Going on a trip to the Holy Lands soon?
Then you must schedule an extra day or two to check out Makkah’s and Madinah’s most spectacular sights and attractions.
The following list will give you some pointers on the must-see attractions of Makkah and Madinah. You may also want to explore some of the surrounding cities for even more things to see and do.
Jannat Al Mu’alla in Makkah
It is a cemetery where most of Prophet Muhammed’s relatives are buried, among which are his mother, his grandfather, and Al Saydah Khadijah. It was constructed long before Prophet Muhammed was born and remains to this day. However, due to the destruction of many of the landmarks the area only contains rocks marking where the bodies were buried. People mainly pass by to pay their respects to the deceased. It is always opened and has no admission fees.
Jabal Al Nour in Makkah
This is also known as the Hill of Englitement where Prophet Muhammed went to search for Allah before the message was bestowed upon him, and this is where Saydna Jabriel appeared before Prophet Muhammed for the first time. Make sure to take plenty of water with you and it is preferable to visit it in the afternoon or at night to avoid the heat and strong sunlight in the mornings.
Masjid Aisha in Makkah
It is located on the highway between Makkah and Madinah, and it is considered a Miqat as it is where Saydah Aisha started her Ihram. It is also known as Taneem Mosque and you can find many vendors for Ihram clothes and other Hajj and Umrah essentials.
Jabal Thawr in Makkah
Thawr Mountain, known as the sign of faith and hope. As the cave where Prophet Muhammed and his companion Abu Bakr Al Sedeeq hid from their enemies and stayed for 3 days lies there. As a blessing from Allah, a spider web was created at the entrance of the cave and a pigeon laid its eggs in front of it. It is a tiring, long climb but when you reach the peak and see the view you will forget everything and just praise Allah for the beauty surrounding you.
Factory of Kaaba Kiswa Manufacturing in Makkah
This is where more than 100 workers transform 670 kilos of silk into Kiswa of Al Kaaba while taking care of every small detail from the outer black lining to the inner green cover, the typography written with gold and silver threads, and the drawings done with perfection. The Kiswa was first placed by Sayedna Ibrahim and is still replaced every year before the Hajj season. You are welcomed to check out how the artisans are doing it every Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday from 9 am to 12 pm.