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

Ziarat Makkah – #Hajj2016

Ziaraat Makkah

  • 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).
  • The places included in the Ziarats are:
    • Arafat (Jabl-e-Rahmat, Masjid-e-Nimra),
    • Muzdalifa (Masjid Masha’r Haram, Nehr-e- Zubaida),
    • Mina (Masjid-e-Kheef, Jamarat, Qurban Gah Hazrat Ismail)
    • Masjid-e-Jin, Masjid-e-Ra’yah
    • Jannat-e-Mualla (Cemetery)
    • Birth place of prophet (Peace be Upon him)
    • Jabl-e- Hira (Jabl-e-Noor)
    • Jabl-e-Thawr
    • Makkah Museum
  • 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.

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Library at Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) birth place

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Masjid-e-Jin
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Jannat-e-Mualla

Arafat, Muzdalifa, and Mina points, if known, can be seen during five days of Hajj.

  • You will definitely visit Jamarat during Hajj,
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Jamarat building with Mina camps

Masjid-e-Kheef is just next to the Jamarat and can be visited on 8th ZilHajj.

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Masjid-e-Kheef

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.

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Hazrat Ismail Sacrifice point
  • 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.
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Masjid Masha’r al Haram, Muzdalifah
  • Masjid Nimra is on the entrance of Arafat (when coming by road).
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Masjid-e-Nimra
  • 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.
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Jabal-e-Rahmat
  • Nehr Zubaida remains can be seen on mountain when coming back from Arafat to Muzdaliffah by road.
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Remains of Nehr Zubaida
  • 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.
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Jabal-e-Noor (Cave Hira)
  • Jabl-e-Thawr takes more than 4-5 hours to climb and get back and there is no clear direction to reach Thawr cave.
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Jabal-e-Thawr