The Muslim holiest city of Makkah is commemorated as the cornerstone of Islam. It is being visited by millions of God-fearing Muslims across the globe to quench their spiritual thirst during their Hajj and Umrah. This Saudi city is the holy home to the Holy Kaaba and the direction of Salah (five-times prayer) for the Muslims. Moreover, being the birthplace of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAW), Makkah city enjoys a more reverential place in the hearts of the Muslims.
It’s highly recommended to make most of your spiritual journey to Makkah with side trips and excursions. Furthermore, it would surely be a memorable experience to eye the other wonders of the Makkah city along with the austere religious sites.
With your dear fellas or on your own, spare some extra hours or a full day to explore the Kingdom of Makkah. Discover the hidden Makkah treasures with their remarkable attributes.
Exuberant Experience of Makkah Museum
After having Umrah done, I decided to gear up for Makkah Museum to spend some extra hours in Makkah city. I am not a history geek to its not easy for me to write about the Museums or any historical spot. But this never forgetting Makkah Museum visit has changed my vision altogether. Therefore, I would like to throw some valuable light about a wonderful learning experience at Makkah Museum. It is more than suggested to visit at insightful places of Makkah city to deepen your Islamic knowledge.
Makkah Museum and its Location
This fascinating building lies amid the hills of Makkah’s Umm Al Joud area, not far from the Kiswah factory. This dignified Museum showcases a treasure trove of items dating back hundreds of years. It was established in 1999, by the Late Prince Abdul Majeed, governor of Makkah with a heavy cost of more than SR 15 million. It contains some precious photographs, given as a gift by the late Crown Prince Sultan. Today it is being visited by 10,000 visitors who visit the Museum daily especially in Hajj time.
Containments of the Museum
This Museum encompasses 300 artifacts and inscriptions from the Masjid ul Haram (Grand Mosque) and Masjid e Nabwi (SAW). This Museum has seven sections:
- Entrance Hall
The Museum starts with the large Entrance Hall, which features the old and New glass models of the Two Holy Mosques.
- Hall of Kaaba
What an interesting part to me was the drape of Kaaba Kiswah (black covering of the Kaaba), the old door of Kaaba, different Kiswah manufacturing machines and other collectibles.
Hall of Photography
Here it comes my favorite section with the rare photographs of the Two Holy Mosques. If you closely view the Kaaba pictures, the Hajar e Aswad and the Multazam area near the Kaaba door are shown.
The Hajar e Aswad is the Black stone ascended from Heaven by the Allah Almighty. It is placed in the Eastern corner of the Kaaba. This Black Heavenly stone marks the beginning and end of the Tawaf (circulation around the Cube-shaped glorious Kaaba). I think that for some people like me, the reverent view of the Museum pictures of Kaaba and its holy components were as good as touching the real ones.
- Hall of Manuscripts
This Hall contains a beautiful copy of the Holy Quran which belongs to the Prophet (SAW)’s son-in- Law named Saidina Othman Affan.
- Hall of ZamZam
This is the Zam Zam section with the old railings of the Zam Zam well with a brass-made bucket which dates back 1299H (1882) used to draw water. The religious and the health significance of the Zam Zam water is inevitable in our Islamic history. It is the spiritual water body elicited by Allah Almighty to quench the thirst of the Prophet baby Ismail ( A.S). The water well gets its name Zam Zam from the words of Ismail’s mother Hajara. She ordered the miraculous water to stop.
In this section, you would also find the old and new inscriptions and photographs of the old and new well of Zam Zam.
Hall of Grand Mosque
Here you would find the artifacts and precious inscriptions written specially in the Holy Mosques.
- Hall of the Masjid e Nabwi (SAW)
This is an important section of the Museum. It is the Hall of Masjid e Nabwi (SAW) which is known as the Prophet (SAW)’s mosque. Here you would find several artifacts on display that include a door from the reign of Saudi Arabia’s first ruler King Abdul Aziz. The crescent of the main minaret of the Prophet (SAW)’s Mosque belonging to the early 14th century and the door to the Ottoman pulpit in the Prophet (SAW)’s Masjid.
Some Other Artifacts
Within those sections, I saw some other notable artifacts which include the case or an old covering used to cover the Maqam e, Ibrahim. This old precious cover was replaced in the reign of King Fahad. I also beheld the intricately carved gypsum window of the Prophet (SAW)’s Mosque from the first Saudi extension.
During Hajj, it remains open all day. However, I paid for my visit at noon. Makkah Museum was opened from 8 am to 2:30 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm. However, it is advised to ask the Museum’s visiting time when you intend to visit. There to see the preciousness of our spiritual Ibadah places.
Fantabulous Learning Experience
It was a fantabulous learning experience for me. The Museum visitation provides you with an ample opportunity to learn about the Arab endeavor to preserve the immensely reverent and precious religious belongings. This visitation truly enhanced my Islamic education of the spiritual itineraries of Hajj and Umrah.