Myth busted: Pigeon poo in Haram of Makkah

Assalamu alaykum,

Among the many (funny) debates Muslims have is the theory that the (hundreds of) pigeons in the grand masjid of Makkah don’t poo/drop their faeces in this sacred part of earth.

Well, I have the final verdict. While praying fajr 2 days ago I noticed pigeon droppings next to my friend – I thought that was strange. Stranger and better, in the second sajda of the first rak’a I felt something warm and wet hitting my right sleeve. Probably the wind, I thought. Lo and behold, immediately after the prayer 3-4 people are talking to me in sign language. Yes, fresh, greenish-white pigeon poo on my left arm!

Next time you hear someone say they don’t, tell them they do. The best thing is you get to wash it off with Zamzam water – if that is a good way to cheer you up.

Greetings from Makkah.


P.s. There are some Muslims who have the superstitious belief that if a pigeon poos on you that is an omen that you shall become rich. This, and many other superstitious beliefs are not Islamic.


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