Makkah - Other
It is the cave where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) spent a lot of time and had received his first revelation from Angel Jibrail (Angel Gabriel) from Allah (ﷻ). Hira’ cave holds great importance in the Islamic History. It is located on Jabal-al-Noor; a mountain about 3 kilometers from Makkah, it takes about 600 steps to reach the cave; which is about 12 feet in length, 5 feet 3 inches in width, and 270 meters in height.
Birthplace of the Prophet
Currently, it has been converted into the National Library of Makkah, also known as Maktaba Makkah al-Mukarramah.
Al Kiswa Factory
Kiswa is the cloth that covers the Ka'ba, and the Kiswa Factory is the place where this cloth is made each year. The factory is located on the Old Makkah-Jeddah Road. During Hajj, the new Kiswa is delivered to the Chief Gatekeeper of the Holy Mosque. The Kiswa factory takes care of all the steps in the preparation of the Kiswa, which include: dyeing, weaving, designing, printing, embroidering, laboratory, and assembly of the Kiswa. The factory is open for visitors on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday from 9 am – 12 pm.
Jannat al-Mualla is the main cemetery in Makkah, where many of the Prophet’s close relatives are buried.
Cave of Thaur
When the Prophet (PBUH) was migrating to Madinah, he hid inside this cave from his enemies where a spider wove a web at the entrance of the cave, misleading the people of Makkah into thinking that he was not present within it.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) recited Quran in this mosque and upon hearing his voice troops of Jinn came in, wanting to hear more of his recitation.
Masjid Jinn, also known as Masjid Haras, is built on the place where the Prophet (PBUH) drew a line not to be passed by Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah Be Pleased with him) who had accompanied him after he had been commanded to recite the Qur’an to the Jinn.
Masjid Aisha, also known as Masjid Al-Taneem, is a mosque located at the site where Aisha (May God Be Pleased with her) was instructed by the Prophet (PBUH) to enter the state of Ihram in order to perform Umrah during the Farewell Pilgrimage. It is the nearest and most convenient location to enter into Ihram for those residing within the boundaries of the Haram.
The Makkah Museum
The Makkah Museum or Al-Zaher Palace Museum is a historical museum that is a 10 minute drive away from the Haram. It is a two story building which is surrounded by gardens. The museum displays the history of Makkah and houses many archaeological collections from the different periods of Islamic history in the region.