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Places to Visit in Makkah – Mina


Mina

‘And remember God, during certain days numbered. If any man hastens on in two days, that is no sin for him; and if he delays, it is not a sin for him; if he fears; and fear God, and know that to Him you shall be gathered.’ [Qur’an 2:203]

Photo credit: Akram Abahre
Photo credit: Akram Abahre

Mina is the place where the pilgrims congregate during the Hajj and stay there on the 8th and then from 11th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah during the days of Tashriq.

Mina is situated approximately 7 kilometres to the east of Makkah. The pilgrims come here after completing their Hajj Rites and sacrifice an animal and cut / shave their heads before coming out from the state of Ihram.

“And when he was old enough to walk with him, he said, ‘O my dear son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice you. So see what you think’. He said, ‘O my father do whatever you have been commanded. You shall find me, God willing, of the steadfast’. And when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down on his forehead, We called to him, ‘O Abraham! Verily you have fulfilled the vision’. So do We reward those who are virtuous. Truly this was indeed a clear test’. Then We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.” [Qur’an 37: 102-107]

It is here that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him) brought his son Isma’il (Peace be Upon Him) in order to sacrifice him following the dream that he had. It is also here that the Shaytan tried to tempt him away from his mission to sacrifice his son so he beat Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These are marked by the 3 large walls known as the Jamarat, where pilgrims to this day stone the walls in recognition of this act of Ibrahim (Peace be Upon Him). Finally it is here, in Mina, where the pilgrim sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Peace be Upon Him) willingness to sacrifice his son, and how Allah sent a Ram in Isma’il’s (Peace be Upon Him) place, as a ransom for him.

Mina is also the place where Masjid Al Khayf and Masjid Bay’ah are located.

More details can be found in the links below:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/other/mina.html  

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/548

Places to Visit in Makkah – Masjid Bay’ah


Masjid Bay’ah

Masjid Bay’ah is in ‘Aqaba, the nearest part of Mina to Makkah. It marks the place where the early Madinan Muslims came to give Bay’ah (Allegiance) to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) which led to the eventual Hijrah of the Muslims from Makkah to Madinah.

Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Photo Courtesy of Google Images

The first Bay’ah was given two years before the Hijrah with 12 people of Madina giving Bay’ah. The second Bay’ah took place one year before the Hijrah and was attended by 75 people from Madina who gave their Allegiance to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and pomised to protect him should he migrate to Madinah.

This was the catalyst for the momentous Hijrah which became the start of a new Dawn for the Muslims.

A Masjid was built here to commemorate the location and Alhamdu Lillah it’s one of the few structures that still remain today.

More details can be found in the link below:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/other/masjid_biah.html

Places to Visit in Makkah – Mualla Cemetary


Jannat Al Mu’alla Cemetary

This is the famous grave yard in Makkah not to too far from Masjid Al Haram. Many of the Companions, their followers, scholars and the righteous are buried in this graveyard. One of the most famous graves is that of Lady Khadijah (the wife of the Prophet [SAW]). Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – Mualla Cemetary

Places to Visit in Makkah – Jabal Thur


Jabal Thur

‘If ye help him not, still Allah helped him when those who disbelieve drove him forth, the second of two; when they two were in the cave, when he said unto his comrade: Grieve not. Lo! Allah is with us. Then Allah caused His peace of reassurance to descend upon him and supported him with hosts ye cannot see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the nethermost, while Allah’s Word it was that became the uppermost. Allah is Mighty, Wise.’ [Qur’an 9:40] Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – Jabal Thur

Places to Visit in Makkah – Jabal Nur


Jabal Nur / Ghare Hira

‘Surely he beheld Him (Gibril) on the clear horizon’ [Qur’an 81:23]

Jabal Nur: Copyright Farhan Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the place where it all began. Where Hidaya descended from the Heavens. Where the first revelations came down to a trembling man in awe of what had befallen him (SAW).

‘Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, Createth man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teacheth by the pen, Teacheth man that which he knew not.’ [Qur’an 96: 1-5]

Cave Hira: Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

How must it have felt that night when the Angel came down in all his glory? A moment in time that was to be the beginning of something so great that it would conquer the hearts and minds of billions of people around the globe.

To this day people come here to experience the climb and see for themselves the tiny cave in which the Prophet (SAW) sojourned himself, and, to where his blessed wife regularly brought him food and drink.

May our footsteps fall on the blessed earth on which the Prophet (SAW) walked and may the barakah of such a place bring untold blessings in our life.

More from AlMiskeenah here:

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/331

Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Abu Bakr As Siddiq (RA)


The House of Abu Bakr (RA) in Makkah

Who gives his wealth (in charity) to become purified,while no one has conferred any favour on him for which he would give a return, but (he gave his wealth in charity) only to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High.’

[Qur’an 98:18-20 *This verse was revealed in relation to Abu Bakr (RA) freeing Bilal (RA) as a slave in Makkah ]

House of Abu Bakr (RA) in Makkah
House of Abu Bakr (RA) in Makkah

 

 

 

 

 

This is the approximate location of the house of Abu Bakr (RA) in Makkah. This is the blessed house that the Prophet (SAW) would have frequented regularly. It was here that Abu Bakr (RA) lived with his family and it is from here that the blessed Hijrah to Madinah was commenced.

