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The importance of Mecca in Islam

This post in an answer to my dear friend Alejandro , a devout Christian , an honest working man in quest for the truth.
Alejandro asked me what is the importance and religious significance  of Mecca for Muslims and Islam ?

 Mecca  also known  by Ka'ba,   is the  most sacred place in Islam located in  Saudi Arabia. The Ka'ba is a mosque (built by prophet  Abraham according to Muslim tradition) built around a black stone. The Prophet Muhammad designated Mecca as the holy city of Islam and the direction (qibla) in which all Muslims should offer their prayers. The Ka'ba is believed to be the first place that was created on earth{2} and the place at which heavenly bliss and power touches the earth directly. {3} Mecca is located in the Hijaz region of western Saudi Arabia. The city lies inland 73 kilometers east of Jiddah, in the narrow, sandy Valley of Abraham. The Holy City is 277 meters (909 feet) above sea level. Each year, thousands of Muslims from around the world join in a…