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  • Typical shopping strip in Madinah
    Typical shopping strip in Madinah
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    Ubiquitous Saudi low-end shopping
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    Shopping in Madinah

    by mikey_e Written Nov 16, 2012
    Typical shopping strip in Madinah
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    I won’t pretend that there is a wide variety of shopping in Madinah. Unlike many other cities in Saudi Arabia, the centre of this particular one is not dominated by a large shopping mall or high-end stores catering to wealthy Saudis and expats. Certainly, there are plenty of places on the outskirts of the city, but the shops that are found around the Prophet’s Mosque are decently lower scale. They cater to pilgrims who, by and large, are from poor countries. They specialize in various religious paraphernalia (Korans, religious books, religious tapes and CDs, prayer rugs, miswak, prayer beads), as well as Chinese-made toys and clothing. Of course, there are lots of places selling food. Unless you are looking for religious souvenirs, the shopping in Madinah is unlikely to attract you. Nevertheless, it is interesting from an academic point of view, whether you’re interested in sociology or economics. The sharp rise in Turkish visitors has caused a surge in interest in Turkish here, and it is not difficult to find shopkeepers calling out in basic Turkish or offering to accept lira instead of Saudi riyals. The shopkeepers are a bell-weather of pilgrim trends, and can provide an interesting insight into changes over the years.

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    Quba Mosque

    by mikey_e Written Nov 15, 2012
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    The Quba mosque is one of the three historically important mosques left in Madinah. It is the site of the oldest mosque in Islam, having been founded by Muhammad upon his flight from Mecca to Madinah. Nevertheless, the current structure is not of particular historical interest, as it was constructed after the original mosque was torn down (it could not, evidently be incorporated into the new structure). The new mosque is a spacious one with a sort of cramped forward area and spacious back area, often used for pilgrim who are reading the Quran or napping.

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    Masjid Al-Qiblatayn

    by mikey_e Written Nov 15, 2012
    The Mosque of the Two Qiblahs
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    Masjid Al-Qiblatayn is famous because of its uniqueness amongst mosques. All mosques contain what is known as a qibla, an architectural feature that points the faithful in the direction of Mecca, the direction of prayer. In the early era of Islam, however, the qibla pointed to Jerusalem, as this was the direction in which Muhammad instructed his followers to devote their prayers. After a revelation from Allah (and a dispute with the local Jewish community), followers were instructed to direct their prayers south to Mecca and the Kaaba, the black stone that is supposed to have served as the altar for Abraham when God told him to sacrifice Isaiah. Mosques had to change their qiblas, and the only remaining structure in which two of these features are still present is this shrine in Madinah. Architecturally, this mosque is not particularly impressive or notable, and it follows a very austere pattern. Nevertheless, as a 1400 year old mosque, it is certainly one of the few remaining structures of historical interest left in the city.

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    Prophet's Mosque and Rawdah

    by mikey_e Written Nov 15, 2012
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    The interior of the Prophet’s Mosque is remarkable, first and foremost, for the sheer crush of humanity. The crowds are noticeable, but not claustrophobia-inducing, in the main hallways of the men’s section of the prayer hall. The crowd becomes exponentially denser as you proceed into the Riyad al-Jannah, the part of the mosque between Ar-Rawdah and the Minbar or pulpit. Tradition has it that any prayer uttered in this area cannot be refused. The crush continues past Ar-Rawdah, which is the central part of the mosque in which Muhammad is buried. Despite Wahhabi issues with photography and modernity in general, the number of people means that it is nearly impossible for the guards to prohibit pilgrims from snapping pictures. The interior of the mosque is richly appointed along its capitals and some of the columns, but nothing to the point of counter-reformation church in Spain. This is largely thanks to Wahhabi doctrine, whose followers would have destroyed the Rawdah and Muhammad’s tomb, if given the chance. Much of the Ottoman-era ornamentation, however, did not escape this fate, and was removed when Madinah was passed to Al-Saud rule in 1925.

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    The Prophet's Mosque

    by mikey_e Written Nov 15, 2012
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    The Prophet’s Mosque, or Al-Masjid An-Nabawwi, is the second holiest shrine in Islam, and most definitely the greatest attraction in the city of Madinah. As everything else in Saudi Arabia, it is currently in a state of considerable expansion, and the exterior of the shrine grounds are a mess of excavations and construction works. These do not penetrate into the mosque’s courtyard, but they nevertheless cause the view of the entire structure from the north to be a bit unsightly. The courtyard is dominated by huge canopies that were erected in order to allow for tens of thousands more pilgrims to pray just outside the mosque. It is said that, with the expansion that was completed in the 1970s and 1980s, up to a half-million pilgrims can now be accommodated inside the grounds of the Prophet’s Mosque. Although the complex is now dominated by the canopies and the minarets that rise above them, the famous green dome, which was constructed by the Ottomans and sits above the Rawdah, the tomb of the Prophet, is still largely visible.

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    Dates from Madinah

    by Chuckaziz Written Jan 12, 2010
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    The city of Madinah is famous for its dates for centuries. Date farming is an important part of the local economy. There are various types of dates sold at the date farms around Madinah. The more popular types are the Al-Ajoh, Al-Safawi, Al-Shalabi, Al-Rothanh and Al-Khadraoui that command good price in the local market.

