Islam is the second-largest religion of the world, but most of the Americans articulate about Islam that they know something or nothing about it. Illogical fear of Islam is allowed by the fact that almost half of the Americans do not individually know anyone who is Muslim, and half have self-reported narrow-mindedness against Muslims.
So, the best way to gain knowledge about something unfamiliar is to experience it personally. If you have never been to a country with a considerable Muslim population, their religious obligations, their culture, think about planning a trip. There are many places to visit in the world. Some of these place only the lucky ones to visit and explore it and some of the places where just Muslims can go. Apart from of how much wealth you have and what your religion is, if it’s not in your curiosity, you will not see it in your lifespan.
In this article, we are going to present an imaginary tour and fascination of probably the most wonderful holy places of Muslims in the world over. If any of the places mentioned here are on your tour list, you should need to book your ticket today. These most visited holy places will give you a better point of view on Islam and will make for an awesome and memorable tour as well.
The Holy Kaaba (Masjid ul Haraam), Makkah
This holy place is believed to be the house of Almighty Allah in Makkah, the city of Saudi Arabia. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) started the preaching of Islam from that holy place in 640 CE. Masjid ul Haraam is the largest mosque in Makkah City and the largest in Islam as well. The place of Holy Kaaba exists since the time if the creation of the earth. Every year Muslims come here to perform one of the basic pillars of Islam, “Hajj” and turn towards five times a day in prayer.
The mosque of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) established and originally built by Him in Madina, Saudi Arabia. This mosque was the second one after Masjid Quba. It was a very simple and modest structure built by the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) at the time of migration from Makkah to Madina measuring 92feet by 115feet. After seven years, the size of the mosque was increased to accommodate the increasing number of Muslims. The material used to build this holy mosque was mud walls, stone foundation, trunks, branches, and leaves of palm trees. There were three doors, the Bab-Al-Rehman, the Bab-Al-Jibril, and the Bab-an_Nisa. The original mosque was an open building and it is located in the heart of Madina surrounded markets and many hotels.
Jabal-E-Noor (The Hira Cave)
Also known as “The Mountain of Light”, where the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) received the first revelations of Quran in the month of Ramadan in 610 CE and began to like solitude in the cave of Hira for many days and nights. This mountain lies about 2miles from the Holy Kaaba. The cave of Hira is less than 4 meters in length and little more than 1 and a half meters in width. This cave is very important in Muslims and people climb up here to feel the spirituality of this Holy Place.
This place is situated opposite to Holy Kaaba in Makkah. This is the place where Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) had built the structure of Holy Kaaba. It is the order of Allah that all the pilgrims must offer two rakaat Salah behind the Maqam-E-Ibrahimi. The Footprint of Prophet Ibrahim (A.s) is conserved on a stone at this place. Many people visit this place to feel the religious importance of this place.
This mosque holds an important place in the heart of Muslims. This 3rd most holy place in Islam is the location that the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was transported during the journey of Israa and Miraaj. It was the sight for the most amazing congregation in the history of mankind, when every Prophet that ever lived was get together for a prayer behind Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey
Constructed by Architect Mimar Sinan, this Ottoman mosque located in Edrine, Turkey is well thought-out as one of the biggest achievements of Islamic structural design. It stands at the centre of a Kulliye and features an octagonal support system from side to side 8 pillars notched in a square shell of walls. It also has 4 domes and curves mechanism from the pillars.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The most beautiful religious building with the stunning interior is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This mosque is named after the creator of the United Arab Emirates and the first President, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan late. He selected the site and took significant manipulate on the structural design of the mosque. Based on his apparition, the mosque was built with the augment of 9.5 meters above the street level and 11 meters above sea level with the intention that it is visibly able to be seen from all directions.
The mosque was built as a memorial to merge Islamic culture and a well-known centre for Islamic sciences. According to the wish of Sheikh Zayed, this mosque was his last resting place when he passed away in 2004.
Sabah State Mosque, Malaysia
If you want to see the architectural masterpiece, just visit the Sabah State Mosque, Malaysia. The color combination of the mosque with grey walls and majestic glittering gold inlay domes presents fascinating look located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Raman. The existence of this masterpiece with modern design is the proof of is a resistant of an exceptional combination of Islamic architecture and modern design. This mosque has become a very popular place among the worldwide travellers. More than five thousand worshippers can be inside at a time and during prayer, Muslim women can also visit for prayer, as the special balcony is built that can fit 500 women. If you are not a Muslim and just want to go there to see this masterpiece, avoid visiting the mosque on Fridays, as this is the special day of prayer for Muslims. Don’t forget to reverence the dress code when you are visiting a holy place of worship. Sabah’s State Mausoleum is near the mosque as well.
Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
This religious place is situated in Casablanca, Morocco. Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque in the country and the 5th largest mosque in the world, after the Masjid al-Haram of Makkah and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. This mosque was designed by a French architect “Michel Pinseau” and constructed by “Bouygues”. It stands on a peninsula watching out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through an extremely large glass floor with wide space for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be provided accommodation in the adjacent grounds of the mosque for a total of 105,000 worshippers present at any given time at the Hassan II mosque. This great mosque has the world’s tallest minaret of 689ft (210 meters).