5 Reasons why You Should Visit Mecca

Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), draws millions of Muslims from around the world every year to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. This year, pilgrims will have an extra incentive to make their Hajj journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia – it will fall during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that many Muslims regard as one of the best times to visit Mecca. For people who may not be able to make it to Mecca this year or don’t want to wait another year before they go, here are five reasons why you should visit Mecca this Ramadan.

1. The Kaaba

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A massive black cube located in Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram mosque, it is considered by Muslims to be mankind’s most sacred site. The Kaaba is a pilgrimage destination for Muslims worldwide, who are required to perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they have the means to do so. Its significance has made it one of Islam’s holiest places and a number of rituals take place around it during Hajj.

It was first built by Abraham (Ibrahim) and his son Ishmael (Ismail), as per God’s command. When Hagar could not find water for her son Ishmael, she ran seven times between two hills looking for water until she reached Zamzam Well which is today inside Masjid Al Haram.

2. Al Masjid Al-Haram (Grand Mosque)


Al-Masjid Al-Haram is literally the Sacred Mosque, a reference to its significance in Islam. All Muslims around the world face Al-Masjid Al-Haram when they pray five times a day. It’s also called Al-Kaaba, which translates as The Cube, since it resembles an ancient shrine of that shape. In addition to being one of Islam’s holiest sites, Al-Masjid Al-Haram is also one of Saudi Arabia’s most important tourist attractions.

Millions of pilgrims flock here every year for Hajj and Umrah (the lesser pilgrimage). For non-Muslims, visiting Al-Masjid Al-Haram can be tricky; while non-Muslims are permitted to enter during daytime hours, they are not allowed inside between sunset and sunrise. This means tourists must be prepared to stay in Mecca overnight if they want to experience everything there is to see at Al Masjid Al Haram.

3. Mount Arafat


As Muslims from around the world flock to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, Mount Arafat is one of its most important and revered sites. The mountain is where Prophet Muhammad gave his final sermon to more than 100,000 people during his last pilgrimage to Mecca in 632 CE. It’s also believed that angels descended onto Mount Arafat, making it a holy place. On your next visit to Saudi Arabia be sure to take a day trip up Mount Arafat with your friends and family. Its views are breathtaking!

4. Muzdalifah


Muzdalifah is a place located about two miles north of Mina and about 3 miles from Arafat. Muzdalifah is known for those performing Hajj. The ritual consists of sacrificing a sheep, or if one cannot afford to sacrifice an animal, then he can slaughter some cows or sheep before arriving at Muzdalifah. Before offering your sacrifice, you are required to shave or cut your hair if you normally have long hair.

If you do not want to sacrifice an animal, you can fast on that day instead. After shaving or cutting your hair and/or completing your fast, head towards Muzdalifah where there will be plenty of tents set up for people who are performing Hajj. This area is filled with people who just finished their sacrifices as well as others who will be leaving soon in order to reach Mount Arafat by sunset.

5. Mina


Mina is a place of pilgrimage where Muslims perform rites of Hajj. Every Muslim is supposed to try and visit Makkah at least once in their lifetime, which requires performing Hajj. Mina lies approximately 10 kilometres east of Makkah. The word Mina means the place of sacrifice. More than two million people descend on Mina every year, during hajj. A majority of them camp here overnight. It’s one of four locations around Makkah that are holy to Islam; it’s also one of five places that comprise pilgrimages known as The Five Pillars of Islam.

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