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.
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.
This section includes general guidelines related to stay in Makkah and UMRA:
Try to keep your rooms and surrounding clean, throw your garbage into dust bins.
Try to dine in designated areas in your hotel. If you need more food, you can ask the staff, but do not waste food.
Keep items in Fridge marked with your name or it will be consumed by others. However, do not take others stuff without permission.
Try to avoid peak hours for Toilets, try to make wudu and leave well before prayer timings if you are performing prayers in local mosque.
You may get Gifts/food in Haram, but do not throw litter in the mosque.
The main thing to remember is that you are not there to hurt/bother others. Our objective should be to provide ease to others throughout our Hajj journey.
GIVE WAY!! There is no harm in letting others pass. In roads, toilets, buses, and inside Masjid during Tawaf and Sa’ayi… GIVE WAY!!
Do not try to travel alone, it’s better to have a group of people.
When entering a Taxi/vehicle, enter yourself first then you female counterpart. While leaving let females come out first.
Whenever possible, try to accommodate female and aged pilgrims. Give them seats wherever possible. But do not ask anyone to stand/move for your partners unless extremely necessary. Don’t expect anyone to give you special treatment (whether you are male or female). You may not know but others may deserve/need rest more than you or your partners.
Normally first come first serve rule prevails in common areas like bus stops etc, if there is not enough space, wait for second bus as they move without delay. Do not fight to get into buses.
Some issues specific to Masjid-e-Haram,
Do not leave your belongings on floors or sides. Cleaning staff will throw them away while cleaning.
Before starting Tawaf, make sure you have enough water in you backpack.
Keep your foot nails clipped specially before Tawaf.
During Tawaf there is a lot of people moving at different pace, this creates bottlenecks at points. Stay calm and avoid pushing/cursing others.It’s normal to get pushed from behind unintentionally due to crowd, so ignore it instead of fighting people behind you.
Try to avoid getting in way of wheelchairs. Especially, during tawaf, try to stay away from wheel chairs as people tend to hit wheelchairs to get way.
Entrance to Hateem is normally choked. Don’t push others to get in. Wait at the gate for the opportunity to get in. Once you get space, offer your prayers and Dua and leave as soon as you get space. Avoid taking pictures, video calls to your relatives from inside Hateem.
Remember, you have come for Ibadah. DO NOT take pictures/selfies inside Masjid-e-Haram, doing Tawaf, or in front of Kaaba.
When you are sitting in a Saf and someone tries to pass, give them space.They can’t stand there during Salah and will get their space to leave, whether you like it or not.
Women pilgrims have designated prayer space in Haram. They should move to that place around 10-15 minutes before Azaan to avoid hassle. If a female partner/pilgrim offers Jamaat prayer beside you, it validates your prayer and other standing beside her. Haram security people normally ask women to go to their designated area. You can ask them politely to move. Leave the space/position beside them yourself if they refuse to move (due to lack of knowledge).
Toilets are normally crowded immediately before and after prayers. Don’t wait at the entrance and move to the farther parts of Toilets. Second and third floors are normally empty when first floor is heavily crowded.
Gates of Mataf get closed half hour before prayer time. Make sure you are inside before closing of gates. Gates open after 15-20 minutes of Farz prayers. For Jumma, Gates close around 2 hour before Azaan.
If you drop something during Tawaf, don’t get down to pick it up unless you have space and strength to do so.
Normally there are more crowds immediately after Zuhr and Isha prayers when returning from Haram, which subsides within 1-1.5 hr. Plan your movements accordingly.
Take care when getting off from escalators. Try to move left/right ASAP after getting off to give others space. Make sure to keep your Abayas and Ahram lifted when using escalators.
There is a Lost & Found Officeabove the Toilets on Marwa side. When you go up the stairs above the toilet, move towards the opposite direction to Marwa. The small office at the end of walkway is used to keep all the items found within mosque. You can get you stuff back if it is found by Masjid staff from this office by telling them you item’s identification and time you lost it.
After taking some rest at your residence, and some understanding of your surroundings, plan the movement for Umra.
It’s better to perform atleast one Salah near your residence and get accustomed with bus stops and their numbers. Also get Hotel Card from staff.
The buses will take you to intermediate stop. The same bus number will pick you from this stop to your residence. The shuttle service to haram moves between this stop and Masjid-e-Haram. (From now on haram will be used to refer to Masjid ul Haram instead of Haram boundary for ease). Pl. see the Map below,
For Pakistani Pilgrims, the shuttle (2015) gets you to Ajiad Hotel stop, which is directly in front of Bab-e-Abdul Aziz. The Indian shuttle from Kadayi will take to underground stop to Haram, which leads to staircase in front of Makkah Tower.
From the stop keep moving towards Masjid reciting Talbeeh, Due to construction work, some places may be closed. Bab-e-Abdul Aziz if Open, leads directly to the Mataf area (first floor or underground). Your Muallim staff will guide you about the doors to be used for entry. Pl. See the map below,
If Bab-e-Abdul Aziz is closed, move towards left side towards gates 90-99 for entry. These will get you to under ground part of Masjid leading towards the Mataf area near Bab-e-Fahad.
If you go further left from these gates, you’ll lead towards Bab-e-Abdullah, where major construction is going on.
There is a bridge adjacent (on right) to Bab-e-Aziz, normally for wheel chairs. This leads to upper floors of the Masjid, if open.
The area to the right of Bab-e-Abdul Aziz (when looking from your entrance towards the gate) leads to Mas’aa (Sa’ayi area), which again leads to Mataf when crossed.
If you enter from Bab-e-Abdul Aziz, You will face the Yamani corner, and will move towards right to start your Tawaf. This way You’ll directly look at Kaaba while entering the gate, so be careful for your FIRST GAZE.
If you get in from Gate 90, you’ll get to the underground area, which leads to Mataf. You’ll have some problem identifying the Kaaba from this angle, as you’ll first see Mataf and people performing tawaf and suddenly Kaaba will be in front of you. (During Hajj period, the Cover (Al-Kiswa) is folded). You’ll have to move right to get into position to start Tawaf, as you’ll be directly opposite of the Hijr-e-Aswad.