Al Madinah Al-Munawarah is the capital of Madinah Governorate and Islam’s second holiest city. The city is frequently visited as part of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, and it is home to the Prophet of Islam’s and the Mosque, known in Arabic as Al- Masjid An-Nabawi, which is Islam’s second holiest site after the Kaaba in Mekkah.
Explore the city of the Messenger “Peace be upon him” and learn about the historical and religious sites you must see on your visit to Madinah.
1. Mosque Quba:
The world’s oldest mosque, dating back to the time of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Its initial stones were placed by Muhammad as soon as he arrived on his journey from Mecca to Madinah. The mosque is well-known for its distinctive Architectural style, towering minarets, and wonderful interior.
The virtue of Masjid Quba is mentioned in the following Quranic verse in Surah Tawbah: “certainly a masjid founded on piety from the very first day is more deserving that you should stand in it…” [9:108]
2. Mosque Qiblatain:
The Mosque of the Two Qiblas in Madinah has two prayers (mihrabs), one facing Jerusalem (Al- Aqsa Mosque) and the other Makkah (Kaaba). This significant historical mosque is highlighted by the design of twin minarets and twin domes that stand out with their magnificent Islamic architecture.
3. Mosque Al-Jummah:
Masjid Jummah, in Madinah marks the site where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) led the first Jummah salah, shortly after his Hijrah (migration) from Makkah. It is about 2.5 km from Masjid-e-Nabwi.
4. The Seven Mosques:
Sab’u Masajid is a collection of six tiny ancient and often toured mosques in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Despite the fact that the word “Sab’ah” implies “seven,” the complex originally included the Masjid al-Qiblatayn.
5. Mosque of Al-Ghamama:
This masjid, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Ghamama. It is built on the site where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life. It is one of the oldest mosques in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
6. Mosque Ejabah:
The significance of Masjid Ejabah (also known as Masjid Mu’awiyah) is that it is the location where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) supplicated to Allah for three things. Allah Almighty answered two of his requests, but not the third. The Arabic word ‘ejabah’ in English closely means ‘responding’.
7. Baqi al-Gharqad:
Baqi al-Gharqad is the main cemetery of Madinah. Buried there are many members of the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) close family, around ten thousand of his companions (Sahabah) and many prominent, pious personalities.
8. Ohad Mountain:
The Martyrs of Uhud Cemetery has the remains of 70 Shuhada (martyrs) killed at the Battle of Uhud, the most prominent of which was the Prophet’s uncle, Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib.
9. King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran:
Is the largest printing facility in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, where the Qur’an is printed in Arabic and other languages. Since 1985, the firm has produced around 10 million copies each year and has produced over 10 million volumes of the Qur’an that have been distributed all over the world.
10. The Exhibition of Allah’s Beautiful Names:
This continuous display, located close to Al Masjid an-Nabawi, features a portrayal of Allah’s numerous Names. Visitors may immerse themselves in the beauty of the names, which are displayed in an artistic modern way.
11. Hejaz Railway Museum:
The railway was created primarily to establish a link between Constantinople and the Hijaz region in Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites in Islam, and to shorten the journey of pilgrims performing Hajj. The line, begun in 1900, spanned 1,600km from Syria to Medina by 1908, though its planned final leg to Makkah would never be realized.
12. Dar Al Madinah Museum:
Dar Al Madinah is regarded as the first and largest museum displaying Madinah’s civil and historical architecture. The museum, which reflects Islamic history, highlights the prophet’s life journey as well as the city’s culture and civilization.
13. Quba Front:
A distinctive development project incubating for entertainment, culture and creativity, linking the originality of the past to the history of Quba, and the modernity of the present, and includes several services and facilities that suit all tastes and ages, to be the first destination for Al-Madinah residents and visitors.
14. Saqeefah Garden:
Situated 200m west of Masjid-e- Nabwi (in the rear right hand side), the Saqeefah Garden belonged to the Banu Sa’edah and is where the Muslims consulted regarding who should be appointed the Caliphate after the demise of the Prophet(P.B.U.H).
15. Masjid Suqya:
Masjid al-Suqya (Arabic: مسجد السقيا) is a mosque where the Prophet ﷺ prayed and supplicated for the well-being of the Muslims of Madinah, before departing for the Battle of Badr. Suqya is pronounced Saqyah. Masjid Al Saqya is located inside the Anbariya train station, in Madinah. The masjid named after the well Saqya, which is located Nearby.
16. Masjid Shaikhain:
Masjid al-Shaikhain (Arabic: مسجد الشيخين) also known as Masjid al-Dar’a (Arabic: مسجد الدرع) is a mosque which marks the location where the Prophet ﷺ prayed before the Battle of Uhud. This is the location where all the people of Muslims of Madinah were called during the day before Uhud battle. Woman, children and the elderly were given shelter. The battle was planned, troops were selected at the very same location.
17. Masjid Mustarah:
Masjid Mustarah is located in Madinah (Medina), Saudi Arabia. The Masjid is also known as the Bani Haritha mosque. Prophet Muhammad PBUH rested in this location on his way back home after the battle of Uhud. Therefore the masjid was named Mustarah. Mustarah means a place for resting.