Image of The northern and northwestern areas designated to be absorbed by the latest Holy Mosque expansion after they were demolished and cleaned up

The Latest Expansion of al-Masjid al-Haram and the Case of Shamiyyah

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com   (Shamiyyah was one of the neighborhoods pulled down to make way for the latest Holy Mosque expansion. It lied north and slightly northwest of the Ka’bah, occupying significant segments of the Qu’ayqi’an range of hills. Pictures courtesy of the Omraniyoun Company) The late Custodian […]

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Image of The crown of a marble pillar from a colonnade or an arcade of al-Masjid al-Haram dating back to the Ottoman period.

Al-Masjid al-Haram from the Era of al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidun (Rightly-Guided Caliphs) to the Saudi Expansions

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com A section of al-Masjid al-Haram built by the Ottomans before it was demolished as part of the latest and grandest Saudi expansion of the Mosque.    After the epoch of al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidun (rightly-guided Caliphs) and until […]

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Lessons from the First Two Expansions of al-Masjid al-Haram

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The latest Saudi expansion of al-Masjid al-Haram is estimated to last till 2020. When completed, the Mosque will have a capacity to accommodate as many as two million worshippers. The expansion is tipped as the project of the […]

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