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Photos: Tour Saudi Arabia

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. I came across a fairly intriguing web site about Saudi Arabia. There’s a host of photos taken by an American non-Muslim woman named Jane (some photos were donated to her site).  

Jane said: “Saudi Arabia has always been shrouded in mystery and when people discover I lived in Saudi Arabia for 8 years they usually have many questions to ask me. This site was created to answer some of those questions. I have filled these pages with information, pictures, experiences and trivia I found interesting.”

3 thoughts on “Photos: Tour Saudi Arabia

  1. I sought her permission to share some photos with you…here’s her reply:

    Haneefah, Thank you for visiting my site and then taking the time to tell
    me you enjoyed what I have done. I have just started a new
    template and will be adding lots and lots of new photos and
    pages. I am now working on a page about the Flower Men of
    Tihama. I have added a few picture for you to view because
    they are incredibly interesting and not what you think of when
    you think of Saudi Arabia. I am more than a little slow and it
    will take a year or so to complete but it will get done. Funny
    thing about the Saudi site is that it was my first one. I have
    not added anything to the site in a couple years and it needs
    an update.Of course you may use any of photos you would like and thank
    you for asking. I have to admit that my photos are the most
    stolen photos of Saudi on the web. It is amazing where they
    turn up. The most popular one to steal though is the graphic
    on my Islam home page which I have never understood. I
    created it and it turned out like it did by accident.

    I would love to have some pictures of Jeddah. I do not have
    any and so that city is not covered on my site. Like you, in
    return I will give you credit and a link to whatever site you
    would like. I am more than a little slow but a Jeddah page
    would be nice to add to the site. Actually any photos you send
    my way would be welcomed.All of our desert trips were taken with the help of – Desert
    Treks from Riyadh by Lonis Thompson. Very detailed driving
    directions and great information. They wrote a series of books
    and I think they did one on Jeddah. I know they did a Taif
    book because we went there. I strongly suggest you find her
    books and get them because you will enjoy each and every trip.
    If I had known I would be creating a Saudi website in the
    future I would have taken a lot more photos on my trips.I visited your website and it brought back fond memories of having my hands decorated with henna.

    Regards, Jane

    May Allaah guide her, aameen. She seems like a nice person. Like her, many non-Muslims are surprised when they learn of our beliefs regarding ’Eesaa (Jesus – ‘alaihis salaam) and his mother (radhiyallaahu ‘anhaa).

    Jane said: “I will always remember the surprised feeling I felt when my Muslim Arabic language teacher told me Muslims believe Jesus was the Messiah and she believed in the Second Coming.”

    She followed up with a few tidbits and verses for her readers:

    Jesus is often referred to as “Spirit of God”.Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Quran. The Quran refers to Jesus as “Jesus ibn Maryam”, i.e., Jesus son of Mary and the birth of Jesus was sinless and miraculous.

    It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is.
    (Quran 19:35)

    Peace be upon me the day of my birth, The day of my death, And the day I shall be raised up, alive. (Quran 19:33)

    She has many photos that I did not upload to the slide show like Bedouin hairstyles worn long ago by the Wahhaab tribe and pictures of the camel sooq.

    I don’t agree with all of the info on the site, so browse at your own discretion:

  2. As-Salaamu alaykum,
    this is soo funny bc my DH just found this same blog last night and I thought to myself how i would look into his favorites later on to get the site. he doesn’t like me reading over him LOL.

  3. Wa ‘alaikumus salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Maa Shaa Allaah her photo collection is very nice. I don’t think my pics of Chuck E. Cheese or Family Fun Times Center will fit in…smiles.

    I found some nice photos of Bedouin traditional clothing worn years and years ago. Some of the outfits look scary to me, but it’s nice to have a sense of how things were back then.

    Now, the Bedouins from Najd, Qassim and the Hijaaz had fashion sense. These outfits can still pass today (except for maybe the head dress in Hijaaz pic #4). In Shaa Allaah I will share them (after getting permission from the web site owner).


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