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The Kaaba | by Naser M. Al-Sanousi
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The Kaaba

On the early hours after the sunrise I took this picture while I was in the holy city of Makkah and on the ground floor of the Masjed Al-Haram facing the Kaaba. It was really tough to take any picture in this holy site, especially with a large camera, because photography is not allowed.

 

The movement around the Kaaba is of Muslims performing a tawaf, which consists of circling the Kaaba seven times in a counter-clockwise direction.

 

"The Kaaba is the cube-shaped building in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. The building predates Islam, and, according to Islamic tradition, the first building at the site was built by Abraham. The building has a mosque built around it, the Masjed Al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are". (Kaaba, Wikipedia)

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Taken on January 15, 2010