Why is Saudi Arabia Important for Muslims?

Saudi Arabia

For nearly 14 thousand years or more, the natives of the Arabian Peninsula held a strong identity based upon their religion. Being a modern nation in today’s world, Saudi Arabia to this date honors the Arabic tradition and heritage while keeping the Islamic values alive.

So why is Saudi Arabia so important for Muslims around the globe? The answer is pretty simple, Mecca and Medina. The two cities are home to the two Holy Mosques in the world, Masjid e Haram and Masjid e Nabawi. 

Mecca

Here is all you need to know!

Umrah

Every year, in fact, every month thousands of Muslims from around the globe visit Saudi Arabia to perform a religious ritual that includes following the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and his family.

This ritual is considered a shorter version of the annual ritual called Hajj. With Umrah, Muslims get the opportunity to refresh their souls and attain Allah’s pleasure by pleasing Him and asking for His Forgiveness. 

Just so you know, Royal Travels have come up with Umrah packages all inclusive in case you plan on visiting anytime soon. Umrah can be performed any time of the year and is not considered an obligatory pilgrimage but is considered voluntary. It’s like performing Umrah to get a bonus point for your final result. 

 Hajj

Hajj, performed once every year, is considered the most significant or Farz ritual for Muslims.  Every year you will find millions of Muslims travel all the way to Mecca in order to complete the 6-day pilgrimage which consists of circling the Kaaba (at the beginning and the end), Mina, Arafaat, Musdalfa, and Stoning of the devil followed by Eid ul Adha

However, unlike Umrah, Hajj may be obligatory, it can be performed only once in a lifetime. There also are certain exemptions e.g. if you are not able to afford Hajj or are not physically fit due to a serious illness, the pilgrimage is not obligatory over you. 

Medina

Medina is said to be the city of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). This is the very city where he settled down permanently until he passed away. 

When he and the minor majority of muslims were immensely tortured by the Quraish in Mecca, the Prophet (S.A.W) was given the command by Allah to migrate towards Medina with his people. Upon reaching there, he and his people were welcomed with joy and many of the people there converted to Islam. Thus, the population of Muslims in Medina increased every day. 

The mosque of the Prophet (S.A.W) called Masjid e Nabwabi, which was once also the home of the Prophet (S.A.W) and his wife Hazrat Aisha (R.A), is the heart of this city. This is the very mosque where the Prophet (S.A.W) is also buried along with one of his two great companions Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) and Hazrat Umar (R.A). There also is an additional grave next to them which is said to be for Prophet Isa (A.S) aka Jesus, after he descends from heaven by Allah’s permission and will be buried here after his time on Earth will be completed. 

This is the city after Mecca where all the good deeds are multiplied. It is also said that the city is protected by angels day and night on Allah’s command inorder to stop Dajjal (the anti-Christ) from entering Medina. This would be the only city that he would not be able to enter under any circumstances. 

Within Medina, there are many more holy sites that pilgrims often visit. 

Riaz Ul Jannah

Riaz Ul Jannah is the area between the sacred chamber of the Prophet (S.A.W) and his Minbar inside Masjid e Nabawi. In The book of Sahih al Bukhari 1196, the Prophet (S.A.W) said that it is one of the gardens of paradise, hence the name. 

Masjid e Quba

Masjid e Quba or the Quba mosque was the first mosque built by the Prophet (S.A.W) himself and to this date, it still holds a high significance. Every Saturday, the Prophet (S.A.W) used to visit Quba either by foot or by riding and used to offer two Rakat Salah.

It is said in the Sahih Al-Bukhari Book 21, volume 2, Hadith Number 284/285, The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said:  “Whoever goes out until he comes to this mosque, i.e. Masjid e Quba, and prayed two rakaat there, that will be equivalent to Umrah ”.

Jannatul Baqi

Al-Baqi,  Jannatul Baqi, or Garden of Baqi is the main and largest cemetery in Medina, right next to Masjid e Nabawi. This cemetery contains graves of many prominent members of the Prophet (S.A.W)’s family and his companions. To this day almost all the muslims who passed away in Medina are buried here. 

Conclusion

Saudi Arabia holds such a significant history as this is the place where Islam began to emerge. From that day onwards, this country is the heart of Islam and will continue to remain till the end of times. 

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