‘Mecca has been turned into Disneyland’
Then he was introduced to another pilgrim, one who had walked from Somalia: it had taken him seven years.
With that, Sardar says, his ego evaporated. He also realised that he had been walking in search of two different Meccas. One was a metaphysical destination: the one he had first turned to in prayer as a boy; the one beloved of all Muslims. The other was a place firmly rooted in time and space, where human nature is exhibited “in all its foibles and ferocity”.
It’s the latter that he lays bare in his new book, Mecca: The Sacred City.
Mecca super-hotel to offer spa, butler and a chocolate room
City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca
The holy city is fast becoming a Las Vegas for pilgrims, thanks to the new £2.3bn megahotel that has four helipads, five floors for Saudi royalty – and 10,000 bedrooms
Mekke bir zamanlar sadelik ve maneviyat şehriydi. Bugün artık paragöz hanedan, tarihsel mekânları dümdüz edip, şehri para basacak oteller, gökdelenler ve alışveriş merkezleri ile bir Las Vegas’a dönüştürmüş durumdalar. Ziyauddin Serdar’ın Mekke hakkındaki dokunaklı kitabı Kutsal Şehir, İslam’ın en kutsal mekânına nasıl kastedildiğini anlatıyor.