Throughout the year, Muslim pilgrims keep on arriving in Makkah for the holy rituals of Umrah with their hajj packages from UK and other countries. Since umrah can be performed in a matter of few hours (if all of the rituals are observed consecutively), a pilgrim has plenty of time to spend in the holy land after the completion of holy rituals. So, what better way to spend this time by going for Ziyarath of the Holy sites and learn about Islamic history. So, here’s a brief guide to umrah Ziyarath in Mecca and Medina.
Masjid-e-Aisha is also known as ‘Masjid-e-Taneem’ and remains one of the significant architectural landmarks present in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Located approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from the Holy Kaabah, pilgrims enter this mosque for wearing Ihram as it also remains a Miqat station. Generally, pilgrims offer their Nafal at this place, initiating the holy journey of Umrah.
Masjid-e-Qiblatayn (the mosque of two Qiblas), present in Medina, is historically important for Muslims because this is the place where the revelation of the Quran came and Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) changed the direction of Qibla from Bait-al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Holy Kaabah in Makkah.
Cave of Hira.
Present on Jabal-al-Nour, the Hira cave is the place where the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) received his (SAWW) first revelation from Allah through Hazrat Jibril (AS) and in the month of Ramadan. Prophet (SAWW) used to go to this cave for praying even before his (SAWW) prophethood. This cave remains one of the most remarkable Muslim landmarks because of its historical association with the beginning of the Islamic religion.
Situated at a height of 642 meters, it’s a steep trek and can take you anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours for reaching depending on one’s physical abilities.
Masjid-e-Abu Bakar (RA).
Abu Bakar (RA) was the companion of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) to whom He (SAWW) admired very much. Masjid-e-Abu Bakar was a home of Hazrat Abu Bakar (RA) which was later turned to a masjid by Saudi authorities. It is present in Medina city.
It is one of the oldest Islamic cemeteries and a historical Islamic landmark present in Mecca. Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWW) first wife Hazrat Khadija (RA), his (SAWW) teacher Abu Talib, and other ancestors are buried here. This graveyard is present at a ten-minute drive from the Holy Kaabah and pilgrims visit this site to pay their respect.
Masjid-e-Quba is one of the most recommended places for visiting in Madinah. The virtue of Masjid-e-Quba is mentioned in the Holy Quran as it was the first-ever mosque to be built in the name of Islam.
These are some of the places that you can visit for your Ziyarath in Mecca and Medina.3
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