ETIQUETTES OF VISITING MAKKAH AND MADINA

Makkah

Makkah and Madina are 2 sanctuaries of Islam. These cities are the most sacred cities for all Muslims. Unluckily, because of the ignorance or just plain carelessness, many Muslims visiting the holy cities do not observe correct manners. Excellent manners are necessary part of the Islamic Faith. This etiquette is universal and should be exhibited by each and every Muslim everywhere at all times. Though, in Makkah and Madina they should be extra diligent in showing dignity and respect in their behaviour.

A great number of booklets and books exist, in nearly all languages of the globe, about the rituals to be performed in city Makkah and Madina. Some of these books explain in detail the various tasks and activities of Umrah and Hajj. Many others outline countless Dua (supplications) and Quranic verses (ayats) suitable during Tawaaf (circumambulation) of Holy Kaaba. People have spent a huge deal of time and effort compiling duas for each and every little act of worship. Duas have been outlined for someone entering in Masjid-al-Haram or when performing Sa’ee (walk between Safa and Marwa hills).

People have also written books on the rituals of city Madina outlining the number and manner or behaviour of prayers to be conducted in Masjid-e-Nabawi even telling which part of the masjid to pray in. Other books describe how to act upon entering in graveyard of jannat-ul-Baqee and other places to visit while staying in Madinah. Even though such wealth of information exists about the rites and rituals, sadly, very few books pressure decorum while in the sacred cities of Islam. In addition, pilgrim escorts and guide also focus first and foremost on rituals. Many media outlets such as radio and television programs provide information for pilgrims but the focus is on the acts that should be performed and the readings to accompany them. Very slight is said about the manners required in Makkah and Madina.

There is a huge need for educating Muslims visiting Makkah and Madina to behave and act in a respectful manner. Additionally, the unfortunate reality is that an overwhelming majority of Muslim countries are usually under developed. The literacy rate in most of the Muslim countries is quite low. So, when pilgrims come to Makkah and Madina, they bring with them the similar unrefined manner of behaviour so general in such countries.

Unfortunately, our pilgrims have missed the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as well. For prayers to be accepted by ALLAH Almighty, it is Islam’s requirement that the body, the dress and the place should be clean (TAHARAH).

Likewise, good behaviour is a necessary requirement if we want our prayers are to be accepted. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) forbade pushing or jumping over people in order to make space for another person to pray.

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