The importance of Makkah for the Muslims

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Allah has made it a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety (cf. al-Baqarah 2:125), and a safe sanctuary in which the pilgrims and scholars may gather to perform their rituals in the utmost peace and tranquillity, hoping for the reward of Allah, may He be glorified, and fearing His punishment. In Makkah, the Muslims get to know one another and advise one another and consult one another with regard to their religious and worldly concerns. The reward for prayer and righteous deeds in Makkah is greatly multiplied. 

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Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas. 

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood 

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