19 Places To Visit In Madinah And 8 Places to Visit in Makkah During Hajj And Umrah

Preparing for the Places To Visit In Makkah And Madinah During Hajj And Umrah is the best way

Preparing for the Places To Visit In Makkah And Madinah During Hajj And Umrah is the best way to get the full experience on your travel to Makkah and Madinah. Pack Your Bag For a Spiritual Journey!

Makkah and Al-Madinah have one of two sacred destinations. Once I entered those two beautiful countries, I was thinking about how I could live every event that happened during the Prophetic era.

“O Allah! Am I here? Is this real? Am I standing at the same spot where the feet of the prophet were there?” 

What Places Could Be Visited During Hajj And Umrah?

The best way to find attractions there is to open your Google Maps. This was my strategy there. Google Maps also helps you know the working hours of these attractive places in Makkah and Madinah. Follow the places below:

Places To Visit In Madinah During Umrah

Do not miss enjoying a bus tour with City Sightseeing Al Madinah, so that you can visit the best attractions.

1. Masjid Quba’: 

Masjid Qubaa is the First Mosque to be built during the Prophetic era.

2. Masjid Al Qiblatain:

Masjid Al Qiblatain is where the revelation (Quran: 2: 144) came to change the direction of the Qiblah from Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem to the Ka’bah in Makkah. Masjid Al-Qiblatain is the location where the first congregational salah was prayed following the change.

3. Masjid Ar-Rayah:

 Masjid Ar-Rayah is a mosque which marked the site on which the Prophet  (ﷺ) erected a flag to commemorate the conquest of Makkah.

4. The Seven Mosques:

The seven mosques are Al-Fath Mosque, Salman Al-Farsi Mosque, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq Mosque, Umar bin Khattab Mosque Ali bin Abi Talib Mosque and Fatimah Az-Zahra Mosque.

5. Masjid Al Ghamamah: 

“Ghamamah” in Arabic means cloud. It is narrated that rain clouds covered the city when the Prophet Muhammad  (ﷺ) had performed Salat ul-Istasqa (prayer for seeking rain).

6. Masjid al-Jummah: 

Masjid al-Jummah marks the site where the Prophet (ﷺ) led his first friday prayer.

7. Masjid As-Sajadah: 

As-Sajadah in Arabic means “the prostration”. The prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) prostrated here showing gratitude after hearing good news. The Angel Jibril came to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and promised that Allah will pray upon whoever that prays upon Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and that whoever sends peace to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), Allah will send peace back to them.

8. Masjid Al-Ijabah: 

Al-Ijabah in Arabic means the acceptance of one’s supplication. The Prophet ﷺ supplicated to Allah twice in this place, the first time during the economic blockade of Quraish for him and the Muslims before the emigration and the second time on the day of the conquest of Makkah. 

9. The grounds of the Uhud Battle: 

The place of the Uhud Battle witnessed the expedition of Uhud and the tragedy that occured there.

10. Cave of Bani Haram: 

It is a critical symbol of the Expedition of Trench (Al-Khandaq). It is known as the “cave of prostration”.

11. Saqifah Bani Saidah: 

 Saqifah Bani Saidah refers to the location of an event in early Islam where some of the companions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad  (ﷺ) pledged their allegiance to Abu Bakr (RA) as the first caliph and successor to Muhammad  (ﷺ) shortly after his death.

12. Well of Ghars: 

Well of Ghar was one of the wells preferred by The Prophet (ﷺ) due to its freshness and was said to have drank water and performed ablution from the well.

13. Well of Rumah (Well of ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan): 

When the Prophet (ﷺ) came to Madinah, the only source of fresh water was the well of Rumah and without payment no one allowed to drink water from the well. ‘Uthman (RA) bought the well from the owner (who was a jew) for twenty-thousand dirhams and donated it for the rich and poor and wayfarers.

14. The Well of ‘Ethiq: 

The place where Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and Abu Bakr (RA) sat for a while and drank water when he visited Madinah for the first time after migration from Makkah.

15. The Palace of ‘Urwah Ibn Az-Zubair: 

The Palace of ‘Urwah Ibn Az-Zubair is located on the banks of Wadi al-Aqeeq in the west of Madinah. It was built towards the end of the first century AH.

16. Garden of Salman Al Farsi: 

This garden reveals the story of Salman when he became a free man.

