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Makkah

Makkah al Mukarramah or Mecca (in full: Makkat al-Mukarramah ; Arabic: مكّة المكرمة‎) is an Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia's Makkah Province, in the historic Hejaz region. It has a population of 1,700,000 (2008 census). The city is located 73 kilometers (45 miles) inland from Jeddah, in a narrow valley, 277 metres (910 ft) above sea level. It is located 80 Kilometers (50 miles) from the Red Sea. Historically, the city has also been called Bakkah.

The city is revered by Muslims for containing the holiest site of Islam, the Grand Mosque of Mecca. A pilgrimage to Mecca during the season of the Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a sacred duty that is required of all able-bodied Muslims who can afford to go, at least once in their lifetime. People of other faiths are forbidden from entering the city.

The English word mecca (uncapitalized), meaning "A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest" or "A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire." is borrowed from Mecca.

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  • Zahrat Kudai, Rabia Bano (guest) wrote 8 days ago:
    please try to stay family member in a room for hajji persons. and food give them is very testy and healthy please.
  • DAR AL KHALIL AL RUSHD, Chahine (guest) wrote 8 days ago:
    Salam alaykom. May be 600 m.that's what our agency tell us. Good luck
  • Mina Towers, Anum (guest) wrote 19 days ago:
    Is it Tier tower?
  • The Yemeni Corner (al-Rukn al-Yamaani), JARE (guest) wrote 28 days ago:
    Dear brother shahnoor. What is the reference to this claim? if Saudi govt wants to hide the crack, why is the cover of kaaba has a window exactly at the place where rukun e yamani/point of entrance of hazrat fatima to kaaba.
  • Al-Ansar computer & English Institute, Tanveer (guest) wrote 1 month ago:
    Are you teaching computer
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