Once a dusty desert town, Mecca, in what is now , is today the real Mecca for Muslims. Other than being the foremost place of pilgrimage for Muslims worldwide, it is the cultural capital of the Islamic world and a true melting pot of worldwide Muslims.

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The Kaaba, also referred to as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah, also spelled Ka'bah, is a building at the center of Islam's most important mosque, Great Mosque of Mecca, in the city of Mecca, . Photo: al-fassam, CC BY 2.0.

The is a rock set into the eastern corner of the , the ancient building in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, .

Safa and Marwa are two small hills now located in the Great Mosque of Mecca, in the region of .

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The Maqām Ibrāhīm is a stone associated with Ibrahim, Ismail and their rebuilding of the in what is now the Great Mosque of Mecca in .

The Arabic term ḥaram has a meaning of "sanctuary" or "holy shrine" in the Islamic faith or Arabic language.


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