Before the time of Hadrat Umar (my Allah be pleased with him Masjid
Al-Hraam did not have any walls , around the kaba was a small square
which was surrounded by houses. the Caliph Umar had some of the
houses demolished and had a one meter- high wall built around the
ka'abah and therefor Masjid Al Hraam was buit. Masijid Al-Hraam was
restored verious times.
Al- Masjid al Haraam was the first house of worship ordained for
mankind on Earth. Allah (Swt) has placed several blessings in it ,
for e.g.the Salaat in al -Masjid al-Hraam has incresed rewards in
comparison to the Salaat prayed anywhere else.
The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said One Salaat in my Mosue
is better than 1000 Salaat anywhere else except in aL-Masjid al
Haraam.One Salaat in al-Masjid Al-Haraam is better than 100 Salaat
in my Masjid ( Musnad Imam Ahmed )
A primary purpose of the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques was to
meet the needs of the ever-increasing numbers of pilgrims.
The total number of pilgrims performing Hajj in 2000 was 1,733,785
(Ministry of Hajj Information Committee, March 2000). This figure
includes pilgrims from inside as well as those from outside the
In 2001, there were 1,363,992 pilgrims from abroad performing Hajj,
bringing the total number of pilgrims for 2001 to 1,804,800. Each
year, the Kingdom harnesses all its resources to facilitate the
pilgrimage to the Holy Places. Minutes of the weekly council
meetings, chaired by King Fahd or his deputy, show a preoccupation
with the Hajj and a determination to spare no effort or expense in
making the Hajj as safe and secure as possible.