Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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Assalamualaikum,

Peace be upon you,

This blog is meant to provide a quick and simple guidance to navigate through Masjidil Haram in Mecca for the 1437H / 2016 Hajj season.

It can be perplexing and confusing to walk through the masjid and lose your way around. This is due to sheer size of the masjid, the similar look between one place to another and the ever-changing dynamics of the on-going construction work around the masjid. I do hope that this simple blog can help you find your way around.

During Hajj season, the gates may be closed earlier to manage the crowds. The gates may be barricaded gradually as early as 1 hour to 1.5 hours before prayer time. The main gates will be closed first. Come early if you want to pray inside the masjid.

On Fridays during Hajj season, the gates may even be closed as early as 10 am before the Friday prayers. Come super early on Friday if you want to pray inside the masjid.

Disclaimer: The information here is not 100% accurate since I prepared this based on my own observation walking around the masjid with a smartphone previously, and with a little bit of research from the internet. I do apologize for this shortcoming but I still hope this guide will be useful for you.

May your hajj is accepted by Allah.. Amiin.

Yours sincerely,
Husni