The city of Mecca has always been synonymous with the Grand Mosque which is the main mecca for Muslims around the world. Throughout the year, the hometown of Prophet Muhammad SAW is crowded with pilgrims who perform Umrah and in the month of Zulhijah, it is used for the pilgrimage.
Besides the Grand Mosque, there are many interesting places in Makkah to visit. If you have plans to perform Hajj or Umrah, below are recommendations for 10 religious tourist attractions in Mecca to learn about Islamic history that you can visit.
- Jabal Rahmah is believed to be the place where Adam and Eve first met on earth after they were both expelled from heaven
- Safa and Marwa hills are places for sa’i (jogging) in a series of hajj and umrah pilgrimages. These two hills are known as the place where Siti Hajar, the mother of Prophet Ismail, ran for water
- Hira Cave in Jabal Nur is the first place where the Prophet Muhammad SAW received the revelation of the Qur’an. You can climb this hill, you know
- The Cave of Tsur became the hiding place of the Prophet Muhammad and Abu Bakr when they wanted to move to Medina. The view is so beautiful
- Al Khaif Mosque is located in Mina, precisely under Mount Safa’ih. In a hadith, it is said that 70 prophets prayed here
- The Makkah Al Mukaramah library is believed to be the home of the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, which is not far from the Grand Mosque
- Al Kiswa Factory is a factory that manufactures kiswah or black cloth covering the Kaaba. The cloth is decorated with manually embroidered calligraphy
- The Two Holy Mosques Architecture Exhibition stores architectural information about the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque
- Tan’im Mosque or Aisyah Mosque is the miqat (starting limit) of Umrah worship. Congregants usually change clothes with ihram cloth here
- Besides the Ta’nim Mosque, the Ji’ranah Mosque is also often used as a miqat. Prophet Muhammad SAW and his entourage had stopped here
Those are 10 religious tourist attractions in Mecca that you can visit during Ramadan while worshiping and getting to know the history of Islam. Hopefully, someday I can visit all of them, yes!