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Must-Visit Places with Rich Islamic History in Saudi Arabia

The rich Islamic history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia are undeniable. This region has a lot to offer, from having the Holy Kaabah and the resting place of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to numerous other sites rich in historical sites. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is significant for Muslims worldwide because of its close association with Islam and its history.

But if you want to visit multiple sites with Islamic history or background, you must do a little research. Usual Umrah packages do not cover visits to these sites, but you can consult your Islamic travel agency UK.

Top Places in Saudi Arabia with Rich Islamic History

Let’s discuss some must-visit places in Saudi Arabia with great historical significance in Islam. 

1. Makkah and Madinah

Makkah and Madinah are the two sacred cities with close association with Islam. They are the two holiest places in the Islamic religion, with Makkah being the prayer direction for all Muslims who are travelling from worldwide. At the same time, Madinah has Masjid an-Nabwi, the resting place of the last Prophet (SAW). Moreover, these cities have many more classes with rich Islamic histories. 

2. Khaybar

Located to the north of the holy city of Madinah, Khaybar is an oasis where the famous battle of Khaybar took place in 628 AD. Muslims and Jewish fought this battle as Khaybar was a main trading route from Yemen to the Levant. Moreover, there was an excellent production of high-quality dates in this region. Muslims won the battle. Therefore, many Muslims visit the ruins of Khaybar in Saudi Arabia to witness the historical place. 

3. Jawatha Mosque

Jawatha mosque is one of the earliest mosques in Saudi Arabia, and the Bani Abd al-Qays tribe built it in 629 AD. Built-in Saudi Arabia’s pre-Islamic era, it is the first mosque to hold the congressional prayer on Friday, along with Masjid an-Nabwi in Madinah. Moreover, it is also referred from the historical legends that the Qarmatians stole the sacred Black Stone and kept it in this mosque for approximately twenty-two years. 

4. Masmak Fort

Masmak Fort is closely associated with the history of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan built this splendid fort in 1865. Turkish rule in 1902 took over this fort. Masmak Fort has a solid defence with strong walls and towers all around. Moreover, there is a well and a mosque inside this fort, and the decoration and architecture of this fort represent the history of Saudi Arabia in a significant way. 

5. Mount Uhud and the Site of Battle

All Muslims know the enticing battle of Uhud led by the Holy Prophet (SAW) himself. It was a challenging battle, and many Muslims lost their lives. Therefore, Muslims like to visit Mount Uhud because of its rich Islamic history whenever they visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

6. Masjid ul Jummah

Masjid ul Jummah is where the Holy Prophet (SAW) offered and led the Jummah prayer on his way to Madinah from Quba. He contributed this prayer at the request of Banu Salim as he passed the village of Banu Salim bin Auf. 

7. Museum of the Two Holy Mosques

This museum in Makkah has a great exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques’ architecture and relics. It consists of various historical elements of Islam that many Muslims are intrigued by. The most treasured pieces of this museum are the doors of Kaabah that have been replaced over the years. 

8. Jannat ul Mala

Jannat ul Mala is the graveyard where many close family members of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and Sahaba are buried. Some respected people resting in this graveyard include;

  • Hazrat Khadija (RA)
  • Abdullah, the second son of the Holy Prophet (SAW) from his wife Hazrat Khadija (RA)
  • Hazrat Abdul Muttalib 
  • Qasim, Prophet (SAW)’s eldest son from Hazrat Khadija (RA)
  • Hazrat Abu Talib

9. Masjid Al-Jinn

Masjid Al-Jinn also has an excellent association with Islamic history. This was where Holy Prophet (SAW) took Abdullah bin Mas’ood and called Jinns by reciting the Quran. After relieving themselves, he informed Abdullah bin Mas’ood never to use dung and bones. 

10. Masjid Taneem

Masjid Taneem is also known as Masjid Ayesha as this was where Holy Prophet (SAW)’s wife, Hazrat Ayesha (RA), prepared to enter the state of Ihram. Thus it has great historical significance for Muslims. 

Final Words

Once you have booked Umrah packages, you must plan your stay in the region. You must utilise your free time best once you are in the holy cities. Therefore, after performing Umrah, Muslims started exploring historically rich places closely associated with Muslims and Islam. You can consult a reliable Islamic travel agency UK to learn about these places or do some research to plan your stay in Saudi Arabia accordingly.