Tag Archives: Mecca

At the Tomb of the Prophet 1988

It’s 5 A.M. in Jedda when I touch down. The atmosphere here beside the Red Sea feels like the inside of a sauna, fiercely hot and dripping damp. I struggle through customs and look about for my guide. No foreigner wanders the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unaccompanied, Zayd al-Badawi, my former tutor, philosopher and guide […]

Mecca…in brief

Mecca was a holy site for as long as the Arabs had any memory of the place, and whatever the surmises regarding the origin of that sanctity, the Muslims traced the holiness of its sanctuary back to Adam who was directed there and built a cube-like house (kacba) directly beneath an identical  structure in heaven. […]