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  • Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering Mecca.
  • We are obliged, at least once in our lives, to visit the holy city of Mecca.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • The mall was a mecca for a newborn street rat.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • While Hassan knelt on the concrete outside, facing Mecca, Colin went to the bathroom (there graffiti in the stall read: CALL DANA FOR BLOW.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • So everyone spoke with great authority, celebrating like the Prophet, PBUH, when he conquered Mecca, though his speech was one of forgiveness not cruel victory.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • It has blurry photos of the fiery destruction of Jerusalem, Mecca, and the Vatican.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Something like the 1979 massacre at Mecca, all those pilgrims dead.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He told me too how, in Indonesia, he had been converted to Islam by his friend Bami the cook: giving up pork, fasting during Ramadan, praying to Mecca five times a day.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A prayer rug showing a slightly oblong Mecca was nailed to one of the walls.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "Like Mecca or Jerusalem," said Clary, thoughtfully.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones

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  • No prayer rugs or symbol to show which way is east toward Mecca?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Turks use it in cooking, and also carry it to Mecca, for the same purpose that frankincense is carried to St. Peter’s in Rome.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I spent my last year at St. Joseph’s School feeling like the persecuted prophet Muhammad in Mecca, peace be upon him.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He knew only that he would have to decide by the end of summer, because in the fall he was to depart on a long journey, a world tour of the holy shrines of all faiths, from Lourdes to Jerusalem to Mecca to Benares.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There is a Herati rug on the floor, beaded cushions to sit on, and a framed photo of Mecca on the wall They sit by the open window, on either side of an oblong patch of sunlight-Laila hears women’s voices whispering from another room.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • In a long row the dirt huts all kneel facing east, as if praying for the staved-off collapse—not toward Mecca exactly but east toward the village’s one road and the river and behind all that, the pink sunrise surprise.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Islam adopted Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, and Bagdad as holy cities.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Even during his five daily prayer sessions, Mouzafer, a fastidious man of faith, would steal a glance away from Mecca to make sure Mortenson was still nearby.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • His baby sister, Mecca, lay asleep in her crib.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • A few of his co-religionists had come to the Maidan, and were praying with their faces towards Mecca.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The name, he said, means "father who has been to Mecca."
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • And in the same spirit, the domains of the national and world religions are centered around the hub of some mother city: Western Christendom around Rome, Islam around Mecca.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The whole thing made me think of some elegant High Muslim mosque on New Mecca irreverently garlanded with tinsel.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …or dismount from your horse came of something else besides enchantments; and what I make out clearly from all this is, that these adventures we go seeking will in the end lead us into such misadventures that we shall not know which is our right foot; and that the best and wisest thing, according to my small wits, would be for us to return home, now that it is harvest-time, and attend to our business, and give over wandering from Zeca to Mecca and from pail to bucket, as the saying is.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Here was Kapilavastu, here the Middle Kingdom, and here Mahabodhi, the Mecca of Buddhism; and here was Kusinagara, sad place of the Holy One’s death.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • What’s next? A convicted drug dealer asking that his sentence be overturned because heroin helps him reach nirvana? A murderer insisting that his cell door face Mecca?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • In her infantine excursions to Europe she had seen only the Continent, and seen it from the nursery window; Paris, not London, was her father’s Mecca, and into many of his interests there his children had naturally not entered.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Hunched up like a praying Arab in Mecca.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • For how many years he had oriented his very being toward it, like a Muslim toward Mecca!
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Perhaps, he thought, it was a religious object, a shrine, such as the Ka’aba in Mecca.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Would the areas in which they dwell be shrines, holy places? A dolphin Vatican or Mecca? A Lourdes?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The grand mullah of Mecca had given a speech denouncing the nanovaccines and stating that they were made from the entrails of pigs.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Before him, the river and to the right, the long, grey bridges spanning it— —Like that sword with the big middle on Mecca cigarettes.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Sometimes I think of the far East, and keep rolling the names of Eastern cities under my tongue: Damascus and Bagdad, Medina and Mecca.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "Send them to Mecca" was an expression we used when we dispatched patients to places that offered what Our Lady of Perpetual Succour could not.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In her infantine excursions to Europe she had seen only the Continent, and seen it from the nursery window; Paris, not London, was her father’s Mecca, and into many of his interests there his children had naturally not entered.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The Arab has impressed his language upon everything south and east of Judea, so, in his tongue, the old Jebel is the parent of numberless wadies which, intersecting the Roman road—now a dim suggestion of what once it was, a dusty path for Syrian pilgrims to and from Mecca—run their furrows, deepening as they go, to pass the torrents of the rainy season into the Jordan, or their last receptacle, the Dead Sea.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • You foot-worn pilgrim welcoming the far-away sparkle of the minarets of Mecca!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Colorful azalea bushes bloomed like explosions all around this mecca of fast food.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • With enough people passing through, maybe they could eventually become a retirement mecca like Oriental or Washington or New Bern.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Not long ago Westwood Village had been an island of quaint charm in the more turbulent sea of the city around it, a mecca for shoppers and theatergoers.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • In many ways Colorado Springs today is what Los Angeles was fifty years ago — a mecca for the disenchanted middle class, a harbinger of cultural trends, a glimpse of the future.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Of course, the sights I’m most interested in seeing—besides Andrew, of course—are the Oxfams where I can find some undiscovered treasure, and maybe this place I’ve heard about called Topshop, which is like the British equivalent of T.J. Maxx, or maybe H&M, which we don’t actually have in Michigan, but that I’ve heard about, of course, as a fashion lover’s mecca.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Mecca wasn’t even two years old.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Mecca is a lot farther away than the Pyramids.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Furthermore, Khanum Hakim carried the proud nickname of Bebe Hajji, "woman who has been to Mecca."
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • "First, we must face Mecca, where our holy prophet, peace be upon him, rests," Monzoor said.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Mecca’s milk was cold; her food was fresh; and Rameck’s money, as well as that opportunity, was gone.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • I thought that someday I’d be rich, and could go to Mecca.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
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