Mecca, officially Makkah al-Mukarramah (Arabic: مكة المكرمة, romanized: Makkat al-Mukarramah, lit. ‘Makkah the Noble’) and commonly shortened to Makkah,is the holiest city in Islam and the capital of the Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia.The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah on the Red Sea, in a narrow valley 277 m (909 ft) above sea level.
Its last recorded population was 1,578,722 in 2015.estimated metro population in 2020 is 2.042 million, making it the third-most populated city in the kingdom. Pilgrims more than triple this number every year during the Ḥajj pilgrimage, observed in the twelfth Hijri month of Dhūl-Ḥijjah.
Makkah has been referred to by many names. Much like most of Arabic, the etymology of Makkah, is obscure. Widely believed to be a synonym for Mecca, it is said to be more specifically the early name for the valley located therein, while Muslim scholars generally use it to refer to the sacred area of the city that immediately surrounds and includes the Ka’bah.
The Qur’an refers to the city as Bakkah in Surah Al Imran,verse 96,
“Indeed the first House [of worship], established for mankind was that at Bakkah…” – Qur’an 3:96
Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammad. The Hira cave located atop the Jabal al-Nur (“Mountain of Light”) is located just outside the city and is the location where Muslims believe the Qur’an was first revealed to Muhammad.Visiting Mecca for the Hajj is an obligation upon all able Muslims.
The Great Mosque of Mecca, known as the Masjid al-Haram is home to the Ka’bah, believed by Muslims to have been built by Abraham and Ishmael, is one of Islam’s holiest sites and the direction of prayer for all Muslims (qibla), cementing Mecca’s significance in Islam.
Muslim rulers from in and around the region long tried to take the city and keep it in their control, and thus, much like most of the Hejaz region, the city has seen several regime changes, which owes to its rich history. The city was finally conquered in the Saudi conquest of Hejaz by Ibn Saud and his allies in 1925. Since then.
Mecca has seen a tremendous expansion in size and infrastructure, with newer, modern buildings such as the Abraj Al Bait, the world’s fourth-tallest building and third-largest by floor area, towering over the Great Mosque. The Saudi government has also carried out a destruction of several historical structures and archaeological sites, such as the Ajyad Fortress.Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city.
Muslims from around the world visit the city, not only for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, but also as tourists to visit regional landmarks such as the ‘Aisha Mosque (Masjid ‘Aisha) and the sites visited by pilgrims in the Hajj and ‘Umrah. Mecca is now home to two of the most expensive buildings in the world, the Masjid al-Haram, valued at 100 billion US dollars and the Abraj al-Bait complex, valued at 15 billion US dollars.
I’m waiting to hear from God on church reopening – TB Joshua
“Good morning and win today! Following the announcement that church services will resume in Lagos on August 9th, 2020 – that is, this coming Sunday – I wish to commend the authorities for their efforts so far.
“However, having heard from the authorities, we are now waiting to hear from God.
“Please be assured that as soon as we hear from God, we will inform you when our services will resume. Emmanuel – God is with us,” he said.
BAKARE OPPOSES REOPENING OF WORSHIP CENTRES, TELLS MEMBERS TO STAY AT HOME
Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has directed members of his church to ignore the directive of the Lagos State Government on the reopening of worship centres in the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Saturday announced that mosques and churches in the state will reopen from August 7.
But Bakare, while speaking during an online service, faulted Governor Sanwo-Olu’s decision to reopen worship centres at a period the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control projected that COVID-19 may reach its peak.
The fiery preacher advised worshippers not to be “deceived by the government or religious leaders.”
Bakare warned, “I have to appeal to you once again, please keep safe and do your best to stay alive. Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, drive you like a sheep to the slaughter.
“If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the month of August is going to be the peak of the infection, why should they ask people to rush in (re-open the churches) again?
“Please keep safe and do your best to keep alive by keeping all the necessary rules. We know that by the grace of God this pandemic like the others before it has an expiry date. It shall not see our end. We shall see its end in the mighty name of Jesus.”
Bakare had said in June that his church would remain shut “until the coast is clear.”
CAN STAGES INDOOR PROTEST AGAINST KILLINGS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OF RECKLESS UTTERANCES
By Ibrahim Hassa…
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State has staged an indoor protest and prayers against continued killings in Southern Kaduna. The aggrieved Christians on Sunday, displayed banners with messages such as “stop the killings in Southern Kaduna, CAN say no to continued killings, speak for the citizens not the bandits, enough of the bloodshed, widows and organs are increasing, declare bandits as terrorist, government must rise to their responsibility” among others.
They asked God to intervene and restore peace in all the troubled areas. It was at the Evangelical Winning All Church (ECWA) Narayi high cost had Christians in their hundreds all wearing black attires engaged in fierce prayers for peace in Nigeria, Kaduna State and Southern Kaduna.
They called the event , ‘Black Sunday’,and various Pastors prayed against the killings. The President of the Kaduna Baptist Conference of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, Revered Ishaya Adamu Jangado urged the congregation not to be silent in the face of injustice but to always seek the face of God in prayers. The CAN Chairman Kaduna State chapter, Reverend John Joseph Hayab said that the prayers will hold all through the Sundays in the month of August.
“it is sad that elected government officials has now become spokesperson for bandits. It is a confirmation that they know them, the government must come out clean and put the bandits who are enemies of the nation on the run”.
The man of God wondered why killings will continue unabated amidst imposition of curfew. The law must be for everybody regardless of his or her religion. He told to avoid reckless utterances and “diarrhoea of the mouth which is killing Kaduna State and Nigeria.”
“I wish to say that Kaduna State is governed with propaganda, I want peace but peace built on the foundation of falsehood must not be tolerated”. Also,Kaduna State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet called on government at all levels to give priority to the protection of lives and property of her citizens.
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