MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

A Muslim pilgrim is seen taking a picture of his companion in Makkah during Hajj season. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 September 2017

MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

JEDDAH: Two short films, “When You Don’t Know Where to Go, Head to Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashaer” have successfully embodied a vivid vision and a complete picture of the details of Muslims’ Hajj journey.
Unforgettable moments were documented by a young professional group of Saudis in creative footage through the support of the MiSK Foundation under the guidance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two films produced by MiSK on Makkah have generated a wide-ranging response and circulation on both TV channels and social media during the Hajj season.
The films were produced with new visual techniques and directing visions contrary to what viewers are used to seeing, in order to reflect a content that is presented for the first time during the Hajj season. They were accompanied with unprecedented media coverage during this Islamic event.
“When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashear,” highlight the greatness of this Islamic rite and conveyed the true image of Saudi Arabia’s efforts in different areas and through various agencies, government sectors and human cadres that served Muslim pilgrims.
The first film “Masher Al-Mashear,” — literally translates to feelings of the holy sites— addressed the mixed emotions and feelings of pilgrims during their presence in the holy sites to bring together the two meanings in one title, where it highlighted the meditative moments experienced by pilgrims throughout their spiritual journey.
The film involved high shots with a varied footage, whether aerial or on the ground, to take viewers on a virtual trip to the heart of the Hajj atmosphere with touching verses from the Holy Qur’an.

The second film titled “When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah” – an ancient name for Makkah — presents the entire pilgrimage in a quick presentation starting with the arrival of pilgrims in Makkah and then moving between the holy sites to complete the Hajj rituals.
In this film, hyperlapse — a technique in time-lapse photography that allows the photographer to create motion shots — was used for the first time to display footage from inside the Grand Mosque and holy sites.

Bakkah was filmed in eight different locations by 14 young Saudis who worked over 86 hours in seven working days to produce this film.
The success of these two films is an extension of MiSK’s role in supporting the creativity of Saudi youth and a confirmation of the ability of the country’s citizens to provide artistic content with international standards.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.