World Bulletin / News Desk
Two 420-meter high minarets that have been planned as part of the expansion project of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, has sparked fears that the construction could result in the Zamzam water resources drying up.
As the Saudi Binladin Group plans to build the two highest minarets in the world on the northeast and northwest sides of the Grand Mosque, rising up to around half the height of the Mecca Clock Tower, critics fear that explosives used to remove mountains in the area to make way for their 900 square meter foundations could have a negative effect on Zamzam water sources.
The Zamzam water sources, which are mentioned in the Qur'an as being a miracle from Allah that was granted to Hagar, the wife of the Prophet Abraham and mother of the Prophet Ishmael, is also considered to be holy by Muslims.
Despite Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz inaugurating a Zamzam Water Project to ensure a constant supply of pure Zamzam water in 2010, criticism of the minaret plans appear to be falling on deaf ears.
The Grand Mosque expansion project has been criticized by some Muslims for not taking into consideration important historical sites around the Ka'bah as well as erasing entire landmarks from Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.
However, others argue that the construction work is necessary to help deal with the increasing number of pilgrims who arrive in the Hajj season to fulfil their religious rights.
Due to the world's increasing Muslim population, the general increase of wealth among Muslims and increasing developments and opportunities in traveling, the holy site has in the past struggled to cope with overcrowding in such a crampt area.Last Mod: 09 Ağustos 2014, 17:12