Emre Gul / History
Amid ongoing construction work around the Ka'bah in Mecca, a building in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born is under threat of being demolished to make way for a new administrative building. The company in charge of construction, the Saudi Bin Ladin Group, proposed building residential homes and a royal palace above the site, which is currently being used as a library.
Abbas Kattan, the supervisor of the expansion project in the northern areas of the Sacred Mosque, defended urbanization works, aying that it was appropriate and that it will be compatible with the mosque's facilities. The changes that the Saudi Royal family is planning to conduct in the holy region has been getting a negative reaction from Muslims around the world.
For hundreds of years, the Ottoman sultans who ruled this land viewed themselves as the servants of the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. Alongside handing out aid to the poor and needy during the Hajj pilgrimage, the Sultans also provided water and shelter for the pilgrims.
Efforts were also made to show respect to the ancestors of the blessed Prophet that would come to the region. During the reconstruction and building works on the Sacred Mosque in the Ottoman period, they would be careful to avoid any architectural work that would ruin the appearance of the structures.
Beginning with the Sacred Mosque and the Ka'bah, they were also very cautious in the repairs and restoration of other places like the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.
In relation to this, a historical document Ottoman archives in the Turkish prime minister’s office dating back to the 27th of August 1889, indicates that Sultan Abdulhamid II received information of some stones that fell off the walls of the Ka'bah being replaced into their original places by the Governor of Hijaz.
The respect the Ottomans had to holy places such as the Ka'bah, was specified to us in a telegraph signed by “Nafiz the Governor of Hijaz”, which states that the governor himself personally had the privilege of placing the stones back into their original places.
Sultan Abdulhamid II then made supplications of blessings and peace for the governor's efforts.
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