Makkah/Mecca Forbidden to non Muslims
Be aware that if you are a tourist Makkah is out of bounds. The govt. has restricted travel to the city of Makkah and Medina strictly only to Muslims.
Saying that, there have been many examples of famous non muslims going to Makkah. To name a few, John Lewis Burckhardt, Sir Richard Burton, Ali Bey, Leopold Weiss, Snouck Hurgronje and Ludovico de Varthema.
Unique Suggestions: So why have I put this tip in "Tourist traps"? Well if you are not Muslim and enter the cities through deception you will probably be jailed. (A foreign Tourist Trapped).
The idea behind these restrictions is simple.
Firstly the amount of visitors during the month of Hajj and Ramadan are so huge that even muslims are restricted, countries have qoutas to reference how many muslims are allowed to visit.
Secondly it is to stop these religious places from becoming "tourist" resorts that would hinder and disrespect those that have spent entire life times saving up to perform their religious rites.
Note: That because there are certain formalities and rules of hygiene and social conduct, the distinction between muslim and non is thus made moer strict.
Fun Alternatives: The rest of Saudia is okay to visit, but make sure you have your Passport and upto date Visa all the time. The 3rd holiest place to muslims, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosques are also unrestricted to non-muslims.
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What to do and What not to do
If you are a tourist in the universe this may help.
Unique Suggestions: People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them any way.
If you are kind people may accuse you of selfish ulterior.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight.
If you fine serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The goods you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see in the final analysis it is all between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
By: Mother Teresa
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