Makkah is Islam’s holiest city, as it’s the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and of our beautiful faith itself. Traveling through the city where so much history took place is a surreal and emotional experience.
Jabal ar-Rahma (Hill of Arafat) – The site of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) last sermon.
Jabal Al Noor (The Mountain of Light) – In this mountain is the Cave of Hira, where Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) received the first revelations of the Holy Qur’an.
Jabal Al Thur – The cave in which Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Abu Bakr (RA) hid for three days and nights as they made Hijra to Madinah. They were fleeing from from the Quraysh, who intended to kill our beloved Prophet (pbuh). The cave entrance was blocked by a spider’s web and a bird’s nest, leading the Quraysh to believe no one was in the cave. SubhanAllah!
Jannatul Mu’alla – The cemetery in which several members of the Prophet’s (pbuh) family and many Sahabah are buried.
Abraj Al Bait (Makkah Royal Hotel Clock Tower) – a huge service complex that opened in 2012 to modernize Makkah and cater to its pilgrims. It definitely makes for an imposing sight as it towers over the pilgrims inside the masjid. The tower also includes an Islamic Museum and a Lunar Observation Center.
Mina – A “city” that hosts millions of people during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. This artificial neighborhood is made up of 100,000 air-conditioned tents. During Hajj, this is the site of the symbolic stoning of the devil.
Muzdalifah – An area of 12.25 square kilometers of desert where Hajj pilgrims spend the night.