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Abraj al Bait of Mecca: 2nd Largest Tower in the World

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A video of the Zamzam Tower (one of the buidlings part of the Abraj al Bait)

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    1. Farzana November 20th, 2009 at 5:07 am

      The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “That slave women give birth to their mistresses; and that you see barefoot, unclothed, beginning shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings.” part of fuller hadith in sahih muslim.

      Among the signs of the Hour mentioned by the Noble Messenger of Allah – Allah bless and greet him and his Family and Companions – in Sahih al-Bukhari is “when the destitute (al-buhm) camelherds compete in building tall structures.” Another version in al-Bukhari has: “when the barefoot and the naked are the top leaders (lit. “heads”) of the people.” In Sahih Muslim: “you shall see the barefoot, naked, indigent (al-`âla) shepherds compete in building tall structures.” Another version in Muslim states: “when the naked and barefoot are the top leaders of the people.” A third version in Muslim has: “when you see that the barefoot and naked, the deaf and dumb are the kings of the earth.”

      Ibn Hajar said in commenting this passage of the hadith in Fath al-Bari:

      It was said that “bear-foot and naked,” “deaf and dumb” are their attributes by way of hyperbole, showing how coarse they are. That is, they did not use their hearing or sight in anything concerning their Religion even though they are of perfectly sound senses. The Prophet’s (saws) words: “The heads of the people” means the kings of the earth. Abu Farwas’ narration names the kings explicitly. What is meant by them is the people of the desert country, as was made explicit in Sulayman al-Taymi’s and other narrations: “Who are the barefoot and naked?” He answered: “The Bedouin Arabs.”

      Al-Tabarani relates through Abu Hamza, on the authority of Ibn `Abbas from the Prophet Muhammad, sallahu alayhi wa sallam, that “one of the signs of the change of the Religion is the affectation of eloquence by the rabble and their betaking to palaces in big cities.”

      Al-Qurtubi said: “What is meant here is the prediction of a reversal in society whereby the people of the desert country will take over the conduct of affairs and rule every region by force. They will become extremely rich and their primary concern will be to erect tall building and take pride in them. We have witnessed this in our time as well as the import of the hadith: “The hour will not rise until the happiest man will be the depraved son of a depraved father (lukka` ibn lukka`),” and also “if the leadership is entrusted to those unfit for it, then expect the hour,” both found in the authentic collections.”

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    2. Sulayman F November 20th, 2009 at 7:55 am

      I really don’t like this thing. It towers over all of Mecca. Don’t you think pilgrims will view it as a bit of a distraction in the skyline? Was there that much demand for it? Was the Mecca Hilton overbooked?

    3. al-suyuufi November 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am

      Aw man the clock thing kills it. Just makes it look like a modern version of the Big Ben which is also lame.

      But cooool, I like how it says “Allah” on top!

    4. abrar November 20th, 2009 at 10:24 am

      Are signs of the day of judgement by default negative?
      Like this one about sheppards building tall structures, we know it to be true, but is it necessarily a bad thing?
      It’s a sign for sure…

    5. someone November 20th, 2009 at 10:43 am

      I don’t know about all signs being negative, but common sense dictates that this sign is absurd, gawdy, and ugly.

      One would probably need binoculars to check time on that clock. What were they thinking? Ah! Only if they had the ability to think!

      I wonder what’s next?

    6. Shazan November 20th, 2009 at 11:56 am

      Its agreen upon by the ulema that you cannot come up with rulings based only on the signs of the hour.
      eg: you cannot say that decorating masaajids is haraam based only on the haadith of the prophet SAW where he mentioned it as being one of the signs of the hour (unless there are other evidences to support your postion).

      Same case with bedouins competing to build tall buildings.

    7. anotherperson November 20th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

      tallest tourist attraction in the world (other than dubai’s) and only Muslims can go! — beat that!

      I pray to Allah that it becomes a shelter for the hectic pilgrim mess that is usually in Mecca during this time of the year and that the builders/organizers obtain better then this in Jannah.


    8. imd November 20th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      wow no point whatsoever in building that.
      they’re gunna build it but no1 is going to live in it and its soo obvious they’re doing it for pride glory and competition
      didnt the people of Lut(as) do that? or was that another Prophet’s people?

    9. anon November 20th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      lol retarded arabs

    10. abrar November 20th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

      Its very easy to call them retarded, let’s see how well you would manage mecca and madina if you were put in charge.

    11. Husnain Ali November 20th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

      Seems more like a testament to the wealth the kingdom possesses. There’s nothing about this building to proclaim the greatness of Islam. It really doesn’t fit the character of the city. In my opinion it would have been better if they just spread the city outwards and spent all the money building the tower on an underground train system.

    12. Mohammed Khan November 20th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Saudi.

      How about curing world hunger now?

    13. Omar November 21st, 2009 at 6:09 pm

      Another message brought to you by:

      Saudis…we like to waste money on things that dont matter…

    14. Never been to Saudi Arabia.., November 21st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

      It’s interesting to look at though. I’ve heard a lot of complaints from the Hajji’s of last year that the construction sometimes distracts them from progressing with their Hajj. I heard from one Hajji that you can’t see the kabaa anymore from one part of safa-i-marwa. Is that true?

    15. Mohammed Khan November 21st, 2009 at 7:20 pm

      ^ It’s been like that for a while, you can’t really see the Kaaba when performing Sa’ee because there are a series of columns in the way

    16. skinnerbox November 22nd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

      You can tell it’s all about competition. When you enlarge the picture it says, “Each one 5 times larger than Big Ben” emphatically bolded. The other statement says its as high as the Willis Tower. It even has a chocolate room 8-). The flyer might as well say, “look, we’re this many times better than you are! neener-neener-neener.” I. don’t. like. it. one. bit!!!

    17. Zookeeper November 22nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

      well…they are building it anyway. If I could afford it I would definitely buy a suite.

    18. Asmarani November 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

      What a waste! Look at how these people are throwing their money away while the muslims all over the world are suffering. How many shoes does 3 billion buy? How many pairs of socks does 3 billion buy? This is a total outrage!!! May Allah remove their wealth and put it in the hands of those who truly care of the muslims.

    19. Concerned November 24th, 2009 at 11:10 am

      May Allah put better people in trust of their wealth.

    20. My lips like onion November 28th, 2009 at 9:59 am

      Anon is a retard. Haha, living in the UAE MEANS THAT I can see the tallest building in the world right out of my window.

    21. ibn Khalid November 28th, 2009 at 8:07 pm


    22. Headmo December 3rd, 2009 at 8:04 am

      Subhanallah, that is indeed the signs of the hour, rich saudi’ kings…..I feel bad for them. The pious calipha OMAR IBN KHATTAB used to cry at night because of fear of ruling unjustly and the punishment for that. Then we got the Saudi family…..

    23. Imam December 4th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

      Salamo Alaykom – will the poor be in this hotel as well, if not isn’t that seperating the rich from the poor in the most place in the world?

    24. Imam December 4th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      most holy place in the world*

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