The Saudis have spoiled Mecca – but the British Museum doesn’t want you to know

The Telegraph: Go to the British Museum’s Hajj exhibition if you want a close-up look at Egyptian textiles and medieval Turkish manuscripts.

But if you want to find out the truth about Mecca, and specifically how the Saudis have destroyed and spoiled some of the holiest sites in the Islamic world, you’d be better off staying at home to read this jaw-dropping article in the New Yorker by Basharat Peer.

Here’s what the British Museum didn’t let on in its blockbuster exhibition, which I visited last month.

Looming large over the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba (the black cube-shaped building that is the holiest site in Islam) is the largest and second tallest building in the world, called the Royal Mecca Clock Tower complex.

You can’t miss it (see pic above) – unless, it seems, you’re a British Museum curator. The 2,000-foot hotel certainly didn’t feature in the exhibition.

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  1. Deeply feel grieved and hurt at the totally mindless transformation and changes in the form and formations in the Holiest places of worship of the universe through the adoption of modren spiritless technology. May God bless the land of the Holy Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad, Peace be upon him,and let it return to the original shape and form of natural surroundings with the revival of the lasting, life-long spiritualism of deen-e-fitrat,called Islam, a religion of peace and salamati, for all the life t come, both within and without and throughout the world. Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

  2. It is all being done in the name of Wahhabism and accommodating the ever growing number of pilgrims during the Hajj.

    That is their excuse for wiping out all the Islamic historical places in Mecca and Medina.

    They seem to fear that Muslims are going to suddenly start worshiping these places instead of Allah. Doesn’t it occur to them that if Muslims have not started worshiping these historical places in the past 14 centuries, why would they start, now?

    In fact, it’s imposing their version of Islam (Wahhabism), on the world’s Muslims. And this (belief), also does not seem to stop them from making the holiest place of Islam into a concrete jungle and by extension ‘worshiping’ technology!

  3. “In partnership with King Abdulaziz Public Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”

    The Saudi regime debases everything it touches.

  4. I appreciate the sentiment to preserve the original, but, one should also consider the comfort afforded to the pilgrims by these skyscrapers, by hosting them so close to the Kaaba.

    My two cents!

    • “Comfort” is staying home. If we were even talking about work-residence distances… Teleportation is not travel and fully lacks spiritual benefit. You can’t walk to the site but then you gotta spin around a meteorite like a fool? An example of religions making people stupider.

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