If you are planning your Hajj Umrah, the following places are a must to visit.
Near Mosque Al Haram, on the way to Mina, there is a cemetery for the citizens of Makkah called Jannatul Maula or Al-Hajun. This cemetery is of imperative importance because it has the graves of Um-Al-Momeneen, Hazrat Khadija (R.A), Hazrat Qasim (R.A), Hazrat Asma Bint AbuBaker (R.A), Hazrat Abu-Talib (R.A), Hazrat Abdullah Bin Zubair (R.A), and other Ahl-e-Bait (members of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s family).
The cemetery is divided into two sections. One section comprises of old graves, while the other section is for the new graves where common people are buried. This cemetery is rated as the second most religiously significant cemetery, after Jannat-ul-Baqi.
Another must visit place during/ after perform Hajj / Umrah is Jabal-e-Noor. The literal meaning of Jabal-e-Noor is The ‘Mountain of Light’. This mountain is located near Makkah. It is the same mountain which has Ghar-e-Hira (Cave Hira), where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first holy revelation from Allah (in Arabic language) through angel, Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S).
Located in Madinah, Jannat-ul-Baqi is the most respected and regarded graveyard, by Muslims. Most of the inspirational religious figures are resting peacefully in this cemetery. It contains the graves of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s companions, wives, daughters and other members of the family (Approximately around 10,000 Sahabahs are buried here as per Imam Malik (R.A).
This place is a must visit place during/ after performing Hajj / Umrah because Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentioned it a few times. As cited in Sahi Muslim, Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said: “Peace be upon you, O abode of believers. What you were promised will come to pass tomorrow at a fixed time. We shall, Allah willing, soon join you. O Allah! Grant forgiveness to the people who are buried in Al-Baqi’ Al-Gharqad.” (Muslim)
Mosques to Visit
- Masjid –e- Abu Bakr (R.A) – Used to be the home of Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A)
- Masjid –e- Umar (R.A) – Used to be the home of Hazrat Umar (R.A)
- Masjid –e- Usman (R.A) – Used to be the home of Hazrat Usman (R.A)
- Masjid –e- Ali (R.A) – Used to be the home of Hazrat Ali (R.A)
- Masjid –e- Bilal (R.A) – Used to be the home of Hazrat Bilal (R.A)
- Masjid –e- Bukhari (R.A) – Used to be the home of Imam Bukhari (R.A)
- Masjid-e-Abra – Abra means cloud (It is the place where the messenger of Allah prayed for rain and clouds appeared instantaneously).
- Masjid-e-Quba -Offering 2 Rakat Salah here earns you the Sawab of one Umrah. It was the very first built mosque.
- Masjid-e-Zarar – Built by Mushrikeen to kill Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which was destroyed by Sahabas. A toilet stands there now.
- Masjid-e-Shams- Here, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ordered the Sun to return for Hazrat Ali (R.A)’s Asar Salah.
- Masjid -e- Jumma- This is the mosque where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said his first Jummah prayers.
- Masaajid-e-Saba – Seven mosques built together, located near Ghazwa-e-Khandaq.
- Masjid-e-Nimra (Arafat)
- Masjid-e-Juma (Place where Surah was revealed and first Jummah prayer was read)
- Masjid-e-Qiblatain – This is a must visit place during/ after performing Hajj / Umrah because here Allah ordered the Qibla to turn towards Makkah.
- Masjid-e-Kahf – Graves of 70,000 prophets are present here.
- Masjid-e-Uqba Ula – It is located in Mina, Makkah and it is in the exact same shape as it used to be in the time of prophet Muhaamd (PBUH).
- Masjid-e-Ayesha (R.A)
Wells to Visit
- Well in which Hazrat Usman (R.A) accidently dropped and lost the Khatam-e-Nabuwat ring of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
- Bir-e-Usman: This well was purchased by Hazrat Usman (R.A) to serve the Muslims present in that vicinity.
- Well from which water was taken for Ghusl for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the time when he was observing Pardah.
The below stated caves are enriched with Islamic history, hence, they too are few of the must visit places during or after performing Hajj / Umrah.
- Ghar-e-Hira – On this blessed holy site first revelation of the Holy Quran was made by Allah. It is located in Makkah.
- Ghar-e-Suhr –Here, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the first caliph Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A) rested on the night of Hijrah.
- Place where the last messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born. It has been turned into a library. It is located near Haram.
- Jable-e-Rehmat – It is the place, the first prophet, Hazrat Adam (A.S) found Bibi Hawa after being send to earth from heaven.
- Museum of Makkah- This museum is approximately ten minutes’ drive away from Haram. It is located on the Old Jeddah road.
- Uhud – Place where Ghazwa-e-Uhad (Battle of Uhud) took place.
- Jabal-e-Uhud – Place where warriors use to rest during the battle of Uhad is also a must visit place during/ after performing Hajj / Umrah.
- Masjid-e-Nabawi Library – It is situated inside Masjid-e-Nabwi (PBUH), on the west wall side.
- Badr – Place where battle of Badr (Jang-e-Badr) took place.