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I have been coming to Makkah al Mukarramah for 45 years - since I was 8 - but today I climbed the 1111 steps (approximately) to Jabal Noor and the well known cave where Islamic revelation began almost 1400 years ago to the year (611 A.C.)
Taken: Mar 16, 2012
myself at the Hira
A view of the Hira Cave from the highest point of Mount Noor from where one needs to descend a bit
There were many cats here - being cared for and fed by the Pakistani cafeteria owner - so enterprising the Pakis have set up a tea stall at the top of the mountain.
The ubiquitous Pakistani beggars - an unfortunate national symbol (but perhaps sending back precious foreign exchange)
Mrs. Javed from New York - whom I met on the way up - slowly making her progress up the steps
Another view of the litter and rubbish on Jabal Noor. I wish that the Pakistani community in Jeddah takes up this task as a social concern
The whole path to the cave and a good part of the rocky hill side is littered with all manner of rubbish but mostly leftover water bottles, soft drink cans, plastic bags - and a lot of used writing implements. Every imaginable place is written with
At least two Pakistanis who actually were well prepared with white paint ...Mr. Ashraf from Chakwal and Shahid Jutt. I would support a ban on visitors here or at least a guard who would strip people of all writing implements.
A suburb of Makkah seen from Jabal Noor
Mr. Faisal Butt - obviously from Pakistan - having left his mark
My newly found friends from Islamabad/New York, Mr. and Mrs. Javed making their way up the 1100 or so steps. My black jeep is visible below. Imagine how difficult a climb it must have been when the Prophet Sallalaho alaihi wasallam would have gone u
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