Jabal Al-NoorThis is the Mountain of Light on which the cave of Hiraa is situated. The Cave Hiraa is where the Quran was revealed to the Prophet PBUH through Angel Gabriel. Pilgrims will be taken to the base of the mountain to the nearest possible side on the day and here the Pilgrims may view the great Mountain from below and ponder and reflect. There are no special duas here. Duration: Around 15 minutes.
NOTE: If any pilgrim wishes to climb the mountain then they may do so separately on another day (preferably after Fajr/Breakfast) as it takes up to 1 hour going up and 40 minutes to come down. Good footwear is essential.
Jabal Al-ThawrThis is the Mountain by which the Prophet Muhammad PBUH stopped at with Abu Bakr RA when they began the Hijrah to Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah which the cave of Hiraa is situated. Pilgrims will be taken to the base of the mountain to the nearest possible side on the day depending on traffic and crowds and here the Pilgrims may view the Mountain from below and ponder and reflect how the Prophet PBUH was faced with harshness and difficulties. There are no special duas here.
Duration: Around 15 minutes.
NOTE: If any pilgrim wishes to climb the mountain then it is possible to do so separately on another day (preferably after Fajr and an early Breakfast) as it takes up to 1.5 hours going up and 1 hour to come down. Good footwear, sunscreen, umbrella, sunglasses, water bottle is essential.
Mina, Muzdalifah and JamaraatThese are landmarks where Pilgrims performing Hajj complete the rites of Hajj.
Mina: A vast area of fireproof air-conditioned tents that all look similar to each other.
Pilgrims from different continents stay in designated areas.
For example: 1) Europe, Turkey, America and Australia stay in one area furthest away from Jamaraat. 2) Africa and Northern Africa are in one designated area. 3) South Asia stay in a separate area.
Muzdalifah: Here the Pilgrims after completing their standing in Arafaat, come to Muzdalifah and remember Allah SWT and stay the night under the stars in the open sky.
Jamaraat: This large area has the new extended pillars (plates). The small, middle and large pillar represent the action of pelting the pebbles at the Shaytaan (Devil) during Hajj.
The complex comprises of 4 floors, Ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor.
Duration: Tour by drive (no stop).
Masjid Quba (Quba Mosque)The first Mosque of Islam, situated in the south of the city upon entering the City of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. The Prophet PBUH stopped here for 4 days and built the first Mosque here before moving into the city, and thereafter he built his Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi) with the help of his companions and the Ansaar (Helpers) of Madinah.
The virtue and reward for praying 2 Rakah unit Prayer here is a reward a full completed Umrah. Both men and women may pray there and it is a large Mosque with shops and market stalls selling sweets, dates and fresh fruit surrounding area with very competitive prices. Please be aware that it can get very crowded at times.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Masjid Al-Qiblatain (Mosque of 2 Qiblahs)Here is the Mosque where the Prophet PBUH changed the Qiblah (direction for prayer) from Baitul Maqdis in Jerusalem towards the Kabah in Makkah. The old direction is opposite the Qiblah of today, the Kabah.
There is no special virtue to pray in this Mosque, and a 2 Rakaat Prayer for entering the Mosque is only the Sunnah here as per any other Mosque. There are facilities for both men and women, the toilets for women here can get very crowded, please ensure you check clearly where you are and where the vehicle/transport is parked to avoid losing time.
Duration: Around 20 minutes.
Jabal & Shohadaa Uhud
The Mount of Uhud is on the northern side of Madinah one straight road from the Prophet’s Mosque and it can be seen from far and wide.
At the foot of the Mountain is an area where the Battle of Uhud took place and the Martyrs of Uhud are buried- at least 70 Martyrs including the great “Lion of Allah” Hamzah Ibn Abdul Muttalib RA and Mus’ab Ibn Umair are buried amongst many others.
(Mount Uhud & Martyrs of Uhud)
It is possible to give greetings to those buried there in the graveyard and also climb the small Archers’ Hill to have a good idea of how the Battle of Uhud unfolded. There are open street market stalls selling dates, sweets, and naturally dried mint leaves and other spices.
Duration: 1 hour maximum. NOTE: Good footwear essential.
Sab’a Masajid (Seven Mosques)Is a group of Mosques, its real number is six, but its name is known as Seven Mosques. These small Mosques are located on the western side of Mount Sila’ when part of the trench dug by Muslims in the time of the Prophet PBUH to defend Madinah when the Quraish marched into Madinah on 5th AH. The Mosques are in a row from the north to the south. Masjid Fath is one of the group of masjids known collectively as Masjid Sab’ah (The Seven Mosques), the others being Masjid Salman Farsi, Masjid Ali, Masjid Umar, Masjid Sa’ad, Masjid Abu Bakr.
Most of the Mosques apart from Abu Bakr Mosque and Al-Fath Mosque have been demolished and a large Mosque has been built in their places of people to visit now.
There are no special prayers here, only the 2 Rakah prayer for entering the Mosque.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Date FarmA stop off at a local date farm in Madinah where you will be able to buy from the source. Freshly picked and sold to you while having the accessibility to venture around the grounds of the farm to see the process.
Duration: 15 minutes