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Al-Masjid Al-Haram Expansion Project

By August 22, 2011

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The government of Saudi Arabia has announced an initiative which will expand the Grand Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Haram) in Makkah to accommodate an increasing numbers of pilgrims and worshippers. The Arab News reports that the expansion project will add 400,000 square meters, nearly doubling the existing space, and increasing its total capacity to 2.5 million worshippers at a time.

The mosque expansion will take place to the northwest and northeast of the existing mosque structure, and will cost approximately 80 billion SAR ($21 billion USD).

Anyone who has been watching the taraweeh prayers in Makkah over the past few weeks can easily see that an expansion of the existing mosque is needed.  Worshippers regularly take over the surrounding streets, which is both unsafe and uncomfortable.  The only other option would be for the Saudi government to severely restrict the number of pilgrims and visitors, which they are reluctant to do.

Photo: A model of the expansion of the Grand Mosque, Al-Masjid Al-Haram, in Makkah (SPA).

August 23, 2011 at 4:40 am
(1) sis in islam says:

Alhamdhulillah! this is a great initiative of the Saudi government. May this project be completed rapidly and succesfully :) Ramadan and Eid Mubarak to Huda and all muslim brothers and sisters who read this. Wa’salaam alaikum.

August 24, 2011 at 1:05 am
(2) Not preferred says:

Why are they calling this sunnah a haram project?

August 24, 2011 at 2:05 am
(3) islam says:

My apologies for the confusion. The masjid in Makkah is called “Al-Masjid Al-Haram” so the word refers to the name of the masjid, not that the expansion project is haram (forbidden). I have changed the title of this blog post to avoid further confusion.

September 7, 2011 at 10:06 am
(4) shahzad says:

alham du lillah

June 20, 2013 at 9:32 am
(5) ahmed says:

bismihi ta a la
the grand expansion taking place while worshippers continue with their 5 times salat unhindered including tawaf/shahe & various other nobel activities Alhumdolillah
this types of expansion & construction work only SAUDI GOV can fullfil amicabily the resource & experties involved is unbeliveable
we pray to Allah swt 4 quick & easy
Aameen summa Aameen

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