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Merits of the Blessed Makkah
Allah, the Almighty, calls it "The Mother of Cities", for He says, "That thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her."
Allah, the Almighty, calls it also "The City of Security", for He says, "By the Fig and the Olive, and the Mount of Sinai, and this City of security."
He also says, "I do call to witness this City. And thou art a freeman of this City."
In Mecca there is the Ancient House about which Allah, the Almighty, says, "and circumambulate the Ancient House" and says, "Allah made the Ka`bah, the Sacred House, an asylum of security for men..."
Abraham, the Close One to Allah, invoked Allah for the favor of Mecca saying, "O my Lord! make this city one of peace and security; and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols."
Allah also says, "And remember Abraham said, 'My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.' He said, 'Yea,' and such as reject Faith, for a while will I grant them their pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of Fire, an evil destination (indeed)!"
Allah, the Almighty, says, "Remember We made the House a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; and take ye the Station of Abraham as a place of Prayer; and we covenanted with Abraham and Ishmael, that they should sanctify My House for those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in Prayer)." On the tongue of Abraham (peace be upon him), Allah, the Almighty, says, "O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by the Sacred House."
When the Quraish got the Prophet (peace be upon him) out of Mecca, he stood on a mountain, turned back towards Mecca and its paths and said, "Verily, I know that you are the dearest city to my heart and that you are the dearest city to Allah. If only that the disbelieves drove me out, I would have never left you."
In the Two Sahihs, it is narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Verily, Allah made this City sacred on the day He created the heavens and the earth; So it is sacred by the sacredness conferred on it by Allah until the Day of Resurrection."
In the Year of Conquest, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stood at Jamarat Al-`Aqabah and said, "By Allah, you (Mecca) are the best spot of Allah's land and the dearest one to me. Unless I have been driven out (by your people), I would have never left you. (Fighting in it) was not lawful for anyone neither before or after me. It was made lawful for me only for an hour of a day, for it is sacred; its thorns are not to be cut, its game is not to be molested, and the things dropped are to be picked up only by one who makes a public announcement of it." Mecca, moreover, is the sanctuary of Allah and of His Messenger (peace be upon him). Therefore, whoever inters it is safe.

"O Allah! This is Your sanctuary and secure place, protect my body from Hell Fire. Guard me from Your punishment on the Day You will bring back to life Your servants. Make me amongst Your devotees and obedient ones." Also, the Messenger (peace be upon him) used to say on entering Mecca, "O Allah! Don't let us die there until we complete our rituals." As the houses of Mecca come into sight, the pilgrim should say, "O Allah! Grant me residence and bestow legal sustenance upon me.

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