Documentary Explores One Day in the Haram

JEDDAH – Giving audience an insight into the Muslims’ most sacred place, a 90-minute documentary titled “One Day in the Haram,” which details what it is like in the Grand Mosque in Makkah through the eyes of workers and scholars, is slated to debut in September.

“The film is designed to attract a non-Muslim audience, to show them how important Makkah is,” the film’s British writer, producer and director Abrar Hussain told Arab News.

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“We wanted to film Makkah because it was very important to show a beautiful side of Islam (so) non-Muslims can say, ‘Okay, this is how beautiful and peaceful this religion is’.

“We want to convey this message to as many people as possible, especially in the West. After film festivals, we will speak to Netflix and different TV stations to screen it,” he added.

The official trailer was uploaded on YouTube last week and has gone viral.

Hussain said he wants to show how successfully the mosque is run, how organized its departments are, and how seriously its workers take their jobs.

The project was very challenging because the place is never empty of worshippers, said Hussain.

It took him one year of research before he was able to start filming, because the documentary is “very detailed.”

The Grand Mosque is the largest in the world and includes Islam’s holiest site, the Ka`bah. Muslims worldwide face in its direction when praying.

The Makkah premiere will take place in September, but the exact release date has not yet been announced.

Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.

Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.

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