If you’re planning to visit Makkah for your Umrah pilgrimage, make sure not to leave empty-handed when returning home. You can buy souvenirs and gifts for yourself, your family, and friends from various shopping sites in Makkah.
You can either visit the Makkah mall or engage in street shopping on the narrow lanes to buy traditional picks. From delectable dates, and beautiful prayer mats, to fragrant Arabic perfumes, there are plenty of options you can shop. There is something special for everyone in this city.
Saudi Arabia is known for producing a wide variety of dates, namely Ajwa dates, which are among the most precious and expensive. Acco As per Islamic history, Ajwa dates hold a special place and are a sunnah to consume on a daily basis. Narrated by Sa`d: Our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”
You can also look out for other varieties of dates such as Anbar, Mabroom, Sukkari, Kalas, and Safawi, that are being brought to Makkah from the different regions of the country.
You can find colorful prayer rugs with a variety of styles, designs, and materials. Each prayer mat is priced differently. You can choose the right prayer mat according to your liking and budget.
Miswak, a natural toothbrush made from the Salvadora Persica tree, plays a significant role in the Islamic history. It is highly recommended to use them on a daily basis to clean the teeth to prevent plaque and cavities. Miswak is known to contain several medicinal and healing properties. Make sure to add Miswak to your shopping list and buy a bunch of them for your family and friends.
Oud or Oudh is an Arabic term, that is a type of fragrant oil derived from the heart of the Agar tree. The perfume has a warm, woody scent and is very popular in the Middle East. Ouds range in price from the most affordable to the most expensive. You can find many shops in Makkah selling them. You can enjoy Oudh in a more subtle way by purchasing Bakhoor. These are agarwood chips soaked in perfume oils and sold by weight. Once you’ve bought Bakhoor, put them over a small piece of charcoal or an electric burner to release its fragrant fumes.
Mus’hafis another Arabic term for the ‘Quran’. It contains the same chapters as in the Quran. You can find a wide variety of Mus’hafs in Makkah where some come in different sizes, are translated into different languages, and published by notable scholars.
From Kandoras, and Abayas to Ghatra sets, you can find elaborate traditional clothes to shop for. Make sure to buy the entire set for both men and women to complete the Arabic attire.
Makkah has plenty of souvenirs to take back home such as fridge magnets, Arabic tea sets, traditional cooking sets, and more. Visit the city’s streets to find unique gifts for your family and friends.
Complete your trip to Makkah with these exciting gifts. This list is certainly not the end but use it as the essential shopping checklist that shouldn’t be missed when buying your favorite souvenirs in Makkah.
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