“Ziyarah” means ‘to visit’ in Arabic, and even Bahasa Malaysia borrows the word with its “Ziarah” – with the same meaning. Therefore, tentative of the schedule in Madinah al-Munawarrah mainly encompass circa visits to various places; some are significant in the history of Islam; some plays pivotal roles in the spread of Islam; and some are places closely affiliated with Prophet Muhammad SAW.
The facade of Qiblatain Mosque.
The Quba’ Mosque happened to be the first mosque built by Prophet Muhammad SAW once he arrived at Yathrib (old name for Madinah) but unfortunately, our entourage did not stop there; just via glances from bus and explained by the Mutawwif on board (of the bus). Nevertheless, we did stop at another significant mosque in the history of Islam which is The Qiblatain Mosque. It was said that at this very mosque, Prophet Muhammad SAW received a revelation that the Qiblah or the direction for prayers that was used to be to the direction of Masjidil Aqsa in Palestine; should be changed to the direction of Baitul Haram which is Kaabah situated at Makkah. The name “Qiblatain” itself means “2 Qiblahs”. A verse of 144 from Surah Al-Baqarah states :-
“We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is God unmindful of what they do.”
The inner landscape of Qiblatain Mosque.
Next, we headed to the dates farm where there were all kinds of dates sold. Since I am not a shophaholic nor I am keenly interested in dates, I just went with the entourage while Mak stayed in the bus because she was quite bored with that (that was her 4th times there! So, you can imagine?!). I just joined the entourage taking sips of tea and savouring the farm and then hoped into the bus for the next destinations.
The scene at Dates Farm. Various choices of dates!
Our 3rd destination was the Jabal Uhud or the Uhud Mount. This rocky mount is significant in Islam and served as lesson to Moslems as in the Battle of Uhud which occurred circa the mountainous area, Moslems actually were ahead of the heathens and were winning the battle. Prophet Muhammad SAW had told the Moslems not to reap any of the heathens’ leftovers (swords, treasures, properties, etc) and must remain hiding at the mountains BUT the Moslems refused and disobeyed him. Little did they know, the heathens surprised them with sudden attack and the battle claimed the life of Saidina Hamzah, Prophet Muhammad SAW’s uncle who was famously known “Asadullah” or “The Lion of ALLAH” due to his feisty spirit and excellent skills in battlefields.
The historical chronology of Battle of Uhud etched.
Our Mutawwif showed us a mural which described briefly about the history of Battle of Uhud & he showed us the sepulchre of Saidina Hamzah which was surrounded by glasses walls. At the pavement walk nearby, as expected there were Bedouins selling local merchandises, etc.
Saidina Hamzah’s sepulchre.
Jabal Uhud or Mount Uhud.
Finally, our last destination was the dates market which clearly is a dull place for me but not for Mak and other entourage members! As the Malaysians were so eager to buy, the Arab salesmen were extra-eager forcing us to buy! Yeah, why I said FORCE? Because they would drag your hands and pushed you in and surrounded you like some ants over a piece of sugar! Mak as usual was very highly-spirited and snapped at those Arabs who wanted to snap at her! Hahahah! She is a Pro!
The Dates Market.
All kinds of dates!
Mak busy selecting dates for friends as souvenirs. Some of the dates are brilliantly made into chocolates and all kinds of delicacies!
On whole, it was lay-back visit. Well, a “Ziyarah” right? (,”)
The mural painted on the walls circa Mount Uhud area. Artistic!