Makkah is the epicentre of Islam, the birth place of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the receiving grounds for the revelation of the glorious Qur’an. alongside the Ka’bah which is the Qiblah and holiest place in the world many other places are worthy of visiting as they mark great aspects of history.
below is a list of places to visit whilst in Makkah.
1. Mount Arafat, Jabal Arafat also known as Jabal Rahmah (Mountain of mercy). All the Hujjaj visit this place during Hajj as it is an important rite of Hajj and this day is very virtuous in Islam. This is where the Prophet ﷺ delivered the farewell khutbah (sermon).
2. Masjid e Taneem is a Masjid in the Al-Hil area about five miles away from the Holy Ka’bah in Tan’eem, which is near Makkah, it is the boundary of Haram therefore pilgrims can put on Ihram from there. This is not the Miqat so it is not compulsory to wear Ihram here but those who wish to perform another Umrah come here to put on Ihram for another Umrah. This Masjid is also known as Masjid ‘Ayshah since Prophet’s ﷺ wife ‘Ayshah Radhiyallahu anha had put her Ihram from this place on one occasion.
3. Jabal an-Nour ‘Mountain of the Light’ or ‘Hill of the Illumination’) is a mountain near Makkah in the Hijaaz region of Saudi Arabia. The mountain houses the Cave of Hira’, which holds tremendous significance for Muslims throughout the world, as the Prophet ﷺ is said to have spent a great deal of time in this cave meditating, and it is widely believed that it was here that he received his first revelation, which consisted of the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq from the angel Jibra’il It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Makkah. The mountain itself is barely 640 m (2,100 ft) tall; nonetheless one to two hours are needed to make the strenuous hike to the cave. There are 1750 steps to the top which, even for a fit individual, can take anywhere between half an hour and one-and-a-half hours.