"Land of the Prophet" Top 5 Page for this destination Medina by Manyana

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Overview

- Medina is the second holy city in Islam where Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) immigrated to 1400 years ago.

- Location:in the western region of the Kingdom and 5 hours driving north east to Jeddah--Mintaqat al Madinah al Munawarah. It's a hilly area that 625 m above the sea level, fertile and full of flowers and palms flowers since it used to be a volcanic area.

- Spots and Importance: It also has got an international airport that receives pilgrims and visitors of the Prophet., and many religious sightseeings from the cemetery of Baqee to the Holy Mosque of the Prophet.

- Name: it used to be called Yathreb in the pre-Islamic era. When the Prophet immigrated, the name changed to al Madina al Munawarah which means 'the Enlightened City'

- Weather: usually dry and hot in summer and cool and a bit rainy in winter: 15 C-45 C.

- History: In 622, Medina became the seat of Muhammad's growing movement after the Hijra. In 622 Mohammad was invited to come and live in and act as a sort of governor. Medina in those times was a divided city. Different clans and religions were eternally quarrelling and bickering and Muhammad brought unity to the city. All parties agreed to a pact drawn up by Muhammad and his followers. He invited all people in the city to follow the new religion of Islam. However, he had trouble convincing the Jews
(who were actually quite large) that Islam was the true version of Judaism. In the ten years following the Hijra, Medina formed the base from which Muhammad attacked and was attacked and it was from here that he marched on Makkah, becoming its ruler without battle. Even when Islamic rule was established Medina remained for some years the most important city of Islam and the de facto capital of the Caliphate. Under the first four Caliphs, known as the Righteous Caliphs, the Islamic empire expanded rapidly and came to include centres of learning such as Jerusalem, Ctesiphon, and Damascus. After the death of Ali; The fourth caliph, Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite. Then, Muawiyya transferred the capital to Damascus where he established a new Islamic state called al Amawiyah. In 1924 the city, which had been in Ottoman hands for centuries, fell to Ibn Saud, whose empire later became Saudi Arabia.

Beliefs and sayings

- Often said that al Madina is a good city. If some resident has a good heart, lives respectfully there, and eventually falls in love with al Madina, al Madina will love them back. So they will live there forever.
- Islamic poets often *dream* of seeing the Green Dome where the Prophet was laid to rest..."Oh the Green Dome, we have lost our senses, taken by your beauty"
- Who is buried in al Madina will be in the company of the Prophet since it is called Madinat al Rasool or the Messenger's City

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:people are good, religious sightseeings
  • In a nutshell:Land of the Prophet
  • Last visit to Medina: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 22, 2006
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    good tips!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Hi have enjoyed a roam around your informative tips and photos thanks.

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Wonderful tips, Amani! Everyone should read and understand them, especially non-Muslims like me. The now historical photos are interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Very interesting tips and an excellent opening photo - very eye-catching!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    thank you for sharing your vast knowledge about your homeland with us. your pages are very interesting and educational. thank you for taking your time to share your knowledge with us :O)

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    Thanks for a great page. Excellent photo's ;-)

  • Mar 8, 2007 at 2:36 AM

    You seem to like my Bologna page very much, do you??? You always write me there :) :) :) :)

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2006 at 2:35 PM

    Last time I visited Medina.... LOL Next time you have to meet me in Akaba-Eilat- Saudi Arabia meeting point, and take me to see the country... wishful thinking, Amani, for sure not Manyana. beesmilla, Avraham.

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 5:39 PM

    A very nice page, as a non-muslim I guess my time would not be well spent in travelling to Medina. So thank you for sharing.

  • Raffies's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 2:07 PM

    Thanks for the tips and the photos that made my heart skip a beat .

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