Makkah is the home of Ka’aba, the focal point of Umrah and Hajj tours. Makkah is also the holy city where Prophet Muhammad was born.
The pilgrimage to Mecca, also known as Hajj, is an Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city that is also the largest annual gathering of Muslims in the world. Mecca is the birthplace of Prophet Muhammed and site of the Kabaa making it the holiest and most sacred location on earth for Muslims.
Why Muslims should do HAJJ?
Described as one of the five pillars of Islam, Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca it is considered the sacred duty of all Muslims who are physically and financially able to perform the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Types of pilgrimage
There are 3 types of pilgrimage and you can choose different Hajj travel packages (Umrah package or Hajj package) depending on which type of pilgrimage want to carry out. The first is called Tamattu, which involves performing Umrah (not obligatory) only, before Hajj. the next is called Qiran, which involves the pilgrim’s intention to combine Umrah and Hajj together. And the third type of pilgrimage is called Ifraad, which involves the pilgrim’s intention to perform Hajj only.
Places to visit during the devotional trip:
Whether you are gone on hajj or Umrah, here is the list which is a strict into the itinerary:
Ghar E Hira - First revelation of the Holy Quran was on this holy site, one of many holy sites in Makkah.
Ghar E Suhr (the cave where the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Harzat Abu Bakr Siddiq rested in this place on the night of hijrah). A must for the ziyarat.
Birthplace of Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) ,(now a library). One of the closest of holy sites to haram.
Jable E rehmat - Where first prophet Adam and his wife Hawa found one another after being placed on earth.
Jannatul Mualla - Graveyard in makkah, the resting place of many of the close family of RasulAllah Sallaahualayhi wasalam including his beloved mother, son, wife, uncles and grandfather.
Minah, Muzdalifah, Arafat - Places of the rukns of Hajj
Masjid E Nimra (arafat)
Makkah Museum - situated about 10 minutes drive away from Haram, on old Jeddah road.
Whether on hajj or umrah, holy sites to visit in and around Madina include:
Masjid E Quba - First Masjid built
Jannat Al Baqi - resting place of thousands of the companions and family of RasulAllah SallahuAlayhiwasalam.
Uhud - place of the battle of Uhud
Jabal E Uhud - resting place during battle
Masjid E Nabawi Library - located inside the Masjid Nabwi, on the west side wall
Badr (about 20 minutes from Madinah) (place of battle of badr)
Masjid E Juma (Place where Surah was revealed and first Jummah prayer was read)
Masjid E Qiblatain - Where Allah swt ordered for the qibla to change towards Makka
A way to Makkah has become a perfect destination for the Muslim devotees who are planning to take up Umrah journey.