Most of you would know the origin of the holy land Mecca. Its goes as far as prophet Ibrahim when God All Mighty ordered him and his son Ismail to RE-BUILD the Kaaba (The cube structure in Mecca). Adam was the first one to build it, but after Noah time, it swept the Kaaba and only foundation remained. Ibrahim was asked to build on top these foundations. Hence the Kaaba was rebuild. Prophet Mohammed is a descendant of Prophet Ismail, somewhere in between people lost theirs ways and started worshipping status, its was the prophet Mohammed who reclaimed Mecca glory as the house of worshipping god and only god. The story is long, but this is the jist of it, hence it goes without saying it’s the most sacred site in Islam.
The building has a mosque built around it, the Masjid al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are. This is called facing the Qiblah.
Through out my journey I had my trusted Leica M9 with me with my two favorite lens (35mm Summicron and the 50m Summilux).
In general taking photos inside the mosque is forbidden, however small cameras is let by. I didnt see anyone having the bulky Nikon and Canon DSLR at any given time, but there were alot who were using their phone camera and as well compact cameras. And this is one of the main advantage of the Leica M9, its performs like the best DSLR and at the same time its stealth and small.
I wont go all spiritual on you guys, but let me tell you this, I had traveled alot of places around the world, this by far is the best place I ever traveled and definitely travel again and again. Its just mind blowing, amazing, and a dream for every Muslim around the world. .
I apologize of not having more photos, but my objectives was spirtual, so none of these photos were pre planned, rather taken on random. Hope your like them, let me know what you think about them?