In a statement the saudi foreign ministry said that the government would suspend entry to the kingdom for the purpose of umrah as well as for visiting the prophets mosque in medina the second holiest site in islam after the grand mosque in mecca. In this sense hajj is carried out for the love of god and to be forgiven for all his past sins in this sacred place that is the most important in the muslim world.
It is the site of the kabah which is the holiest site in islam the central focus of the hajj pilgrimage and the direction of muslims daily prayers.
Pilgrimage to mecca and medina. Mecca is also the birthplace of muhammad. In february 2016 photographer luca locatelli traveled to mecca and medina during umrah a minor pilgrimage that can be made for much of the year. Importance of the pilgrimage to mecca as described in the quran making the pilgrimage to mecca is one of the five pillars of islam instituted by allah.
The population of this city is over two million people which is less than one third of the visitors to this city. Currently as a way to manage the tickets the saudi arabian authorities require pilgrims to make a strict visa application. Mecca city located in the sirat mountains in western saudi arabia inland from the red sea coast.
Only muslims are allowed to enter this place. The prophet muhammad made the first pilgrimage to the mecca in 628 ad with 1400 followers. In 632 ad muhammad performed his only and last pilgrimage with a large number of followers and instructed them on the rites of hajj.
Pilgrimage to mecca and medina by luca locatelli january 4 2017 in february 2016 the photographer luca locatelli traveled to mecca during umrah a minor pilgrimage that can be made for much. Riyadh issued the ban on umrah pilgrimage visits to mecca and travel to medina in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus covid 19 to the gulf state and its holy sites. As one of the five pillars of islam every adult muslim who is capable must perform the hajj at least once.
Mecca or makkah is a city in hejaz saudi arabia. This is the capital city of makkah province of saudi arabia. Umrah is an islamic pilgrimage to mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year.
The area of mecca which includes mount arafah mina and muzdalifah is important for the ajj pilgrimage. Mecca is considered the holiest city in islam as it is home to the kaaba cube and al masjid al aram the sacred mosque. He received permission from the saudi arabian.
In 630 ad muhammad led his followers from medina to mecca cleansed the kaaba by destroying all the pagan idols and then consecrated the building to allah. Learn more about the theme of pilgrimage to the mecca here. The number of tourists of this place is more than thrice the.