Ziarat Madina – #Hajj2016

Ziaraat-e-Madina

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)
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Masjid-e-Quba

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.

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Jabal-e-Uhud

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.

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Masjid-e-Qiblatain

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.

Masjid-al-Khandaq

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).

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Madina Date farm

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.

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Masjid-e-Jumma

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.

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Roundabout at Wadi Baida

Madina-tun-Nabi – #Hajj2016

Journey to Madina and Markazia Map

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.
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Markazia Map & Directions
  • 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.
  • Pakistan House is behind Gate 28.