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Medina, Saudi Arabia
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Medina is one of the most important cities in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. This quality alone draws many people from all over the world. It also functions as capital of the Al Madinah Province. Medina is also known as Madinah or officially al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah. No need to be confused. The City is important because it is the second holiest city in Islam next to Mecca. It is where the Islamic prophet Muhammad was buried. But what is more historically important, it is where he and his followers lived after the Hijra during the 7th century. He spent many years of his life doing his works in the city.

Many Muslims travel across the world to visit the city of Medina. This happens every year because of the annual pilgrimage as well as the Umrah. The culture and history of the place is what draws people. Plus, this is also the place where you can find Islam’s first mosque. But as for the non-Muslims, unfortunately you are not allowed access.

Muhammad’s home was later developed as a shrine. Today, it is known as Prophet’s Dome. And then years later, this was developed into a larger mosque where many Muslims could worship. The mosque as well as the land is considered to be one of the holiest sites in the country. But even though the mosque has grown and increased in size, the original dome is still kept.

You may think that Medina is only for the people of Saudi Arabia, but there are actually many workers from India and from other surrounding countries that visit. The main attraction and essence of Medina is that it is a place to worship in Islam. There are also hundreds of other mosques within the city. A visit to this place would definitely be an insightful experience.

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