf, supplicating, reciting the Quran, kissing the Hajar Aswad (black stone) and doing other acts of worship is a unique soul inspiring experience that one will never get elsewhere.
Some of the significant places in and around the The Holy Ka'ba include, the Multazam (The area between the Hajar Aswad and the door of the Ka'aba), the Hateem (The crescent shaped area next to the Ka'aba), Mizaab Rahmah (the water outlet attached to the roof of Ka'aba), Rukn Yamaani, the door of the Ka'aba, the Maqaam Ibraheem (alaihi-salaam), the well of Zam Zam, Mount Safa and Marwah.
The city and in particular the surrounding area of Masjid Al Haram is currently undergoing major changes to accommodate the ever increasing number of