Ka’aba Tops List Of Most Expensive Buildings On Earth At A Cost of $100 Billion.

 

“As a place of worship, the mosque is currently built on a-one million (1,000,000) square meters of dedicated space and expanding”

*Masjid al-Haram, The Grand Mosque in Mecca (Photo by Thamer Al-Hassan on Flickr)

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The Grand Mosque, Masjid Al-Haram which incases the Ka’aba is reputed as the most expensive building on earth, recent research has been unveiled. According to Islamic history, it is the oldest sanctuary of worship built by a man, having been constructed by Prophet Abraham as the site for the sacrifice of his first son Ismail, (Ishmael).

As a place of worship, the mosque is currently built on a-one million (1,000,000) square meters of dedicated space and expanding. Some of its’s main features are:

  • It can accommodate two (2) million people;
  • Receives twenty (20) million visitors annually;
  • Open twenty -four (24) hours. It has never been completely closed in over 1400 years;
  • Has 1800 cleaners and 40 electric sanitary cleaning cars;
  • Has 60 electric sanitary machines to clean open courtyards;
  • Have 2000 Sanitary barrels spread throughout the premises;
  • The floor is covered with 40000 carpets (longer than the distance between Jeddah and Makkah (79km).

*Muslim pilgrims circle around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque to perform the Tawaf as part of the Hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The mosque currently has a total of:

  • 13,000 toilets, cleaned four (4) times/6 hours daily;
  • 25,000 water dispensers (one of the largest water dispensing systems in the world);
  • 100 random samples of drinking water are inspected daily;
  • Excess water from Zamzam Well is stored in storage tanks with a capacity of 1,700,000 1.7 million, water bottles (capacity of 10 litres);
  • HARAMAIN recitation service: broadcast recitation of the Quran; 24/7; recitation using all ten (10) recognised methods of recitation of the Qur’an; more than 500,000 Half a million episodes in 180 countries have been aired in three (3) years;
  • More than 2,000 safety deposit boxes (to keep personal belongings safe)
  • Hundreds of air conditioning units (for cooling) are scattered inside the Mosque;
  • The floor of the Mosque reflects light and heat thus improving the regulation of heat on the premises.

*The Grand Mosque in 1850

Electronic gadgetry includes:

  • Electronic tour guide application that can show the location of any part of the Mosque;
  • Detailed and highly efficient audio system;
  • The sound system in the Grand Mosque is one of the largest and most complex sound systems in the world;
  • Audio system error margin: 0%;
  • 6000 speakers;
  • Four (4) different audio systems;
  • Fifty (50) sound engineering personnel;
  • Copies of the Quran are translated into 65 different languages;
  • Translation of each Friday sermon into five (5) different languages

Services/facilities for the disabled include, 10,000 regular wheelchairs available for use, free of charge, 400 electronically guided wheelchairs available, Automatic wheelchairs (2 wheels and 3 wheels)

RAMADAN special services include the following but are expanded annually:

  • 4 million free meals for breaking fast every day, throughout Ramadan;
  • 5,000,000 dates (seed discarded) are distributed in the mosque area every day during Ramadan;
  • After breaking fast, remove food and equipment to clean the place of Maghrib prayer (Sallah) is done in two minutes only!

According to Wikipedia, the Kaaba and the Mataaf are surrounded by pilgrims every day of the Islamic year, except the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, known as the Day of Arafah, (today 7th of June, 2022) on which the cloth covering the structure, known as the Kiswah (Arabic: كسوة, romanized: Kiswah, lit. ’Cloth’) is changed. However, the most significant increase in numbers of attendance is during Ramadan and the Hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather for Tawaf. According to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, 6,791,100 external pilgrims arrived for the Umrah pilgrimage in the Islamic year AH 1439 (2017/2018 CE).

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