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.
Before leaving for the Masjid-e-Nabawi, it’s recommended to perform Gusl, wear your best suit and apply perfume.
Try to keep as polite as possible throughout your stay in Madina. Do not yell, speak loudly in the mosque, especially when going for Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Riaz-ul-Jannah.
For entry, if it’s prayer time, get into the mosque from nearest gate and sit at the place available as far (inside) as possible. If entering from gate 1-6, make sure to sit behind the Imam’s position (marked on pillars) otherwise your prayers will be invalid. The Imam’s position is marked by the biggest White dome on roof (near Green dome).
After 20-25 minutes of Jamaat, the Gate towards Roza-e-Rasool (Bab-as-Salam) is opened for men. It is closed around 15-25 minutes before next prayer.
Ziarat Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam)
The entrance for the Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) is from Bab-us-Salam. Immediately after prayers, the gate is very crowded, which subsides after 15-20 minutes.
Start moving as you get space. There are four Safs inside, two on each side of the pillars. The path for Rizaz-ul-Jannah is on left and is closed for entry from this side.
Depending upon the timings, you’ll get chance to get directly in the adjacent saf of the Muwajaha Sharif, or from two safs gap. In either case, keep on moving forward reciting Durood Sharif and Salam. Avoid raising hands like in Dua. First you’ll face Muwajaha Sharif marked in Green as Rasool Allah(SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam). Keep sliding to the right, facing name plate reading Hazrat Abu Bakar (RadiAllah ta’alah Anhu) and then Hazrat Umar (RadiAllah ta’alah Anhu). Keep offering your Salam and then move towards the exit gate, Bab-ul-Baqee.
In case of heavy crowd, do not try to push others and if you get pushed by other, do not argue or pay attention.
After leaving from Bab-ul-Baqee, you can offer your prayers but do not stop on the gate. If you wish to offer Salam again, you can come back to Bab-us-Salam and repeat the process.
The area between Minbar-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) is called Riaz-ul-Jannah. The colour of carpets in this area is green for identification.
Riaz-ul-Jannah is opened for females after Fajr,Zuhr and Isha. For males, it is opened all day except for the prayers time closure. The Suitable time for males is also after Zuhr and Isha when there is a proper controlled movement of pilgrims inside the area by the security personnel.
The Gates beside Bab-us-Salam are opened 30-45 minutes after Zuhr and Isha. Do not run inside the mosque. Keep calm and enter the gates till there is first blockade. Wait for around 10-15 minutes for people already inside Riaz-ul-Jannah to perform their Prayers. There are 3-4 blockades from entry point to the Riaz-ul-Jannah. Each takes 10-15 minutes. Do not stand on the edges and do not yell here. Keep reciting quran or durood sharif, till the next barrier is opened. In maximum 30 minutes you will be inside Green carpet area.
If possible get to the Pillars (especially Istiwana Ayesha R.A) but do not push others for this. The names of pillars are written in green on top of pillars. Complete your prayers wherever you get space. After prayers, if there are people waiting for their turn, give them space and leave from front to offer Salam at Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) and leave from Bab-ul-Baqee.
For females, country-wise groups are moved to riaz-ul-Jannah and for ziarat Roza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam). Do not rush-in and avoid running and crying inside mosque. Whenever possible take aged pilgrims with you.
Suffah Platform & Bab-e-Jibreel
When coming out of Gate Bab-ul-Baqee, on the left side is a room where cleaning staff keeps its stuff. On the left of that room is Bab-e-Jibreel, which is the entrance towards Quba-Suffah and back side ofRoza-e-Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam), which also leads to Riaz-ul-Jannah from back. The same is also accessible from back side of the Original mosque area from the extension.