This graveyard is a ten-minute drive from the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Concentrated as they are, within the vicinity of the distinguished Mosque, some sites become the first priority of visitors. This, together with the Mosque of Jinn, is easily accessible on any schedule howsoever tight. Those near and dear to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), namely Hazrat Khadija (May God be pleased with her) and Hazrat Abu Talib, who supported him throughout his life, are buried here. The fact alone is enough to claim our special interest in this site. The graveyard also houses our Prophet’s grandfather Abdul Muttalib and great grandfather Abd Munaaf. Pay your respects to the dwellers of the graveyard.
The Aisha Mosque occupies a significant position in the architectural landmarks of Saudi Arabia. Along with the Masjid al Haram, this Makkan mosque also became a model for the world of Islam. Furthermore, pilgrims highly regard it because of its particular connection with the wearing of ihram. Hazrat Aisha (may God be pleased with her) entered into the state of ihram at this place. Locals, when they have a mind to perform Umrah, reach this mosque to wear ihram and begin formal proceedings from there. To some extent, it has been modernized to keep up with the global standards as well as to accommodate more worshippers. A little less than 8 kilometres from the Grand Mosque, this is again a nearby ziyarat.
The Cave of Hira:
This is the cave where the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) received the first revelation from Allah the Almighty through Hazrat Jibrail (peace be upon him). This is where the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to retire for meditation and deep thinking. This cave marks the formal beginning of Islam and pilgrims eagerly await its sight. For more information on the Cave of Hira, click here.
The Cave of Thawr: The Prophet (peace be upon him) took refuge in this cave when he was being targeted and chased by the kufaar. Thus he honoured this humble cave by letting it contribute its share into the campaign of Islam. To this very day it holds its special place in the hearts of Muslims and remains to attest both the struggles of the early Muslim Community and the dangers it had to face. Ghar e Thawr has been thoroughly described in its proper place, here.
Pilgrims organizing their ziyarat trip cannot overlook this site especially when conducting a landmark tour. Also known as Mount Arafat, this elevation served as a pulpit for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) when he delivered his last sermon. An annual Hajj congregation takes place at the plain of Arafat just below this rocky height.
Masjid al Jinn:
The incident connected with this site, being of a very supernatural nature, has given to this mosque a peculiar interest. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), when he recited the Holy Quran to a band of passing Jinns, happened to influence them. It is not surprising that those Jinns felt the grace of those Quranic verses and fell under their charm. The Holy Quran testifies this in Surah Jinn and provides good grounds for believing this incident.
The mosque was erected to celebrate that conversion. Also, it can be considered as one of the representative specimens of mosque architecture that thrive in Makkah. It is frequented by men only. Not because it is a remote location or anything. It is just a 10 minute spin from the Grand Mosque. Women can praise it from afar but cannot enter since the mosque has no proper division of male and female chambers.