Madinah or Medina… It is a city in the western part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Madinal Al Munawarrah, literally translates as “the radiant city”.
Notably one of the important cities for the Muslim world. Masjid Al Nabawi or the prophet’s mosque is situated herein. This is the city where prophet Mohammed (PBUH) lived and died after his plight from Makkah. The first Islamic mosque is also found here, Masjid Al Quba.
Makkah and Madinah are Islam’s two holiest cities. Makkah as the birth place of prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and the site of the first revelation of the Qur’an. The Kaa’ba is in Makkah, and visited by millions of Muslims all year round to perform Umrah. The performance of Hajj (holy pilgrimage) is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is obligatory to able-bodied Muslims at least once in a lifetime. Non-muslims are not allowed to gain access to both cities.
Madinah is an ancient city, like Makkah. Until now, it is one of the centers of trade and commerce in Saudi Arabia. It is distinct and unique in itself. Variant cultures interact and create a bond to share religious sentiments and spiritual enlightenment.