The birthplace of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) and the Qibla of Muslims residing across the globe, the city of Makkah holds immense significance in the Islamic religion. The reasons for it are many whether historical, spiritual, or physical. The most prominent feature of this city is the presence of Masjid-al-Haram where pilgrims arrive through their Umrah packages from UK and the rest of the countries and offer the holy rituals.
So, if you are in Makkah, here are some of the places to visit during your Umrah performance.
The largest mosque in the world and the Qibla of Muslims, Masjid-al-haram (or the Grand Mosque of Makkah) has the capacity to accommodate nearly 1.2 million pilgrims at once. Yet, many expansion projects are underway. Here not only the Holy Kaabah is present but also the Masjid houses;
• Zamzam well.
• The hills of Safah and Marwah.
• Hajar-al-Aswad (the Black Stone).
• Hijr-Ismail, etc.
The sunnah pilgrimage of Umrah is performed inside the Masjid-al-Haram while some of the rituals of the obligatory Hajj pilgrimage are also performed inside of it.
So, when you are visiting Makkah during Umrah, going to Masjid-al-Haram and offering the holy rituals there is a must.
This luxurious mall of Makkah provides a dynamic shopping and dining atmosphere to visitors. Here, You can find a variety of local to international brands, restaurants, and a lot of other things as well. So, you can shop, eat and also buy souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
Another sacred place in Makkah, Muzdalifah is a plain, flat land lying within the Mina Valley and Arafat region. Here, pilgrims of hajj spend an entire day as part of the major rituals of hajj. Sleeping under the clear, open skies pilgrims also spend the night here and wake up early for Fajar prayers.
Factory of Kiswah
The famous factory of Kiswah at Umm Al-Jud is a must-visit. Here the Kiswah i.e., the Black covering of the Holy Kaabah is handmade using pure silk and threads of gold. Every year during the hajj time, the Kiswah is replaced with a new one.
The renowned Hira cave is present in Jabal-al-Noor in Makkah city where Holy Prophet (SAWW) used to go for prayers and meditation. Also, the first ever revelation of the Holy Quran was made to Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) here during a night of Ramadan by Hazrat Jibril (AS) as per the will of Allah Almighty.
Jabal-al-Noor gets its name from the fact that a mysterious light shines on the mountain during the night.
Tuwa Well, also known as Bir Tuwa, is also a prominent site to visit in Makkah. The special thing about this well is that Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) not only spent a night here but also in the morning he cleaned himself from its water and entered Makkah.
Mina, also known as the ‘Tent City’, is a valley located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Makkah city. Here, more than 100,000 air-conditioned, Teflon-covered tents are present to facilitate the pilgrims’ stay during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Also, the Jamarat Bridge is present inside this valley where the famous ritual of Hajj i.e., Rami-al-Jamarat (Stoning the Devil) is performed by the pilgrims.
So, if you are traveling to Makkah soon for the holy rituals of the minor pilgrimage, these are the places that you should consider visiting as well.
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