The Holiest of All the Places

The Holiest sites in Islam Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia are the two holiest cities in Islam, unanimous among all sects. In the Islamic tradition, the Kaaba in Mecca is considered the holiest site, followed by the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem are held in high esteem.

Every year, over 2 million Muslims from around the world travel to perform the hajj – a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable. Although the journey to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims, is mandatory, Muslims also like to visit other likewise holy landmarks.

Not many can travel at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we can’t help but admire the cultural and spiritual importance of these places:

Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām (The Sacred Mosque), Mecca
Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām is a mosque that surrounds the Kaaba in the city of Mecca, in the Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia.

The Great Mosque is the largest mosque in the world, it covers an area of 356,800sq-m. The Great Mosque is the main setting for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages that occur in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar and at any time of the year, respectively.

Al-Masjid an-Nabawī (The Prophet’s Mosque), Medina

Al-Masjid an-Nabawī (The Prophet’s Mosque) Medina – islamreligionguardian

Masjid an-Nabawi is a mosque established and built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, situated in the city of Medina in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia.

It was one of the first mosques built by Muhammad and is now one of the largest mosques in the world. It is the second-holiest site in Islam, after the Great Mosque in Mecca. It is always open, regardless of date or time. Masjid an-Nabawi is also the resting site of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his two companions, Abu Bakr and Umar.

Al-Masjid Al-Aqṣā, Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Al-Masjid Al-Aqṣā is also known as “the Farthest Mosque” because, during the time of the Prophet (s.a.w), al-Aqsa mosque was the furthest mosque from the Kaaba built under the instruction of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). It is the third holiest site in Islam. Al-Masjid Al-Aqṣā is located in the Old City of Jerusalem.


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