Author: Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri
Translator: Nasiruddin al Khattab
About the Book: This book mentions the different aspects of Makkah, and records the most important historical events that have direct effect on the establishment and sacredness of Makkah as well as its religious weight. It highlights the sites that are highly important whenever Makkah is mentioned like the Black Stone, Zamzarn Well and others. It designates a great part of the book speaking about the Holy Ka’bah and the Holy Mosque updating the extensions and the improvements, that have taken place from the time of Muhammad (S) to the Saudi era. At the end of the book there is a complete appendix about Hajj and its rites.
Publisher’s Foreword: This book sheds light on various aspects of the city of Makkah so that when he has finished the book, the reader will have an integrated picture of this holy city. This book is not purely historical, for we only relate here the historical events that have had a direct effect on Makkah and its development, sanctity and religious status. The book begins with a discussion of the sacred nature of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the boundaries of the Haram (Sanctuary) and its sanctity. Then it discusses the superiority of Makkah and narrates Ahadith to that effect. Then it mentions the names of Makkah and the significance of these names. This book also speaks of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isma’il (Ishmael) (peace be upon them) and their connection to Makkah and its sanctity and development. For Makkah derives its sanctity and high status from the presence of the Ka’bah in the city. An entire section of the book is devoted to the Ka’bah and discusses its origins and construction, the connection of Hajrah (Hagar) and Isma’il (A) to it, what has happened to it as it has been destroyed and rebuilt throughout the ages, and who its custodians have been. The book also discusses the holy places that are connected to it, such as the Maqam (the Station of Ibrahim), Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (the Black Stone), Al-Hijr and Al-Multazam. Naturally enough, the book devotes a considerable amount of attention to the well of Zamzam, describing the history of its origins, how it was re-dug, its superiority, how its water is used to treat sickness, and real-life examples of that. Then the book discusses the conquest of Makkah and its far-reaching effects on the history of Makkah and on the future of Islam and its spread, and how the House was cleansed of Shirk (polytheism) and the Mushrikun (polytheists). There are some important places that always come to mind when Makkah is mentioned, for they are strongly connected to it. It is essential to mention these places also which include: Hira’, the mountain of Thawr,’Arafat, Al-Muhassir, the mosque of Al-Khaif, Muzdalifah and the graveyard of Al-Mu’alla. At the end of the book, the reader will find a section devoted to discussion of Hajj and its rituals, because Hajj is strongly connected to Makkah and its sites in the minds of the Muslims. May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and all his family and Companions, and those who follow them in truth until the Day of Judgment.