During our 5-day stay in Mekkah, we visited Islamic historical places like Jabal Thur, Arafah, Jabal Rahmah, Muzdalifah & Mina. Our 1st ziarah was to Jabal Thur, where Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) hid in Thur cave with Caliph Abu Bakar from the vicious people of Makkah before continuing their migration to Madinah. Visited Jabal Rahmah at Arafah, a historical place where the 1st Prophet Adam and his wife Eve reunited after 40 years of been sent down to Earth (peace be upon them both). It was also at the valley of this mountain that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) delivered his final khutbah. We also had sight of Arafah, Muzdalifah, Mina & Jamrah where thousands of pilgrims from all over the world stayed to perform their Hajj rituals each year. May Allah (swt) grant us the opportunity to be amongst them there in the future. We performed the 2nd Umrah from the historical site of Hudaibiyah where the pivotal treaty between Prophet Muhammad (saw) representing the state of Medina and the Quraish tribe of Mecca took place. Our 3rd umrah was performed from Ta’Naim mosque at the end of the ziarah trip.
There’s a cave in this mountain where Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and his dear friend Caliph Abu Bakr r.a took refuge from the Bani Quraish of Mecca who tried to kill them. They stayed in the cave for 3 days before migrating to Medina. Jabal Thur is about 5km from Masjidil Haram. It takes about 2hrs to climb up the mountain. When the Quraish reached the cave, they thought that nobody could go to a cave with a spider web spread across the mouth and birds nesting near it. However, Allah sent the web and the birds to protect Muhammad and Abu Bakr.
Jabal Rahmah, the mountain of love is the place where Adam and Eve met after being separated from each other for years. Our mutawwir suggested that those who were still single, could climb on the hill and pray to find thier life partners (hehe). I wonder whether the single people in our Umrah group had managed to find their life partners after they returned home hehe.
On the top of the hill there is a monument that was built to commemorate the place where Adam and Hawa met. Many visitors visiting Alrahmah mountain wrote on the monument the name of people they loved in order to be a couple. Whatever the reason they should not do such thing. Beside making the monument dirty, they might done thing that will deviate belief or taught of Islam.
On the top of Jabal Rahmah we can see whole plain of Arafah (Arafah refers to a large open plain covering 104km which lies 22km south-east of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam), where the pilgrims do wukuf on the day of Arafah which is on the 9th of Dzhul-Hijjah. The Prophet (PBUH) also delivered a speech on his last pilgrimage from the valley of this mountain, the most famous message being, “O’ people, reflect of my words. I leave behind me two things, THE QURAN AND MY SUNNAH (HADITH), and if you follow these, you will not fail.”
Muzdalifah is the place where you spend the night after arafah
On the plain of Mina, pilgrims stay in a large tent city where they continue their prayers and contemplation.
Jamarat is the plural of jamrah which is the Arabic term for each of the pillars involved in the stoning ritual. It literally means a small piece of stone or a pebble. Mina is where Pilgrims would go to stone where the devil was as this is where it is said that Prophet Ibrahim as stoned the devil that came between him and the command that Allah set him.
After that we were brought to see the Historic Jabal Nur. On Jabal Nur there is a small cave. It is called Cave of Hira. Prophet Muhammad (pubh) would come here to find solitude. In the year 610, when Prophet Muhammad was 40 years old, he received his first divine revelation from Allah (swt) through Angel Jibril. When Angel Jibril, appeared to him he said, Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not. Holy Quran (Al Alaq 96: 1-5).
Hudaibiyah is one of the ‘Miqat’ point for Umrah. If you are here, Don’t Forget To Visit The Camel Farm and taste The Super Delicious Camel Milk! This is one place worth visiting.
The Treaty of Hudaibiyah was an important event that took place during the formation of Islam. It was a pivotal treaty between Prophet Muhammad saw, representing the state of Medina, and the Quraish tribe of Mecca. It helped to decrease tension between the two cities, affirmed a 10-year peace, and authorized Muhammad’s followers to return the following year in a peaceful pilgrimage.
The 3rd Umrah was done at Tanaim mosque, we did not capture any pics there:(
That’s all I can tell about my Ziarah in Mecca for today. Hopefully this post can benefit you till than see you in my next blog on my Umrah to Madinah ;D