How Pilgrims Can Visit Islamic Sites with Umrah in Novemberby Safeena Rahman Travel Addict
Those who are not accustomed to the hot desert climate
of Makkah can have a tough time while on a visit to this holy city in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After experiencing the extreme heat of October that
reaches the level of 47-Degree Celsius at times, a relatively lesser heat is
experienced in the month of November. From this month until January, the holy
city of Makkah may get small amounts of rain. This month is chosen by many of
the Muslims across the world to embark on a sacred journey to Makkah and
perform their Umrah.
in November is made possible with the cost-effective packages offered by
the tour operators or travel companies in recent times. One of the Islamic
pilgrimages, it is also called the 'lesser pilgrimage' or 'minor pilgrimage' as
the major pilgrimage and one of Islam's five pillars is Hajj. The major
pilgrimage is performed in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, while the lesser
pilgrimage can be performed at any time during the year. Another difference
between these two pilgrimages is that Hajj is obligatory for all physically and
financially capable Muslims, while the minor pilgrimage is not an obligation.
Upon booking the packages for performing the lesser
pilgrimage in the month of November, the prospective pilgrims would get a
significant amount of discount. The amount saved can be utilised during their
stay in the holy city to shop for souvenirs in any of the shopping centres of
Makkah and to explore the popular Islamic sites. Among them is the sacred
mountain 'Jabal al-Noor'. The name of this mountain literally translates as
'Mountain of Light'. It houses the famous 'Cave of Hira', where Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) had spent a considerable amount of time in deep
contemplation and received his first revelation of the Quran from the Archangel
Pilgrims exploring the important Islamic sites in the
holy city can also visit 'Masjid al-Jinn', which is considered one of the
oldest mosques in Makkah. Also among the most important mosques visited every
year, it is located near Jannat al-Mu'alla and has been built at the place
where a group of 'jinn' had gathered to listen Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) recite a portion of the Quran. The 'jinn' refers to genies, which were
supernatural creatures believed to have existed in pre-Islamic Arabia.
According to the Islamic traditions, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) later
met with the leaders of the jinn and accepted their oath of allegiance and
embrace of Islam.
Abu Qubais is yet another place worth exploring for
the pilgrims arriving in the holy city for their Umrah. It is situated on
Makkah's eastern frontier and is believed to have been known as 'Al Amin'
during the times when pagan Arabs resided in this region. According to the local
legends, this is the place where the first of men lived and were buried after
their death. It is also the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
had shown the pagans the miracle of the 'Splitting of the Moon'.
Created on Jul 12th 2019 04:32. Viewed 374 times.