In Madina Hotels, like in Makkah, Bus representatives place their ads and ask people for ziarat on daily basis. You can either register with them (SR10 per person) or go to Hiace van parking areas in Markaziya and book your own van for Ziarat (if you know names of all locations).
If you are going via bus, make sure you do not waste others time by coming late from Hotel or from Ziarat points. Try to return back to buses by the time provided to avoid hassle.
Do not buy items from tour operators as most of the items are fake and even their stories are fabricated. These items (fake) are also available at comparable lower rates throughout your route.
The date market in the route is comparatively expensive. You can buy dates from dates market in Markaziya. The shopkeepers normally lie about the type and quality, so be careful when dealing with them.
Abayas can be bought from Bangali Market or Abaya market behind Markazia date market. However, do not waste your time in shopping, especially during day time.
The images for renowned Ziarat are given below as per the route of buses. Normally, the Garden of Hazrat Salman Farsi (RadiAllahtaalah Anhu) is shown from bus without stopping. The First stop normally is Masjid-e-Quba, the first mosque build by Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
The second most visited place is the Jabal-e-Uhud and the resting place of Shuhda-e-Uhud including Hazrat Hamza (RadiAllahtaalah Anhu). Buses normally stop at the parking near Masjid-e-Uhud and the small mount Jabl-e-Rumah (where archers were placed). The graves are not marked and are inside a locked boundary wall but can be seen from glasses.
The Masjid-e-Qiblatain is the mosque where Ayats for change in Qibla were received. Recently, the mosque has been renovated and the old Qibla Mihrab towards Jerusalem is removed.
The Sab’aa Masajid (Seven Mosques) are built at the site of the Battle of Trench (Khandaq). The largest mosque recently renovated is the Al-Fath Mosque on the Sela mountain.
The date farm is the place where a small market for dates is established beside a date farm. You can either buy dates from here or from the Dates market in Markaziya (preferred).
The place where the first Jumma prayers were performed shortly after Hijrah is Masjid-e-Jumma, however, buses normally do not stop here. Masjid Jumma is also known by Masjid Bani Salim and Masjid Aatikah.
The four Masajid named after the Khulfa-e-Rashideen at the locations of their houses are situated inside Markaziya, from gate 6 of Masjid-e-Nabawi along with Masjid-e-Gamama. The Jannat-ul-Baqee is beside Masjid-e-Nabawi (gates 35-36). Kindly do not get inside graves area in Baqee and do not take pictures with graves.
The recently famous Wadi-e-Jin or Wadi-Baida, is located outside the Madina city and the road from Jabl-e-Uhud takes you to the area in 30-40 minutes. If you wish to visit this place, do remember that there is no supernatural phenomenon here, but is good place to visit in mountains.
The time for Rami on 11th to 13th Zilhaj starts after Zawal (start of Zuhr time). For these days, crowd is lesser from Asr time.
Similar to 1st day, use the train (or your pathway) to reach Jamart building and throw seven pebbles each to each Jamara, starting from Jamarah Sughra to Jamarah Kubrah.
The whole day is available for prayers and reciting Quran.
If you have not performed you Tawaf-e-Ziarat, you can move to Haram after Rami.
If you like to eat from your Qurbani meat, you can also visit your Hotel (preferably in day time) for cooking/eating and return to Mina for night.
Rami for 12th Zilhaj is similar to that of 11th
If you like to stay for 13th, make sure you inform your Maktab people in advance.
If you want to leave after 12th, leave Mina before Maghrib time (after 12th Zilhaj Rami).
After performing Rami on 12th Zilhaj, either you can walk back to you Hotel (use GPS navigation if available), or return to you camp at Mina-1 (or other place in Mina) and wait for Maktab people to take you back by bus.
Make sure you either know the route or have GPS navigation available in case driver is unaware of route.
Do not take you bags on 11th Zilhaj for Rami, or take very little stuff possible. If you intend to return on 12th Zilhaj on foot, do not take your bags with you if your hotel is in Aziziya. Aziziya is closer to Mina-1 than to Jamart station. Taking larger bags is not recommended due to crowd and possibility of accident.
