Advertisement

City of Brass

City of Brass

Big Bin – the Royal Clock Tower of Mecca

I’ve been meaning to post these photos for months, but recent events reminded me of it, even though of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the death of Osama bin Laden. These are photos of the Abraj al-Bait Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, taken during my hajj. The clock tower is part of a campaign to establish “Mecca Time” as a direct competitor to Greenwich as the global Time Standard for muslims.

So, here it is – the Royal Clock Tower, or as I liked to call it, “Big Bin”: Photo Set on Flickr

Big Bin: photo set on Flickr

I’ve railed about the ongoing architectural pillaging of Mecca before so I won’t repeat my rants here. The general impact of the tower is to add a Las Vegas touch to the Meccan skyline.

Advertisement
Comments read comments(13)
post a comment
Timhogs

posted May 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm


When I first heard of this I was intrigued by the architectural and engineering challenges of the build; and I’d always wanted to see ground-level photos, so I’m grateful for that. But…UGGHH!! Your “Vegas” comment is dead-on!



report abuse
 

kenneth

posted May 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm


Does what happens in Mecca stay in Mecca? :)



report abuse
 

Cartoon M

posted May 12, 2011 at 12:07 am


Just what I need when I’m trying to leave behind the worldly life for a moment to remember Allah -_-.



report abuse
 

eve teslim market

posted May 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm


thank you thi for establish this article I have a lot of information with this topic.



report abuse
 

dizzo

posted May 13, 2011 at 11:18 am


do it chime when it’s time to pray?



report abuse
 

GIZMO

posted May 17, 2011 at 2:40 am


SPELL THE WORD MAKKAH(AS IN ARABIC) NOT MECCA, SEE DICTIONARY FOR UNDERSTANDING.



report abuse
 

your name

posted May 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm


“The clock tower is part of a campaign to establish “Mecca Time” as a direct competitor to Greenwich as the global Time Standard for muslims”

Yeah, because a worldwide standard that happened to be started by Christians is just unacceptable, isn’t it?

Hey, how about a Muslim metric system while you’re at it?

What a joke.



report abuse
 

Anne Vance

posted May 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm


Ugly tower, ugly comment by (your name?). But really, isn’t time already confusing enough? I have to count back (or is it forward?)when I call or granddaughter in Paris.



report abuse
 

z

posted May 23, 2011 at 5:49 am


You say you were on Hajj whilst taking this picture? And you make stupid remarks so that the non muslim world can take laugh at all muslims. just look at the comments left above, they are more or less having a good laugh at the expense of the best place on Earth. You and others eg: people who believe interpret everything their own way, are a disgrace and should be in a position to write articles about a religion you dont understand!!!!!!!



report abuse
 

Abambagibus

posted May 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm


At the risk of repeating a rant, which the spinner of this thread must have spun now and again and understandingly so, I repeat a rant of my own. There was a time when the buildings of faith-in-God had dwarfed the buildings around them. But now is the time when these buildings of faith-in-God are dwarfed by the buildings of faith-in-mammon. This dwarfing grows bigger by the hour. Tho I do not agree with their methods, I understand at least in part why Islamic fundamentalists have been spurred to action. They are sickened by our love of matter devoid of spirit. Scilicet Ab Ambagibus.



report abuse
 

Rick

posted June 27, 2011 at 6:14 am


The RCT hotel in MECCA (I communicate in English, not Arabic!), is disgusting, but typically kitsch, “nouveaux-riches” Muslim architecture.

The religious pilgramage (Arabic: hajj)is a commercial venture more than anything. The Saudi Royal Family, a horrible bunch and a phony “monarchy”, make billions of Riyaals, Euros, Pounds and US Dollars out of the poor unenlighted suckers who travel to Mecca every year in their millions! The Ka’aba has, since long before the “prophet” Mo’s times, been the centre of commercial gathering – and it remains so!



report abuse
 

Pingback: Big Bin the royal clock tower of Mecca… « Talk Islam

Pingback: Where In The World Am I? - Page 799 - Nordinho.net Community



Previous Posts

Obama quoted my letter about my daughter
This is a guest post by Ali Asghar Alibhai. There is no question that the America my generation grew up in is much different than the America of now. I grew up in West Texas, a place that some might consider as among the most conservative in ...

posted 1:30:00pm Feb. 04, 2016 | read full post »

Who was Saudi Shi'a Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr?
Yesterday, the Saudi government executed the Shi'a cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, as an enemy of the state. His ...

posted 2:12:32pm Jan. 03, 2016 | read full post »

Hijab Wars
It's fundamentally problematic for a man to weigh in on hijab. That hasn't stopped me from wading into the topic before (see: The Burka and the Bikini), but the only conversation of substance that can happen on the topic is between Muslim women, ...

posted 3:13:28am Dec. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Misquoted verses in the Qur'an (and the Bible)
This is a popular graphic that makes the ruonds on Facebook from time to time, so I thought I'd publish it here for reference. These five verses are among the most common ones that Islamophobes use to justify arguments that Muslims are evil ...

posted 12:15:12pm Dec. 15, 2015 | read full post »

Trump, the cartoon enemy
It needs to be said - that Trump is a symptom, not a disease. There has been a GOP War on Muslims for years, and despite heroic efforts by Republican Muslim Americans to sway opinion, the bottom line is that Muslim hatred is a prerequisite for ...

posted 12:50:28pm Dec. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.