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Medina

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AUG 25, 2017

Medina, also known as the “City of Prophet”, needs no introduction. It is the holy place for Muslims and every year thousands of pilgrims visit here to offer their prayers. Medina or Madinah is Islam's second holiest city after Mecca and sits in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia and is the capital city of Al Madinah Province.

Top Places to visit in Medina:

1.Al Masjid an Nabawi:

It is said to have been built by the Prophet himself in AD 622 and not only encompasses his final resting place (alongside the first two caliphs) beneath the iconic green dome built by the Ottomans, it also covers where his house once stood, adjacent to the mosque when it was just a modest square mud-and-wood building.

2.Quba Mosque:

This was once the village of Quba, where the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, migrating from Mecca to Medina, stopped in AD 622, and where the Prophet reportedly laid the foundation stone for the world's first mosque. A mosque has stood on this spot ever since.

3.Masjid Al Qiblatain:

The Arabic word qibla means 'direction' of prayer, and this mosque is said to have two. According to popular Muslim history, during a prayer here in AD 624, the Prophet received a revelation to change the direction of prayer. The significance of this event, seen as a defining moment for the religion, has elevated the status of this mosque, and it is now visited by pilgrims alongside other important sites in Medina.

4.Uhud Martyrs Cemetery:

This is an important site in Islam's prophetic narrative. Around 85 martyred soldiers from the Battle of Uhud lie here in graves surrounded by a tall fence. Uhud was a battle the Muslims lost because a group of archers didn't follow the Prophet's orders and left their post to prematurely claim war spoils. The spot they should have been guarding is known as Archers' Mount and overlooks the graves. A huge mosque and a small market is also part of the site.

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