After returning back to Hotel from Mina, buses remain closed for 2-3 days. You can either rest or use taxi to reach Haram.
Rami, Qurbani and Tawaf-e-Ziarat are performed in sequence or else one has to offer Dam (Qurbani).
After returning from Muzdalifah, if you have enough strength and do not have aged persons or women with you, you can directly go to Mina-3 for Rami at Jamaraat. Avoid starting Rami before sunrise
The best time to go for Rami is an hour before Asr. Normally, there is lesser or no crowd and you can easily perform you Rami and return back to your camp in Mina.
If there is crowd, try to move slowly and carefully. Keep water with you and whenever you get chance, fill you water bottles from dispenser installed on walkway to Jamarat.
DO NOT try to return from the same path you came. DO NOT move in opposite direction or try to run during Rami. Stay away from the train platform gates.
For 10th Zilhaj, Rami is for Jamarah Aqabah/Kubra (Last one) only.
Throw seven pebbles at the pillar for Jamarah Aqabah/Kubra so that the stones strike the pillar and then fall in the area beneath pillar. Do not hit very hard and do not yell/abuse. Also make sure the stones do not hit other pilgrims.
After Rami, move forward on the pathway back to station (if came by train) or to your camp area.
Qurbani and Halaq
If you have opted for Qurbani via proxy/agent, make sure he performs it after your Rami. Normally they are in contact via phone and inform you about qurbani as soon as it is performed.
For government coupon system, time is provided for you qurbani. It may be on 10th or 11th Zilhaj. Wait atleast 3-4 hours after that time for Halaq/Qasr.
If you are performing Qurbani yourself, it is quite straightforward, and you can perform Halaq once your return to Mina.
Normally, non-professional Barbers are available in Mina for Halaq at SR 20-50. You can also get you Halaq from Barber shop on your way to Haram for Tawaf-e-Ziarat at the same rate.
If you are coming from your camp, it’s better to board the train for Mina-3 (Jamarat) Station, and then walk towards the covered path to haram. If you performed Qurabni on second day, it’s even more convenient to move to haram after your second day Rami. It takes around an hour to reach Haram at normal speed. Do not move continuously and take rest and drink water whenever possible.
Taxis are not allowed beyond start of tunnels and 1-2 Km from Jamarat station, also they take SR300-500 for the journey. So, it is better to walk to Haram and back for Tawaf-e-Ziarat.
If you have performed your Rami and Qurbani on day-1, you can go for Tawaf-e-Ziarat at night, after Maghrib or Isha as there is lesser crowd.
Do not rush for your Tawaf-e-Ziarat as due to crowd it may take longer than your routine Tawaf.
If your Qurbani was on second day, Tawaf-e-Ziarat can be performed till on second or third day as well.
After Tawaf, you can perform Sa’ayi to complete your Major rituals for Hajj. If ground and first floor are crowded, you can move to second or roof floor for the same.
After Tawaf (and Sa’ayi), return back to Mina (camp). Make sure you stay for night in Mina/camp.
Immediately after Fajr prayer, people leave mina camp on foot to reach Arafat. The pedestrian is properly marked but it is recommended to keep a map and GPS based app for navigation. There are ample drinking water and Toilet point throughout the road.
Maktab people start calling for groups to leave for Arafat after Fajr. The train station is very crowded and people who offer prayers inside station reach the train in 30-50 minutes.
Keep on moving with your guide towards station. Do not try to get into buses leaving from Mina with other pilgrims to Arafat as they will not open gates.
Depending upon the conditions, it takes 2-4 hours to reach platform to board the train. The train hardly takes 5 minutes to reach Arafat
Another way around is to walk towards Muzdalifah 3 station, and get onto (if you are lucky enough) hired buses (not Maktab buses). They take around SR 25-50 per head. These buses will drop you at Masjid-e-Nimrah. You’ll have to walk your way to Pakistani (Govt.) camp, which is behind Station Arafat-1 (on the opposite side of Masjid-e-Nimrah).
There are maps installed throughout Arafat that guide you towards your countries’ Camp area.