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    Jabal Magnit

    by vayastra Written Jun 2, 2008
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    I was not believe it myself for the first time the guide told us that this hills is contain a huge gravitation, until I saw it myself the water that I dropped in downhill area, instead heading down it was heading up!..jeezz..

    The Jabal is in the middle of the desert. It was so hot, maybe only scorpion and camel live there. I saw some oasis but contains very few of water.

    Don't forget sun block SPF 50!

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    Jabal Uhud & Baqee

    by vayastra Written Jun 2, 2008
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    Our visit here is to pray for the syudahas (heroes that died in Moslem's war) of Uhud war in Jabal Uhud and their cemetary (Baqee)

    There are so many stalls vendor, selling from souvenir to Korma (dates) fruit.

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    Nabawi Mosque

    by vayastra Written Jun 2, 2008
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    It's the 2nd blessing mosque on eart after Masjidil Haram.
    The architecture is so beautiful, especially at night when all the lights on. But during daytime, in several dome will slide open and you will see the sky from inside the mosque. Masya ALLAH

    It's the home of Rasulullah - Prophet of Muhammad SAW. It's where His tomb is and it is one of the places when you pray inside the Raudhah (nearby His tomb), Allah will listen and make your pray come true, Insya ALLAH.

    Hadits mentions; if you pray/ sholah in Raudhah, it's almost the same like you are praying in heaven.

    But if you're a woman, in order to get inside praying in Raudhah, one needs extra energy and have to face hundred screaming women, pushing and unconcious- look like they were possesed or something, because Raudhah is open for only certain time for women. It's between 6 AM - 11 AM, 2PM- 3PM and 9 PM- 1 AM.

    I went there twice and almost fainted for dehydration and lack of Oxygen.

    Btw if you're bringing your sandals, make sure you bring the bag to put it save near you, do not leave it in storage area, it will dissapear!.
    And for ladies, dont' bother to bring camera or cell-phone, the women-guard will search your body.

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  • find out more about medina

    by sami_999 Written Jun 16, 2007

    most of the visitors to medina used to visit 5 places like the prophet mosque , shohada Ohod , baqee' al gharqad ... qeblatain mosque and Qubaa but there is a saudi guy how has an AC big car GMC 2004 speaks English fleuntly can take those people who want to find out more about the secrets of madina .... with a nice stories of historical events.

    also he can take a tour to Madayen Saleh (al- olaa) in 1 or 2 days or to any city of saudi arabia as a travel guide .... this guy is my best friend who lives in Madinah .... the neighbor of our prophet (pbuh).

    He also can help the visitors of madinah in many fields like airport, pasport office, etc

    anyone want his mobile >>> 00966504350952
    and his email is ..... gamar911911@hotmail.com

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    A Visit To Al- Baqi'

    by imran8852 Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    In Saudi taking photograph of certain places is prohibited so this is the picture of Al- Baqi’(some called it Al- Bakee) that I took from one of the book cause normally we can only take the picture from afar. Here is the place where most of the prophet families and companions (sahabah) were buried. It’s a walking distance from the Nabawi Mosque. Muslim who passes away in Medina during Hajj or Umrah will also get the honor to bury here. Please take some of your time to visit Al- Baqi’ cemetery when you are in Madina and make Du'a for those who have gone before us…May God Bless Their Soul!

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    Visit The Martyrs Of Uhud

    by imran8852 Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    It Is A Sunnah To Visit The Martyrs Of Uhud Which Is 5km From The City. The Prophet's Uncle Saidina Hamzah Received The Honor As Martydom When He Was Killed In The Battle Field Of Uhud. The Prophet s.a.w Used To Visit Uhud And Prayed For The Souls Of Those Who Were Buried there.

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    Visit To The Qiblatain Mosque

    by imran8852 Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    Mum And Dad At The Qiblatain Mosque

    The Qiblatain Mosque Is One Of The Mosque To Visit As There Are History Behind The Name Of This Mosque. Before The Ka'abah In The Holy Mosque Of Mecca Become The Directions For Muslims To Pray, Muslims Used To Pray To The Direction Of Baitul Muqaddis In Jerusalem.The Direction Was Changed After The Order Came From Allah In The Holy Quran ( Al- Baqarah 2:144 )

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    Visit The Mosque Of Quba'

    by imran8852 Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    The Quba' Mosque Lies 3km From Madinah City. This Is The First Mosque Built In The Islamic History By The Prophet As Soon As He Step Foot In Quba' During His Migration From Mecca.The Name For Quba' Mosque Was Originally Taken From The Place Itself. It Is A Sunnah To Take Wudhu' (Ablution) Before Visiting The Mosque Of Quba' And Offer Prayers In It. The Prophet s.a.w Prayed There And Encouraged The Muslims To Do the Same.

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    the interior of the mosque

    by uglyscot Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Everything about the inside is of the finest to show respect to God- the pillars, the lamps, the carpets. Even the Imam has a special timbre in his voice .
    Unfortunately all the holy places of Islam are forbidden to non-believers, and photography is also prohibited, but with so many pilgrims [3.5 million in 2006/7], it is difficult to enforce the ban since mobile phones with inbuilt cameras are everywhere.

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