The approximate location is in the current Makkah Towers Hotel where a Masjid in the name of Abu Bakr (RA) has been built on the 4th floor.

More info available from the Islamic Landmarks website here:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/other/house_of_abu_bakr_ra.html

Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Umm Hani


The House of Umm Hani (aka Fakhita bint Abu Talib)

‘Glorious is He Who made his servant travel by night from Al-Masjid-ul-Harām to Al-Masjid-ul-AqSā whose environs We have blessed, so that We let him see some of Our signs. Surely, He is the All-Hearing, the All- Seeing.’ [Qur’an 17:01]

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Umm Hani was the cousin of the Prophet (SAW) and the daughter of his uncle Abu Talib. The Prophet (SAW) grew up at the same time as her and would visit her house often. According to some sources, it is from here that the Prophet (SAW) commenced his Night Journey of Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj.

The house of Umm Hani, like many of the other historical houses in the area, has been eaten up by the current Mosque Complex. Umm Hani’s house was located near by the current Bab Malik Abdul Aziz Gate.

More info can be found in the following links:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/house_of_umme_hani_ra.html

http://almiskeenah.com/archives/13319

Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Khadija (RA)


The House of Khadija (RA)

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! This is Khadijah, coming to you with a dish having meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord (Allah) and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil, (fatigue, trouble, etc.).”  [Al-Bukhari]

The house of Khadija (RA) also used to be in the Banu Hashim district near to the house where the Prophet (SAW) was born.

A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be
A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was here that the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived much of his adult life after marriage and up to the Hijrah. It was here where the Prophet (peace be upon him) received some of the first revelations. It was here that most of his children were born. It was here that he spent some of his most difficult years whilst living in Makkah under the persecution of the Quraysh. And it was here from where he started his momentous Hijrah, leaving ‘Ali (RA) in his blessed bed.

House of Khadija 1920
House of Khadija 1920

The house that was there was demolished to make way for the expansion of the existing Mosque. In 1989 there was an excavation of the area to reveal the extent of the house. Some of the pictures from the excavations can be found below (mainly sourced via google):

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The house is reported to have had 5 key areas. The 1st area was the guest area / or the reception room as we would now know it. The 2nd area was the children’s quarters and where Fatima (RA) was born. The 3rd area was the prayer room where the Prophet (SAW) prayed and the 4th area is the blessed room of Khadija (RA). The 5th area constituted the hallways and the circulation space.

Khadijashouse Plan

It is not clearly known any longer as to exactly where the house sat, but it was near about where the current ablution areas are behind the Marwah gates.

In the following is a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Zaki Yemeni and in it he explains the significance of the House of Khadija and his involvement in the excavation of the site.

It would have been nice if the authorities had at least placed a plaque where the old house stood so that people could at least see where it was and where some of the early events of Islam unfolded.

More info here:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/house_of_khadija_ra.html

http://almiskeenah.com/AlMadinahAlMunawwarah/house-of-khadija-radhiallahu-anha-makkah

http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/422530-house-of-hazrat-khadijah-ra-qubbat-ul-wahi/

Places to Visit in Makkah – The Birthplace of the Prophet (SAW)


Birthplace of the Prophet (SAW)

‘ We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.’ [Qur’an 21:107]

House where Prophet (SAW) was born - Copyright Islamopedia
House where Prophet (SAW) was born – Copyright Islamopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the blessed place where the best of Mankind was born in the month of Rabi’ Al Awwal in the Year of the Elephant.

It is located in the old Banu Hashim district in which lived all the family members of the clan of Banu Hashim, including the Prophet (SAW).

Previously it used to be a place for prayer and Seerah lessons until it was destroyed by the authorities and then later reinstated as a library.

AlMiskeenah has a good post on it on her blog:
http://almiskeenah.com/archives/13294

Places to Visit in Makkah – Safa and Marwah


Safa and Marwah

‘Indeed Safā and Marwah are among the marks of Allah. So whoever comes to the House for Hajj or performs ‘Umrah, there is no sin for him if he makes rounds between them; whoever comes up with good on his own, then Allah is Appreciating, All-Knowing.’ [Qur’an 2:158]

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Safa and Marwah are two small mountains near the Ka’bah. It was these two mountains that Hagar (AS) had ran between in search of water when the baby Isma’il (AS) was crying out of hunger and thirst.

She started with mount Safa, climbed on top to see if she could locate any water or any persons that could assist her, she found nothing and then descended and went to mount Marwah and did the same. She did this seven times before the Angel came and uncovered for her the well of Zam Zam.

There was a section of the valley between the two mountains from where she could not see Isma’il (AS) and she would sprint this section to get to the other side. This is currently demarcated by the green lights that show the area which she ran.

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The pilgrims complete the seven circuits of Safa and Marwah and the running between the green lights as part of the ritual of Sa’i when completing the Hajj or Umrah.