Medina – The Radiant City
Medina is the second holiest city of Islam located in the western Saudi Arabia. It has its holy importance as it was personally named by Holy Prophet Muhammad [P.B.U.H]. This city has the honor that it is the burial place of Muhammad [P.B.U.H]. It is the religious place and millions of tourists visit Medina every year making it one of top religious destinations.
Medina has a special religious importance in Islam as it remained the capital of Caliphate during the period of first thee caliphs. People used to visit Medina while performing Hajj or Umrah.
There are many religious sites in Medina which attracts Muslims from all over the world. Most important of them are the three mosques which occupy a significant place in Islam. These are Masjid-al-Nabvi, Quba mosque and Masjid-al-Qiblatain. Masjid-al-nabvi is known as the mosque of Holy Prophet Muhammad [P.B.U.H]. Quba mosque has its own diverse place in Islam as it is the first mosque built during Muhammad’s period. Masjid-al-Qiblatain has historical importance as it is the place where Muhammad [P.B.U.H] mentioned the direction of Qibla. Muslims worship in these mosques without any difference.
Some other important mosques in Medina are Majid-e-Ali, Masjid-e-Ghamama, Msjid-e-Eid, Masjid-e-AbuBakar. Masjid-e-Umar and Masjid-e-Bilal. Muslims visit them and offer nawafils there.
Mountain of Uhad is another religious site. It is the battlefield of second battle of Islamic history. Tourists go there and pay homage to martyrs of Battle. Thousands of Muslims love to visit the Tomb of Holy Prophet [P.B.U.H] as well as the graves of caliphs and martyrs of battles.
Besides holy sites, shopping malls and colorful markets also attract tourists. Another attracting site is the Al-Haidery Dates Packing Factory. This factory is the largest factory in Medina that provides dates to the whole country. This factory has the impressing dates of all types and qualities.
Medina lacks large number of hotels to accommodate millions of tourists from all over the world. These Medina Hotels provide finest hospitality and meet all needs of tourists. Most requested hotels in Medina are Movenpick hotel Medina, Sheraton Madina hotel, Madina Oberoi hotel, Al Ansar Silver hotel Medina and Le Meridien Hotel Medina. These hotels are fully equipped mostly in pilgrimage season. Cresset Travel and Tours has contracted rates with most of these hotels of Medina.
Non Muslims are not permitted to enter in Medina, but area closed to non-Muslims are small so many facilities are open to non-Muslims. Large number of tourists from all over the world made this place heavily crowded and creates problems of heavy traffic and pollution.
People love to visit this holy city of Islam. Government has expanded the travel rights of Muslims and millions of Muslims are permitted to visit this holy city. Medina is a Radian city and a religious tourist’s destination.