17. Al Hijaz Railway Station: 

The Hejaz Railway was built on the order of Ottoman ruler Sultan Abdulhameed II to pave the way for Muslim pilgrims and connect the Muslim world.

18. Masjid Al-Manaratain (Banee Deenaar): 

Masjid Al-Manaratain is a mosque built at the location where the Prophet (ﷺ) had prayed. 

19. Other places:

There are many other places to visit in Madinah such as the Charitable Society for the Memorization of the Qoran, the Prophet’s Mosque Building Exhibition, the Dar Al Madinah Museum, the Public Library Of Medina, and others.

Best Places To Visit In Makkah During Hajj and Umrah

There are many places that you can visit in Maccah during Umrah and Hajjm such as the following:

1. The Mount Arafat: 

The Mount Arafat is the place where Adam and Eve reunited on Earth after falling from Heaven. It is also the place where the Prophet Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon ( known as Khutbat Al-Wada’) to his Companions. It is also one of the destinations of the Muslim pilgrims.   

2. Cave of Thawr:

 The place where the Prophet (ﷺ) and Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA) took shelter to flee from the Quraish during their migration from Makkah to Al-Madinah.

3. Jabal An-Nour: 

The mountain houses the cave of Hira’ where the Prophet (ﷺ) received the first Revelation of the Quran on Laylat ul-Qadr by the Angel Jibril 

4. Masjid Al Bay’ah: 

It is situated near Mina and it is the site where two crucial pledges of allegiance were made by the Ansar of Madinah, which led to the migration of the Prophet (ﷺ) to the city.

5. Masjid Al-Khayf:

Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Seventy Prophets prayed in Masjid al-Khayf.” [Majma‘uz-Zawahid]

6. Masjid Al-Hudaibiyah: 

A Mosque which marks the location of the Treaty of Hudaibiyah, a peace agreement between the Prophet (ﷺ) and the Quraysh tribe of Makkah.

7. Wadi Hunain (Ash-Shara’I’): 

This place witnessed the Expedition of Hunain, the last battle during the Prophetic era.

8. Other Places in Makkah:

There are many other places to visit such as the Al-Kharar Reserve, and the Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques.

Historical Places to Visit in Madinah and Historical Places to Visit in Makkah

Attractions are divided into two categories. First, attractions witnessed events during the Prophetic era such as expeditions, Divine Revelations…etc. Second, other attractions are newly built museums, stations and Islamic centres.

Do not Miss the Doubled Reward!!

Try not to miss performing all five prayers inside the Haram. So, the best way to enjoy your tour without missing the doubled reward is to plan your schedule so that you can return back pray there and then continue your tour. Ibn Az-Zubair (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

‏-{ صَلَاةٌ فِي مَسْجِدِي هَذَا أَفْضَلُ مِنْ أَلْفِ صَلَاةٍ فِيمَا سِوَاهُ إِلَّا اَلْمَسْجِدَ اَلْحَرَامَ , وَصَلَاةٌ فِي اَلْمَسْجِدِ اَلْحَرَامِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ صَلَاةٍ فِي مَسْجِدِي بِمِائَةِ صَلَاةٍ }.
“Offering prayer in my mosque (in Madinah) is better than one thousand prayers elsewhere, save for those offered prayer in al-Masjid al-Haram (in Makkah). And prayer offered in al-Masjid al-Haram is better than prayer offered in my mosque by one hundred prayers.” (Related by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih)

Why Do We Pay a Visit to Those Places?

Indeed, this visit reclaims the heart of every Muslim and strengthens his sense of belonging to the Muslim world.

Before travelling, I decided to read the Prophetic biography. Thus, I invite you to read the prophetic biography before your visit. Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtoum (The Sealed Nectar) is an excellent reference that can help you live the events and understand the historical background of the Arab peninsula during the pre-Islamic era.

Conclusion – It’s Your Turn!

I am happy to share with you my tour in Makkah and Al-Madinah. You can also check my list on Google Maps to find more places. This was my first visit.  I left my heart there.

Curious to have the same tour and to share the same feelings? Then it’s time to know more about Islam and to become a Muslim so that you can take this vital step first. Don’t hesitate; it really deserves. Praise be to Allah, The Lord of all worlds….May Allah accept us…May Allah invite us to visit His Sacred Mosques again and again…May Allah grant us pilgrimage…and Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and companions…Ameen.

Rehab Jamal Bakri

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