Top 5 Things to Do In Makkah
Makkah—often referred to as the capital of Islam—is a beautiful city of Saudi Arabia with various exquisite and magnificent places with cultural and historical significance. According to Islam, every Muslim that is financially and physically able must perform hajj at least once in their lives. Therefore, there’s an influx of Muslims who visit Makkah and Medina every year from different parts of the world. Here are the top 5 things to do if you’re planning a trip to the sacred city of Saudi Arabia.
1) Grand Mosque (Haram)
That goes without saying, but Grand Mosque, known as Masjid-e-Haram, is the most definite place to visit in Makkah and must already be in your plan. It’s the largest mosque in the world in the heart of Makkah and surrounded by the holiest places of Islam. The Mosque has both indoor and outdoor praying area and also the places like AlSafa, Al Marwan, Muqam Ibrahim, and ZamZam. The beautiful and majestic view that this mosque offers is parallel to none.
2) Masjid Taneem
Masjid Taneem—famously known as Masjid-e-Ayesha—Is located 5 miles away from Kaaba and serve as a place of Miqa’t for pilgrims who visit to perform Hajj or Umrah. Here, pilgrims enter into the state of Ihram, which is one of the primary conditions to perform pilgrimage. This place is extremely huge and has great amenities and facilities of ablutions, baths, and for changing.
3) Mountain of Light (Jabal-Al-Noor) and Hira Cave
Mountain of Light—known as Jabal-Al-Noor—is one of the most popular places in Makkah that lures the visitors that come to Makkah due to the famous Hira Cave (Ghar-e-Hira)—the place where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is believed to receive his first revelation from the Angel Gabriel. It’s a rocky mountain so travels must hike for roughly around two hours to get to the Hira Cave. You can also watch Kaaba once you reach the top as it directly faces the most sacred site in Islam.
4) Makkah Mall
The city of Makkah is no short of shopping places as pilgrim and visitors takes souvenirs for their loved ones, but there’s no match of Makkah Mall. Located conveniently near the Grand Mosque, this mall is filled with most popular brands in the world and a top-class food court with local cuisine and international food chains, making it an ideal place to visit with your loved ones.
5) Mount Arafat
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that the visit of Makkah remains incomplete if one does not visit Mount Arafat. This place has great religious significance for Muslims as it is believed to be the hill that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stand on to deliver the farewell sermon of Last Hajj—Khutbah Hajjatul Wida. Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit Mount Arafat and pray for blessings and ask for forgiveness from God (The Almighty Allah).
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