Jabal Rahma, the location of the Prophet Muhammad's Farewell Speech retains a carnival atmosphere throughout the year. Pilgrims visiting the holy site are encouraged to ride a camel complete with hodaj. The invitation is hard to refuse especially for those with children. the camels are beautifully decorated and provide a lovely photo opp!
To finish your Umra you will need to walk between the Safa and Marwa.The walking is called sa`i in Islam.The picture I`m providing is of the Mas`a (the distance between the hills).
This picture was taken by me before I finished my Umra.
After 2008 there has been some improvement in the Massa`a area..its not a lot wider than before.
Dear Sister, you can borrow wheelchair for free from the office there,located outside of masjid haram.The officer will keep your passport untill you return the wheelchair back.You can put your son on his babby carrier,and tight it on the wheelchair so he won't fall.I used it to pushed my 2 kids when we performed umra alhamdulillah.
1.For the standard and budget hotel,please make sure you check your room first before you decide to stay.Check whether the toilet & shower are well function , bed is clean,etc.If you come in the beginning of Ramadan,still there are many vacant rooms,but last 10 days will be fully booked.
2.Mostly pilgrims visit : The Holy Quran Museum,Jabal Uhud,
3.TAXI is the best for family as no other convinient public transport.You can hire a rental-car, but be careful the drivers' way to drive there surely dangerous.
4.If you are moving with family of 2 adults & 2 kids, transport from Mecca to Madina is better you take TAXI ( not only TAXI actually some private cars also serve).TAXI can reach within 4 hours ,while bus will be 6 hours.You can catch TAXI directly in front of Masjidil Haram Mecca.
5.We performed umra ramadan with our kids alhamdulillah,better to perform umra in the night time as the weather is cooling down.If after tarwih pray is too crowded, can start at midnight.Night umra is more more crowded than if you perform in the day time,while it is very very hot.Alternatively can do after morning pray.It takes approx 2-4 hours to perform tawaf & sa'i ,depends on the congestion.As we have 2 toddlers,we borrowed a wheel-chair from Masjidil Haram office so my kids sat with their mother while I pushed them during umra.Bring along a bottle water for kids as they will be dehydrated.
Wish you umra mubarak.
Walikum Asslam bro. inshallah you & your family arrive safely may allah accept your Umrah. Although Saudi Goverment doing the best in serving all people from around the world in this period by supplying all needs, still it is not easy because the very much crowded people. regarding your quistions. 1. the hotels close to Haram are hundreds the most famuos are Dar-Altoheed and Makkah hilton because they open to Haram directly and they are 5stars, however, it's hard to find availabe rooms in there.many excelent hotels about 500m to 1km far less price.most hotels provide the guests with buses to Haram and back around the clock.2&3. Only perform Umrah and pray in Haram in Makkah if you are Sunni, The best way to get around the city is by taxi if you speak little arabic if you don't rent a car with driver. the desent shops and resturans are availbe not far from hotels. Also, people going to Jeddah for shopping and entertaining, 70km from Makkah to Jeddah, buses and Taxies go and back all the day with small fee.4. The road to Madinah is about400km comfortable Highway, safe, stations availabe all the way. The buses departing from Makah to Madinah every hour, you can catch the bus directly close to haram and destination in Madinah directly close to Haram also, taxies and private cars also go and back to Madinah all the time. fare to Madinah about 20USD for each person. in Madinah also so many hotels and services around haram area. if you have any quiestion pls ask.I wich for you the best inshalah
This cave is known as the cave where Prophet of Muhammad hide and Jibril Angel came to visit and bring the 1st verse of Alqur'an called : IQRA' (means : Read this!) from Surah Al Iqra'.
It's nearby Jabal Tsur.
To climb there, one needs about 1,5 hrs.
Bring water and praying mat.
You could see Masjidil Haram from its peak. Once upon a time one could see Kabah from there too.
Hahahaha this one maybe so tacky, but we couldn't resist ourself to try one of the camel ride in Jabal Rahmah area. It costs SR 10.
Unfortunately while we were on board (sitting on a standing camel), suddenly the owner run toward his friends, chasing a runaway camel and never came back.
A man who know how to tell camel to sit were the one that helped us.
The fear of high level and probability of our camel would be running too were not as worthed as we paid.
Ok no more Camel Ride, reminder to myself :)
located east of Makkah to the north. It occupies Hira'a cave, it was the Prophet (peace of Allah be upon him) favorite place to reflect and pray before becoming Allah’s messenger. It is also the place where he received the first verses of Holy Quran from AI Alaq Sura for the Angel Gabriel:
“Proclaim (or Read!) In the name Of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created”
“Created man, out of A (mere) clot of congealed blood”
“Proclaim! And thy Lord Is Most Bountiful”
“He Who taught (The use of) the Pen”
“Taught man that which he knew not”
It is called AI Nour Mountain because it was the start point for Propagation, as the word "Nour" means light.
It is the mountain that contains Thour cave, in which Messenger of Allah (Peace of Allah be up on him) and his companion AI Sideeq spent three days during their flee from Makkah to AI Madinah. This mountain is in the southern direction of Makkah and its height is about 761 meters above sea level.
“ If ye help not (your Leader), (It is no matter): for Allah Did indeed help him, When the Unbelievers Drove him out he had No more than one companion The two were in the Cave, And he said to his companion,. "Have no fear for Allah Is with us": then Allah Sent down His peace upon him, And strengthened him with forces, which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word Of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: For Allah is exalted in might, Wise”
After Performing 'Tawaf' The Pilgrims have to Perform 'Sa'i' Which is Running Seven Times Between Safa And Marwah. After This You Can Shave Or Cut Your Hair And The Prohibitions Pertaining Ihram Are Lifted And You Can Resume Your Normal Life.
N.B:The Picture Of Pilgrims Performing Sa'i Is Actually From The Postcard By Mirza library. We Can't Take Credit For It.
Jamrah is a pillar at which the pilgrim throws pebbles as a symbol of humans' attempt to cast away evil and vice, not once but seven times.There are three Jamrahs pillars at which pilgrims throw pebbles.
Muzdalifah Is A Place Between Arafah And Mina Where Pilgrims Pray And Then Collect A Fixed Number Of Pebbles To Be Used On The Following Days At The Jamrah. Here The Pilgrims Spend The Night Under A Million Of Stars .They Sacrifice Their Comforts And Leave Behind Their Pride In The Name Of Allah!
This is picture of a tall white pillar at "Jabal Rahmah" Or Mount Of Mercy in Arafah. The Picture Was Taken During My Umrah Trip. But When The Hajj Season Comes, The Place Will Be Totally Flooded With Pilgrims. "Jabal Rahmah" was the place where Adam and Eve met after being overthrown from heaven and was separated for many many years.
'Tawaf' Mean Circumambulating Seven Times Around The Holy Ka’bah. Also, There Are Many Types Of Tawaf, Such As Tawaf Al-Qudum (Upon Arrival At Makkah), Tawaf Al-Ifadah And Tawaf Al-Wada' (Farewell Tawaf) Before Departing From Makkah.
For Your Information, Miqat Is A Place For 'Ihram And Ihram Is The Intention Of A Person Willing To Perform All Rites Of 'Umrah, Hajj Or Both.
When You Are In Ihram, You Have To Put On Two Piece Of Garment (Seamless Cloth Preferably White) To Cover Both Upper And Lower Parts Of Your Body With No Headgear Allowed. For Women, She Should Decently Cover Herself (The Whole Body) Except Her Face And Her Hands.
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