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Tempat kelahiran Nabi Muhammad s.a.w di kekalkan dalam projek pembesaran Masjidil Haram

Alhamdulillah, doa telah di makbulkan. Rasa lega dan gembira apabila mengetahui bahawa tempat kelahiran Nabi Muhammad s.a.w tidak akan di musnahkan dalam projek pembinaan dan pembesaran Masjidil Haram. Syukur.

Berita lanjut daripada Saudi Gazzette yang bertarikh 25 April 2014  adalah seperti berikut:

Project of the century — Site of Prophet’s birth to be preserved within expanded Haram plaza

Saudi Gazette report

An architectural plan to restore the site believed to be the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as part of the largest ever expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah is ready for implementation.

The plan was made public amid unfounded reports being circulated in the international media that the site was going to be demolished soon.

A library called “Makkah Library,” which was built in 1951 in line with an order issued by King Abdulaziz, is situated right above the site. According to the plan, the site will be protected as a separate entity in the sprawling eastern plaza of the expanded mosque complex.

Authorities have made necessary changes in the architectural plan of the Haram expansion project so as to preserve the historic site, according to a report in Makkah daily. In the revised plan, the site is marked in green.

Described as the “project of the century”, the King Abdullah Expansion Project, costing over SR100 billion, is designed to increase the holy mosque’s capacity to more than two million worshippers. The total area of the existing mosque is 356,000 sq. meters accommodating 770,000 worshippers while the new expansion covers an area of 456,000 sq. meters and will accommodate an additional 1.2 million faithful.

Saudi Binladin Group is implementing the project, which was officially launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in August 2011. The project covers 400,000 sq. meters in the northwest and northeast of the mosque.

The project will be implemented in three parts: Construction of a new building; expansion and development of courtyards around the mosque, including walkways, tunnels and bathrooms; and development of service facilities for air-conditioning, electricity and drinking water.

The engineering division of the Saudi Binladin Group has approved the plan to include the House of Mawlid as part of the Grand Mosque expansion project in the pattern of tiered terrace structure starting from the western upper level of Jabal Khandama toward the eastern plaza of masaa (walking area between the mounts of Safa and Marwa as part of the saa’ie ritual).

According to the plan, the site of the Prophet’s birth will be separated from the eastern terraced plaza. The plaza complex will house, at its upper level, the new building for the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques and support services.

The terraced plaza will end in an opening, leading to two courtyards surrounded by corridors. The site of the Prophet’s birthplace will be preserved within one of these courtyards.

The concerned sources said they were not in a position to give an exact reply regarding the shape of the site after expansion works are completed. However, they noted that preserving the site is a move in the right direction.

Haram Library

According to the modified Haram expansion plan, the Haram Library complex will be situated in the western side of the expanded Haram courtyard near Jabal Kaaba.

This means that Makkah Library and Haram Library will be situated on the two edges of the expanded courtyard from east to west. The Haram Library will overlook the vast western courtyard spreading over a 10,000 sq. meter area.

The building will be situated between the courtyard and the major public transport station adjacent to the historic Tuwa Well in Jarwal district.

Last month, the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affaris said in a press statement that the Haram Library will be shifted to an area close to the Haram expansion project. The statement noted that King Abdullah approved setting up of the Haram Library at a suitable location near the Grand Mosque.

Over the past decade, the library was shifted at least five times to various locations in Makkah. At present, it is operating out of a rented multistory building in Al-Aziziyah district.

Facing Jabal Al-Kaaba Street, the new library will allow rooftop access from the services building within the Grand Mosque’s new expansion. The library will have sufficient space for men and women and will also cater to the reading needs of children.

According to the presidency statement, the library dates back to more than 12 centuries. It was built by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mahdi Bin Abi Jaafar Al-Mansour adjacent to the Zamzam well in 160 H (776 CE).

The new library building will have multipurpose facilities, including an academic center, and it will serve as a cultural and knowledge edifice of global stature with a capacity to hold 20 million titles

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