Medina Things to Do

  • Typical shopping strip in Madinah
    Typical shopping strip in Madinah
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    Moving Dome

    by DunaKal Updated Oct 7, 2005

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    Moving Dome

    When the sun rises over the prophet`s mosque,these domes slide automaticly at 7:00AM each day,providing sun light from the opend cilieings.

    The best thing is when most people in the mosque rise their voices saying (Allaho Akbar)or in other words,God Al mighty,when they see this happening.

    Because photography is prohibited in the mosque,I took this picture from my opend bag ;-)

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    The tombs of Ohod warriors.

    by DunaKal Written May 28, 2005

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    The muslims were defeted in Ohod Battle against Quraish tribe,here you can see the tombs of the warriors,
    on top of the list is:
    Hamzah ibn abdul Mutalib(the prophet`s uncle).
    It is located 4Km north of the prophet`s mosque.

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  • Al Masjid An-Nabawi (The Mosque of the Prophet)

    by Digi Written Jun 20, 2003

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    The facade in front of where Muhammed lies

    This mosque dominates Madinah and is the main attraction to all pilgrims. The mosque is today a huge mosque, which has been expanded in recent years. The recent have seen the construction of a beautiful mosque with great architecture, marble floors, gold doors and such. The sheer size is amazing. The old mosque also stands within the new buildings, and can be dated back several hundred years, and there is an obvious difference between the two sections of the mosque. The newer section is larger, while the old section is more intimate and has a lot more color.

    The mosque was built by Muhammed at the site of his house, and it's design served as an example for all other mosque designs. Muhammed was buried in the quarters of his wife Aisha, and he still lies there along with Omar and Abu Bakr. Some say that an open grave remains there in anticipation of Jesus.

    Anyway, the mosque itself has a lot of exploring for any pilgrim, and prayers held there are especially beautiful when one thinks about where they are.

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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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  • Masjid Quba

    by Digi Written Jun 20, 2003

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    Masjid Quba

    Masjid Quba is said to be the first mosque built. It is located on the outskirts of Madinah, in what was in the days of Muhammed a seperate town. The mosque itself is a new building, but still an interesting place to visit. Some say that one prayer in the Mosque is equal to performing one Umrah.

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    The Old Bazar of Madina. Do...

    by AliJoe Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The Old Bazar of Madina. Do not count, if you just arrived yesterday or last five years...the
    scenery of Old Bazar is almost the same. The walking's stall never change, crowded with seller and buyers.
    Sometimes, the atmosphere and scenery just like in the Hollywood 's movie 'Ali Baba and the 40 thives '....
    please do not worried, since Great KAMAL Khan is there...no one dare to become a thife ! (lol)
    The first time in Arabic community, do not be surprise....they talk louder !! My Grandma in Hamburg sure will be fainted, she thought this guy is shouting at her ! (Lol). They are very frank...but 'robust'. My first time in SAUDI ARABIA, travel by coach from Jeddah I'ntl Airport to Madina. In the middle of the
    journey one's of tyre burst. The bus driver and guide came from the bus. In one minute they start talking............. .the way they communicate like TIGER talk to LION. Waummm, EEmmm, king , kong, @#$% !! I bet, another two more minutes one of this guy will become Hamburger.....and the other one become Sausage Surprise !! In the middle of tence and suspense....this gentelmen start rubing and padding to each other BEARD.....I know the war is already started !! Alas ! Anticlimac. They laugh and start shake hand......their custom, rubbing beard mean ' hello buddy' .If this happened to Mr Michael Angelo , to General Custer or Mr Buffalo Bill.....' Make My Day '(Lol)

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    The Mosque of Badr ( Badar)....

    by AliJoe Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The Mosque of Badr ( Badar). You see the comparison between Prophet's Mosque
    and this Mosque..contrast ! Are they (Saudi Government) can't effort to built better then this ? No, no, no...
    much more better they can built. At one time they decide to refurbish and built up the best that money can buy,
    but they received a big protes from almost from Islamic Country. This mosque is build up immedietly after
    the First War of Islam 'BADR '....bring plenty of Prophet Muhammad History in HIS mission, further morethe
    Mosque became a Memorial of SHUHADAS.

    I think the time to call off. May be you are tiring moving in the HOT weather of SAUDI ARABIA and eating oily stuff almost every day. I recon no need to insert more photos, worried some
    of you will 'DRUNK'(Lol). Shall we proceed our TRAVEL to MECCA ?

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    One of the most exciting,...

    by nartjies Written Sep 8, 2002

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    One of the most exciting, interesting and knowledgable experiences is the 'ziarah'.
    Ziarah is a trip that takes you back in time, a journey through the lives of our ancestors. A trip that includes visits to mosques, historic landsites and life-changing stories that can only be appreciated by a good guide that can walk you through these memorable experiences.

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    Dates from Madinah

    by Chuckaziz Written Jan 12, 2010
    At the farm shop

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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