City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca
Is overwhelming attachment to a site a form of idolatry or respect to a person or event in history?
Mecca has become a centre for development and modernisation in a time where Islam is one of the fastest growing religions. Buildings that once were homes for the prophet’s first wife have been demolished to suit the increasing demands. But possibly more concerning for me is the building of ornate hotels and suites. Going to Mecca and completing the pilgrimage means entering a state of Ihram, a part of which is being equal with all Muslims in Mecca. This is why many dress simply and in white. So it feels like this unique state of equality is going to be difficult to achieve in the 2nd highest building in the world.
Maybe my understanding is flawed, cause I’m not Muslim, but this was a concept I respected. To follow in the footsteps of the prophet and do so shoulder to shoulder with your Muslim brothers and sisters. One time in your life where status means nothing for you are all equal in the eyes of Allah.
Like I said I may have got this wrong…