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By Ziauddin Sardar

Mecca is, for plenty of, the center of Islam. it's the birthplace of Muhammad, the path to which Muslims flip once they pray, and the positioning of pilgrimage that each year attracts a few 3 million Muslims from all corners of the area. but the importance of Mecca is greater than simply spiritual. What occurs in Mecca and the way Muslims take into consideration the political and cultural background of Mecca has had and keeps to have a profound impact on international occasions to this day.

during this insighful ebook, Ziauddin Sardar unravels the which means and importance of Mecca. Tracing its historical past, from its origins as a "barren valley" within the desolate tract to its evolution as a buying and selling city and surprising emergence because the spiritual heart of an international empire, Sardar examines the spiritual struggles and rebellions in Mecca that experience considerably formed Muslim tradition. An illuminative, lyrical, and witty mix of heritage, reportage, and memoir, Mecca reflects all that's profound and enlightening, curious and fun approximately Mecca and takes us in the back of the closed doorways to at least one of an important locations on the planet today.

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If he had develop into the ruler of town by way of treaty, then, and simply then, may perhaps the homes be acquired and offered as deepest estate. Muawiya learned that such constant competition made it most unlikely for the town of his start to be his capital, nor was once wherever else within the Hijaz possible. It intended one other circulation for the centre of political energy. while Ali had made Kufa his capital, Muawiya chosen Damascus, the ability base from which he had past introduced his bid for the Caliphate. He made plans to transform one in every of Damascus’s old church buildings right into a outstanding mosque to rival the Sacred Mosque in Mecca. rather than the Kaaba, the mosque in Damascus was once to be supplied with a relic of John the Baptist to provide it that additional celestial charm. The plans basically intensified the anger of many Meccans. A moment uprising turned inevitable. In 680, Muawiya was once succeeded by means of his son, Yazid I, the grandson of Abu Sufyan. a few favorite personalities refused to provide allegiance to the recent Umayyad caliph. between them have been the sons and grandsons of the Prophet’s closest partners who believed that they had extra of a correct to rule, significantly Abdullah ibn Zubair, grandson of Abu Bakr, and Hussain ibn Ali, the son of Ali, the fourth caliph. The rebels made their separate how one can Mecca to hunt safe haven and plan their subsequent circulation. it really is possibly the 1st facts of Mecca buying the position it has performed down the centuries: a sanctuary for these out of favour with the ruling powers. It used to be an acknowledgement of the status and value of Mecca because the point of interest of faith, up to a reputation that it was once a distant place, a secure distance from the true centre of political strength. At one and an analogous time Mecca used to be a centre that was once at the outer edge. The population of Mecca now started to assemble round Ali’s moment son, Hussain, who made up our minds to visit Iraq and confront Yazid. His representatives within the Iraqi urban of Kufa expert Hussain he will be welcome and might locate help for his fight opposed to Yazid. these in Mecca who supported Hussain didn't belief the folk of Kufa and notion taking over the may of Yazid at this level used to be now not a good suggestion. Hussain’s cousin was once between those that suggested by contrast circulate: ‘You will be arriving in a rustic the place there are Yazid’s tax creditors and leaders. they've got keep an eye on of the treasuries. The inhabitants are slaves to the dirham and dinar. i couldn't make sure that those that had promised you their support wouldn't struggle opposed to you. ’11 Hussain didn't take his suggestion. With Hussain having turn into a contender for the caliph’s function, Abdullah ibn Zubair was once unsure what to do subsequent. His wish to be caliph had soured his dating with Hussain. in spite of the fact that, the 2 have been constantly incredibly well mannered each time they ran into one another within the Sacred Mosque. One morning ibn Zubair instructed Hussain: ‘I don’t comprehend why we've left issues to those humans and stood idly by . . . we should always be in charge of this executive instead of they. ’ Then ibn Zubair requested Hussain what he meant to do.

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