Monday, June 15, 2015

Attractions/Places to Visit/See in Madina, Saudi Arabia–Tour/Travel Guide (Updated)

Originally Posted on Monday, 10 June, 2013:

Madina is the second holiest city in Islam after Makkah and it is critically significant in Islamic History for being where Muhammad's SAW final religious base was established after the Hijrah. Medina was the power base of Islam in its first century, being where the early Muslim community (ummah) developed under the Prophet's leadership, then under the leadership of the first four caliphs of Islam.
In fact, Year 1 of the Islamic calendar is based on the year of the emigration (or Hijra (هِجْرَة)) of Muhammad SAW and his followers (Muhajirun) from Makkah to the city of Medina in 622 AD/1 AH.
Madina is home to the three oldest mosques in Islam, namely Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (The Prophet's Mosque), Quba Mosque (the first mosque in Islam's history), and Masjid al-Qiblatain (The Mosque of the Two Qiblahs - the mosque where the direction of Muslim prayer, or qiblah, was switched from Jerusalem to Makkah).
Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medina


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For Travelling to Madina by Road you can check my other post : Locations of Roadside Petrol Pumps (Gas Stations) between Buraydah (Qasim) and Madina, Saudi Arabia

 

1. Masjid e Nabvi and Al-Baqi'

It is the second holiest site in Islam and it was the second mosque built in history. The mosque is located in what was traditionally the center of Medina.  Al-Baqi' is just next to Masjid e Nabvi. It contains many of Muhammad's SAW relatives and companions.
Details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Masjid_an-Nabawi
Coordinates: 24.4684,39.61172
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/Ex97v

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2. Mount Auhad (Jabal e Auhad)

It is 1,077 m (3,533 ft) high. It was the site of the second battle between Muslim and Makkah forces. The Battle of Uhud was fought on 19 March, 625, between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, in what is now north-western Arabia, and a force from Makkah.
Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Uhud
Coordinates: 24.503233,39.61332
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/DPz3G
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3. Masjid e Quba

It is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by Muhammad SAW as soon as he arrived on his emigration from the city of Makkah to Medina and the mosque was completed by his companions.
Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quba_Mosque
Coordinates: 24.44,39.618389
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/cM0m8

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4. Seven Masajid, Masjid e Fatah, Gazva e Khandaq (Battle of the Trench)

The Battle of the Trench was a fortnight-long siege of Madina by Muslims. The strength of the confederate armies is estimated around 10,000 men with six hundred horses and some camels, while the Madinan defenders numbered 3,000. The battle began on March 31, 627.
The largely outnumbered defenders of Madina led by Muhammad SAW, dug a trench, which together with Madina's natural fortifications, rendered the confederate cavalry (consisting of horses and camels) useless, locking the two sides in a stalemate. The well-organized defenders, the sinking of confederate morale, and poor weather conditions caused the siege to end in a fiasco.
The siege was a "battle of wits", in which the Muslims tactically overcame their opponents while suffering very few casualties. Efforts to defeat the Muslims failed, and Islam became influential in the region. The defeat caused the Makkahian to lose their trade and much of their prestige.[4]

Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Trench
Coordinates: 24.477213,39.595161
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/3Ig5i

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5. Masjid Qiblatain

Masjid al-Qiblatain (Mosque of the two Qiblas) is the place where Muhammad SAW, leading the prayer, had been commanded to change the direction of prayer (qibla) from Jerusalem to Makkah. Thus it uniquely contained two prayer niches (mihrabs). Recently the mosque was renovated; the old prayer niche facing Jerusalem was removed, and the one facing Makkah was left.
The Qiblatain Mosque is among the three earliest mosques in Islam's history, along with Quba Mosque and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masjid_al-Qiblatain
Coordinates: 24.483897,39.579095
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/sZuxM

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6. Masjid Jummah

While going to Madina from Quba Masjid, Muhammad SAW offered Islam’s 1st Jummah Prayer on this spot.
Coordinates: 24.445597,39.614848
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/K5LX5
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7. Masjid Bani Haram

The Prophet SAW offered prayer here.
Coordinates: 24.473146,39.597417
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/PyMBZ
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8. Masjid Abu Zar

The Prophet SAW offered prayer here. It is situated just next to Sapco Bus Station.
Coordinates: 24.475856,39.61457
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/KYpXJ
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9. Historic Pictures Museum

This museum is just next to Masjid e Nabvi. If you are facing Qibla than this museum is situated just next to the outer right wall of the masjid.
Operating Time:
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Coordinates: 24.468941, 39.607564
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/kfTlT

10. The Beautiful Names of Allah Exhibition


This exhibition is also just next to Masjid e Nabvi. If you are facing Qibla than this museum is situated just next to the outer right wall of the masjid.
Operating Time:
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Coordinates: 24.469526, 39.607501
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/rjpkM
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11. Dates


1. National Dates Factory

Madina is famous for its dates and you would find 100s of shops there solely selling dates. I buy dates from National Dates Factory’s outlet, it is a little expensive but the quality of dates is very good. This shop is located near Masjid Fatah. It is closed from Jummah to Asar prayer on Friday.