If your reach Arafat via train, you’ll be close to the camp area. Pakistan mission people at station will guide you towards your camp, if you do not have the map for the same.
Each camp has its own Toilet facility, separate for men and women.
It is recommended to get free from Toilet an hour before Zuhr time.
Once, Zuhr time has started, you can listen to Khutbah on Radio (FM Channel).
The prayer is performed in camps, so offer your Zuhr prayer (Hanafi) and then it’s time to indulge in Dua and Toba.
It is recommended to get your prayer rug and water bottle and make your stay in open sky outside the camps and leave the camps for female pilgrims. You can get shade under trees though.
A lot of eating and drinking stuff is distributed in Arafat. Try not to waste your time in collecting that stuff unless necessary. Remember, these 4-5 hours are the only hours you’ll get in your Wuqoof Arafat, so make better use of the time you get in asking for forgiveness.
After Asr Prayer (if not performed combined with zuhr), there is an increase in crowd at Toilets. So, manage your timings accordingly. Try to eat as minimum as possible for stay in Arafat and Muzdalifah.
Around 20-30 minutes before maghrib, people start gathering at station and Arafat boundaries. Make sure you do not cross Arafat boundary before Maghrib.
Depending upon the situation, either move for station-1 to reach Muzdalifah immediately, or wait 1-2 hours to rest and let the crowd subside. It is easier if you wait as the Toilets are empty in camps after 1-2 hours in Arafat.
If you want to walk towards Muzdalifah, leave immediately after Maghrib to reach in time to get space in Muzdalifah.
When going by train, get to the Arafat-1 Station, moving slowly depending upon the crowd. The train will drop you at Muzdalifah 1 Station. When you come out of the station, boards will be there guiding towards your Maktab.
In case you do not have map, or you do not find your designated area, you can stay at any location in Muzdalifah. However, make sure to walk as far as you can and as near to a Toilet as possible.
Also make sure that you do not stay in the path or close walking area.
Offer your Maghrib and Isha prayers in Muzdalifah and if possible get some sleep.
Collect your stones (better collect extra stones) from Muzdalifah, to be used in Rami. Do not pick bigger stones though.
In case you have females and aged people in group and you cannot find any space (Muzdalifah-1 is almost full with people with no space to even sit, when all pilgrims have arrived), try to get back to station or stay inside the station and wait for the trains to move from Muzdalifah-1 to Muzdalifah-3, so that you can make your stay near your (Mina) Camp (which is actually inside Muzdalifah boundary).
The trains from Arafat normally stop after 1-2 pm at night and then movement towards Mina is started. Do not try to reach Mina directly as trains will not stop/open at Mina before 1-2 pm.
Try to be as calm as possible. Do not get into fights with others over space as every one is tired and fatigued. If you find yourself blocking the path, move to other location if possible. Try to accommodate others within the space wherever possible.
After offering Fajr prayer at Muzdalifah (1 or 3) and Subh Sadiq, either get to your camp for rest, or move towards Jamarat for Rami.
When you have time available, normally before Zuhr prayers, you can go to different sacred places for Ziarat. Buses regularly move for such purpose and their ads are pasted on Hotel notice boards. So you can register to any of the operators for as low as SR 10 per head.
If you plan to go for ziarat with smaller group using Taxi, the rates are normally lower before Hajj. Taxi (7-seater) can cost from SR 70 to SR 200 (total).
Mina (Masjid-e-Kheef, Jamarat, Qurban Gah Hazrat Ismail)
Birth place of prophet (Peace be Upon him)
Jabl-e- Hira (Jabl-e-Noor)
All these places can be visited during your travel around Haram and Hajj.
Birth place (library), Jannat-e-Mualla, Masjid Ra’yah and Masjid Jin are on walking distance from Safa-Marwa side. The Souq-Jafaria is also within this area.
Library at Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) birth place
Arafat, Muzdalifa, and Mina points, if known, can be seen during five days of Hajj.
You will definitely visit Jamarat during Hajj,
Masjid-e-Kheef is just next to the Jamarat and can be visited on 8th ZilHajj.
