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15 Best Places to Visit In Makkah and Madinah
The city of Makkah and Madinah are two of the holiest places on the earth. Millions of Muslims from all around the world visit these cities every year with the intention of performing the holy pilgrimage of Umrah and Hajj.
Other than being the greatest, the city of Makkah and Madinah are immensely beautiful and have many historical and Islamic places where you should visit during your Umrah Journey. You can consider the heavenly places across Makkah and Madinah during your umrah and hajj visits.
In this article, we are going to look at 15 best places that you can visit in Makkah and Madinah during the Umrah and if you are planning to perform Umrah this year and looking for the best Umrah packages with complete accommodations, amenities, and freedom to explore these cities, than have a look at Al-Khalid’s Best Umrah Packages for 2020.
Best 8 Places to Visit in Makkah
Masjid-al-Haram is the most important mosque for the Muslims and Al-Kaaba (The House of Allah) stands at the center of Masjid-al-Haram. Muslims from all around the world offer prayers to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) in the direction of Al-Kaaba and millions of Muslims throughout the year perform tawaf of Al-Kaaba during the time of Hajj and Umrah. The history and importance of Al-Kaaba are very prominent throughout the Islamic world and every good Muslim has a clean desire to Al-Kaaba at least once in a life.
Jabal-e-Noor is a mountain near Makkah Hejaz which is of great importance. The very first Aayat of the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) at this mountain. There is a cave located at this mountain called Gar-e-Hira where the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) first interacted with Angle Jibreel (Peace be upon him) and the holy words of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) were first revealed to him.
3. Mount Arafat
Nearly a million pilgrims during Hajj visit Mount Arafat every year. According to Hadith, Mount Arafat is the location where all the Muslims will be gathered for being accountable during the time of the resurrection. Mount Arafat holds great importance for the season of Hajj, pilgrims visit there and perform their Hajj rituals, offer prayers and make important supplications (Dua) as a sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (Blessings be upon him) to complete all the Hajj rituals.
Jannat-al-Mualla is one of the two most important cemetery (graveyard) in Islam which is also one of the oldest cemeteries in the country. Jannat-al-Mualla is located in the north of Masjid-al-Haram close to Jeddah. Jannat-al-Mualla is the burial place of many relatives and ancestors of the Prophet. Some most important people from Prophet’s family that are buried at Jannat-al-Mualla are: the blessed mother of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the first wife of the Prophet Hazrat Khadija (Radeyallāhu ′Anhu), the grandfather of the Prophet Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the uncle of the Prophet Hazrat Abu Talib, the eldest son of the Prophet Al-Qasim and the second son Abdullah are also buried at Jannat-al-Mualla.
Masjid-e-Aisha is the second-largest mosque in the city of Makkah after Masjid-al-Haram. This massive mosque is about 10km away from Masjid-al-Haram. This beautiful mosque is also one of the oldest mosques in Makkah which holds great importance during the time of Hajj as it is the place where Hajj pilgrims put on their Ihram and people doing subsequent Umrah renews their Ihram.
6. The Site of Battle of Badr
The Battle of Badr is mentioned in the Holy Quran as it was amongst the very first battle of Islam that was fought by Prophet Muhammad. People can still have a look at this battlefield while visiting Makkah city. The Battle of Badr is a very important battle in the history of Islam, and it was also very important for Prophet and his followers’ life as they were fighting for the true religion of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta Aala) against the pagans of Makkah and magically won the battle with support from the angles. The site is located nearly 330 Kilometers away from Makkah.
7. The Birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was born in the Holy City of Makkah at the place that is now called Maktaba Makkah-al-Mukarramah. This place was earlier a mountain town which is now a national library. This place is very close to the city of Makkah which attracts many visitors throughout the year.
8. The City of Mina
Mina is also known as the city of tents where millions of Muslims gather during peak days of the Hajj. Mina is a beautiful hot valley located 3 km away from Makkah city. More than 100,000 air-conditioned tents are placed during the time of Hajj that houses more than 3 million pilgrims, providing temporary accommodation to them while they perform their Hajj ritual of Ramy al-Jamarat. Mina is very close to Masjid-al-Haram which means even the pilgrims of Umrah can visit this wonderful city during their journey.
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Best Places to Visit in Madinah
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in his later life migrated from the city of Makkah to the city of Madinah which became his resting place. Masjid-e-Nabvi is the second most visited Islamic site in the world after Masjid-e-Haram of Makkah. The beautiful dome attracts millions of visitors all over the year. One of the rituals of Hajj and Umrah is also to visit Masjid-e-Nabvi and offer prayers.
Jannat-al-Baqi is one of the oldest and very first cemeteries of Madina. Jannat-al-Baqi is also known as the “Garden of Heaven” as it is the resting place of the Prophet’s blessed family (Ahl-al-Bayt). Jannat-al-Baqi is the actual resting place of Hazrat Imam Hasan Ibn Ali (Radeyallāhu Taala ′Anhu) the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the elder brother of Hazrat Imam Hussain (Radeyallāhu Taala ′Anhu). Some Muslims believe that Jannat-al-Baqi is also the resting place of the Prophet’s beloved daughter Hazrat Fatima-al-Zehra (Radeyallāhu ′Anhu).
Masjid-al-Quba has a special and unique place in the heart of Madinian Muslims because it is the very first Mosque every build by beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the city of Madinah after when he started preaching Islam in the country. Masjid-e-Quba is a beautiful mosque also Mentioned in the Quran because of its other Islamic importances.
12. Mount Uhud
Mount Uhud is a historic place that not only serves to increase the beauty of Madinah city but also carries great importance as the Battle of Uhud was fought near this mountain. Battle of Uhud which was the second Islamic battle encountered between the people of Makkah and the Muslims. The graveyards of the martyrdoms of the battle can also be found near Mount Uhud which also includes many Companions of the Prophet.
13. Al-Madinah Museum
This museum is the oldest and the very first museum in Madinah which depicts the history of Islam and has many different archaeological collections, rare images related to Madinah and visual galleries. You can see at least 2000 artifacts in Al-Madinah Museum featuring the rich Islamic heritage.
Masjid-al-Kiblatain is a huge and exceptionally beautiful mosque in Madina. Visiting Masid-al-Kiblatain certainly will give you a rich and delightful experience because Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) use to recite in this mosque when he migrated from Makkah to Madina. Masjid-al-Kiblatain is the mosque where Prophet received the command from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta Aala) to change the Qibla direction from Masjid-al-Aqsa to Al-Kaaba.
15. The Deserts Of Saleh
If you have never seen deserts before, this place could be the perfect one for you while visiting Madina. Deserts of Saleh is one of the most exotic and beautiful deserts of Saudi Arabia with many gigantic tombs and caves with inscriptions and drawings from the ancient. This wonderful desert is now UNESCO World’s Heritage site which makes this place a must-visit site of Madina.
You can consider visiting these mentioned 15 sacred destinations that reflect the essence of Islamic history while on an umrah trip.
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