The rates I found last time are as follows:
  • Ajwa Low : SR60 / KG
  • Ajwa Medium : SR70 / KG
  • Ajwa Premium : SR130 / KG  -  it comes in wooden box
  • Khudri : SR 15 / KG
  • Safawi : SR 25 / KG
  • Mabroom : SR 30 / KG  -  my personal favorite
  • Sukri : SR 50 / 1.5 KG
Coordinates: 24.476953,39.589476
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/ITGWz
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2. Dates Farm

My friend has informed me about a dates farm from where you can buy dates directly. I have not been to there myself thus I don’t know the details but if you are looking to buy fresh dates in bulk quantity then this is worth a visit.
Coordinates: 24.436938, 39.621946
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/o615K
The rates I found last time are as follows:
  • Ajwa : SR50 / KG
  • Mabroom Small : SR25 / KG
  • Mabroom Medium: SR30 / KG
  • Mabroom Large: SR35 / KG
  • Sawafi Large: SR 25 / KG

12. Al Baik Fast Food Restaurants

This is the most famous food chain of western side of Saudi Arabia. It is jam pack all the time, it is famous for its taste, quality and low price.
Operating Time (Near Masjid e Nabvi):
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Coordinates (Near Masjid e Nabvi): 24.463791,39.616012
Google Maps Link (Near Masjid e Nabvi): http://goo.gl/maps/jCpKX

Coordinates (Far from Masjid e Nabvi): 24.444696,39.650095
Google Maps Link (Far from Masjid e Nabvi): http://goo.gl/maps/xUuji
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13. Cars Workshops

It you need any kind of maintenance for your car then you can visit this area, it has many workshops, serving all kinds of cars. You can also walk to Masjid e Nabvi after leaving your car here if the maintenance work would take long time.
Coordinates: 24.47877,39.61948
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/6nqPk
You can also find a Petromin Express on the below location for quick oil change etc:
Coordinates: 24.486931,39.59044
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/jRKyG

14. Wadi Jinn (Wadi Baida)

It is a  valley at 45km from Madina. It has beautiful ‘fairy world’ kind of mountains. You can find a few ice cream trucks and people having picnic there. You would need around 2.5 hours to have a round trip to this place. You would find date farms on both sides of the road on your way.
This valley has Gravity Mountains. A gravity or magnetic hill is a place where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due to the layout of the surrounding land, creating the optical illusion that water flows uphill or a car left out of gear will roll uphill, among others.
List of Gravity Hills: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gravity_hills
Coordinates: 24.72313,39.44349
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/OUmWP



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15. Hotels:


Reviews: Hotels in Madina, Saudi Arabia
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1. Dar Al Safa (Cheap Hotel):

If you are looking for a cheap hotel at 8 minutes walk from Masjid e Nabvi than you can go to Hotel Dar Al Safa. There is parking available near this hotel. There are Pakistani restaurants available near this hotel. Many Umrah Bus Services also use this parking thus try to leave asap after Jummah Prayer to avoid traffic jam. It is open for Visitors and Pilgrims.
Phone: +966 44 8243833
Address: Hai Al Rawda – Al Azyat, near Masjid Bilal, Madina Munawara
Coordinates: 24.462075,39.613182
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/KCC7S

2. Saeed Makkey Hotels Group – Anwar Al Mishrefeh (Cheap Hotel):

If you are looking for a cheap hotel at 8 minutes walk from Masjid e Nabvi than you can go to Hotel Anwar Al Mishrefeh . There is parking available near this hotel. There are Pakistani restaurants available near this hotel.
Phone: +966 44 8279469
Fax: +966 44 8267767
Mobile: +966 551258348
Email: smakkeygroup@gmail.com
Address: Near NCB Bank, Quba Down Street, Al Madinah Al Munawara
Coordinates: 24.46094,39.608169
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/unYLN

3. Al Siddique Palace (Cheap Hotel):

If you are looking for a cheap hotel at 8 minutes walk from Masjid e Nabvi than you can go to Hotel Al Siddique Palace. There is no parking available near this hotel. There are Pakistani restaurants available near this hotel. It is open for Visitors and Pilgrims.
Phone: +966 44 8235649
Mobile: +966 553115898
Address: Near Abudi Palace & Al Khalifa Al Andalusy, Airport Down Street, Madina Munawara
Coordinates: 24.47465,39.61067
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/wEKIs

4. Yayiti Hotel (Cheap Hotel):


This hotel is not at walking distance from Masjid e Nabvi so it is only suitable if you have your own conveyance or if you can use taxi. I went to Madina just before Hajj, most of the hotels were fully booked, while searching I found this one and found it quite good.
Address: 4999 Al Muhajir Ibn Abi Umayah, Bani Muawiyah
Coordinates: 24.473353, 39.630746
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Qcflv


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6 comments:

  1. Assalam o alaikum

    Could you recommend any parking lots near masjid-e-nabvi and if you know of the prices? I have booked with Royal Inn and they do not offer parking.

    Thank you
    Roha

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    1. Waliqumaslam Roha, You can park in the underground parking of Masjid e Nabvi, it costs around SR2 / hour.

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