Hazrat Ismail Sacrifice point (Qurban Gah) is a small tomb shape structure on the mountain visible from road/train just before Masjid Kheef on opposite direction, below Mina Palace, but not accessible.
Masjid- Masha’r Haram is situated near Train stop Muzdalifa-1, where you get off the train when returning from Arafat. It is closed except for the Hajj days.
Masjid Nimra is on the entrance of Arafat (when coming by road).
The Asian camps are on opposite side of Arafat near Station Arafat-1. The road from Masjid Nimra leads to Jabl-e-Rahmat on the left of road. It may not be accessible on Hajj day due to crowd though.
Nehr Zubaida remains can be seen on mountain when coming back from Arafat to Muzdaliffah by road.
It is not recommended to visit Jabl-e-Noor and Thawr before Hajj.
If you do not have experience in climbing/walking on mountains and it’s your first time in Makkah, It’s better to leave these mountains for your Umra/second trip. You may get unwell especially people with Knee issues may lose their Tawaf. For young visitors, Jabl-e-Noor is easier to climb and also has clear path to reach Hira cave.
Jabl-e-Thawr takes more than 4-5 hours to climb and get back and there is no clear direction to reach Thawr cave.
Congratulations on your luck/blessings to start the journey to Holy city of Madina. Some pilgrims directly land on Madina airport via Hajj flight, while others come from Makkah, either before or after Hajj. In case of direct Madina flight, pilgrims are moved to their respective Hotels after immigration and registration with Maktab.
For Makkah to Madina Journey, buses are provided by the Muallim, which normally move after Maghrib Prayers.
Pack all your stuff well before time and get details of the bus with your name. If you are going after Hajj, perform your Final tawaf well in time to reach for the journey at hotel.
Buses normally take 6-8 hours for the journey. Try to get rest before or during journey as you may reach at a time very close to next prayer.
If you are moving in night, try to get your dinner packed. Buses normally stop at mid points for dining, but food is expensive and sometimes not fresh.
Once you reach Haram Madina limits, registration is performed and you are provided identity cards. Passports are also returned at this point if coming after Hajj.
Hotels are mostly within the Markazia (very close to Masjid-e-Nabawi, area within ring roads in image). Your group in Makkah may not be on same bus and you can make new group for room in Madina with 4-8 persons per room depending upon the Hotel.
Check into the Hotel and have some rest if time is available. Get Hotel card having its name and map on back as during first 2-3 days, it will be difficult to find back your hotel.
Identify the area of your Hotel. If you divide the above map in four quadrants, the area on bottom right is Jannat-ul-Baqee. Gate number 34-36 lead to Baqee enterance.
Gate number 36 leads to the area towards Al-Baik
Bottom left is the area towards Gate 6 and leads to Bab-us-Salam. This area is close to the Dates Market. Masjid-e-Abu-Bakar, Masjid-e-Umar, Masjid-e-Ali, and Masjid Gamama are in the vicinity of this area.
As salam Road also has van stop to move inside city or for Masjid-e-Quba and Jabal-e-Uhad.
Top left area is Saqifa Bani Sa’ayida, near Gates 11-15. The area on left of gate 11-15 leads to ‘’Bangali market’’.
Top area (middle) is towards Gate 25 (Ladies gate). Gate numbers increase if you move from bottom left to upwards direction and then right coming back to Baqee area from Top right.
If you wish to perform additional Umra, you can either go to outside Haram boundary to wear Ahram either from Masjid Ayesha at Taneem or Masjid Jairana (in direction of Taif).
For Masjid Ayesha, regular buses move from Jabal-e-Umar and take SR 2, or if you have a group you can get taxi from same spot at SR 5 (SR 10 in peak hrs) per person. This road is visible in directions blog.
For Jairana, Taxi from Aziziya would be more economical. Normally SR 100 per taxi with 8 persons seating. Keep in mind that this point is farther from Taneem. You should have offline map just in case your taxi driver does not know exact location.
There are bathrooms available at both Masjids where you can perform Ghusl and Wear Ahram.
Once you are at one of these mosques, you can wear Ahram, perform two rakats and make niyaa/recite Talbeeh for Umra.