"Medina el Munawarrah" Medina by uglyscot

Medina Travel Guide: 139 reviews and 378 photos

the second most holy site in Islam

Medina lies in a bowl surrounded by mountains. Pilgrims go there as part of the umrah, the so-called little hajj, because it was here that the Prophet Mohamed lived his later years and where he is buried. As part of the joint Hajj and Umrah pilgrims either spend several days before or after the hajj itself. It is an opportunity to relax before or after the hardship of the hajj.It is not a large town, and everything is keyed to the umrah. The large beautiful mosque [masjid el Nabi] is the focal point, and pilgrims go there five times a day to pray and then return to their accommodation to rest or sleep. There are also historical places to visit connected to the times of the Prophet.

The Mosque

The mosque is very beautiful, and although the courtyard is of marble , it is not cold to walk on because it is heated from below.
I found it strange that children were skate boarding around the courtyard between the prayers, while people were praying or reading spiritual texts.
Inside the mosque is also very peaceful, although everyone is searched before entering, and wardens go up and down the rows making the congregation keep their lines straight- rather like being back in school; so, many people prefer to pray in the courtyard itself, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and people chat with others from different countries.
It is quite awe-inspiring to see thousands of people all heading for the mosque from different directions especially just before the dawn prayers.

The Rawdah

The Rawdah is an early part of the mosque where the Prophet and some of his followers are buried. It is easily recognised by its green dome. Visiting the Rawdah is expected of a pilgrim, but it is usually very crowded, and the time open for women is limited.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a tranquil and very spiritual place
  • Cons:very crowded and in winter can be very cold
  • Last visit to Medina: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 25, 2012
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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Beautiful mosque. Hope you will show us more forbidden photos. Never seen dates that look like plums. Interesting informative tips and very good pictures.

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