اعلان الهيدر

Religious tourism in Saudi Arabia Religious tourism is its most important pillar, as it is the cradle of the Islamic religion, which makes it a tourist attraction, as the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque visit millions of Muslims to perform the Hajj and Umrah rituals. Tourism is receiving increasing support from the Saudi government, represented by the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage

Destinations of religious tourism in Saudi Arabia

The Grand Mosque in Makkah

The Grand Mosque in Islam considered the greatest mosque in Islam and the first of the two qiblahs is located in the heart of the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah

As it is in the middle of the honorable camp, which is the first house placed for people on the face of the earth to worship their Creator according to the Islamic belief. The features distinguish it from other sanctities, including: Multiplying good deeds, reward and reward, since a prayer in it is equivalent to a hundred thousand prayers other than others

 According to the words of the Prophet Muhammad may God bless him and grant him peace Do not travel except to three mosques

 The Grand Mosque, and my two mosques the Prophet's Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque The Grand Mosque is located in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, and it is intended by the Kaaba and its surrounding areas and yards equipped for prayer, and the mosque includes all the expansions that it has undergone throughout history, in the heart of Wadi Ibrahim

 peace be upon him, and the height of the mosque is two hundred seventy-seven meters above the sea level, and it is called The Grand Mosque has many names, including: The Old House, the Bait Al Maamour, the Sacred House, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Haram, the Kaaba, and other names

The Prophet's Mosque in Medina

The Prophet's Mosque or the Prophet's Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Islam and the second of the two qiblahs after the Grand Mosque in Makkah Al-Mukarramah

 It was built by the Prophet Muhammad may God bless him and grant him peace - after his migration to Medina in the year 1 AH corresponding to 633 AD after he built the Quba Mosque.

The mosque went through several expansions throughout history, starting with the era of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and then the Umayyad state

 Where Caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz included the tomb of the Prophet - may God bless him and grant him peace - and his companions to the mosque

 Finally, its largest expansion took place in 1994 under the supervision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 As it served as a social center, court, and religious school. It also held many war talks, planning the Islamic State and organizing its economic and social affairs during the time of the God bless him and grant him peace

 It often visited by pilgrims and Umrah performers after performing the rituals of Hajj

 And Umrah, as it is indispensable to pray in the Green Garden inside the Prophet’s Mosque because of its great reward

Quba Mosque in Medina

The Quba Mosque is the first mosque built in Islam and the largest mosque in Medina after the Prophet’s Mosque, as it has great merit

 The Muslims were interested in expanding it, for it renewed by Caliph Othman bin Affan, then Omar bin Abdulaziz, and the caliphs continued after him to expand

And the mosque of the Quba Mosque reached 13,500 square meters with 4 minarets, and housing for imams, muezzins and a library will be attached to it, as it will accommodate 20 thousand Chaplain

The Holy Kaaba in Makkah

The Holy Kaaba considered the qibla of Muslims in prayer and Hajj, and it is the first house that placed for people on the face of the earth according to the Islamic belief. That the people permitted to perform the pilgrimage to it, because God Almighty

And as Abraham lifted the staples from the house, and Ishmael our Lord, you accept from us. The Kaaba has been restored and rebuilt several times throughout history Quraysh restored it in the pre-Islamic era, then Abdullah bin Al-Zubair, as well as Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf Al-Thaqafi

 The Holy Kaaba distinguished by its cubic shape, high construction with a height of 15 meters and the length of the side with which its door is about 12 meters, as well as the one opposite it. As for the side with the gutter and opposite it, their length is about 10 

Al-Qiblatain Mosque in Medina

This is the place that God Almighty commanded His Prophet Muhammad - may God bless him and grant him peace to change the direction of the Holy Kaaba

And this mosque dates back to 623 AD and has been restored and renewed several times throughout history

Mount Arafa

Mount Arafa located on the road between Makkah and Taif, 22 km from Makkah and its importance stems from the pilgrims performing one of the rituals of Hajj with him on the day of Arafah on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah which precedes the Day of Sacrifice

And it is said that Mount Arafa is the place where Adam and Eve descended from Heaven to Earth. Mount Arafah reaches a height of 300 meters and surrounded by an arc of mountains. It also has many names, the most important of which are Jabal al-Rahma, Jabal al-Thabit and Jebel Elal

Al-Rahma Mosque in Jeddah

Al-Rahma Mosque located on the Corniche of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast and is distinguished by that it appears floating on the sea at high tide

 And it was designed in the traditional Islamic architectural style with modern decors with a white shiny minaret with a turquoise dome, the ceiling is decorated with inscriptions, and a number of windows at ground level provide a panoramic

View On the sea, which increases the feeling of the worshipers of the feeling that the mosque is floating on the sea

Income of religious tourism in Saudi Arabia

Hajj and Umrah together add $ 12 billion to Saudi Arabia's GDP annually, which is roughly 20% of the country's non-oil GDP and 7% of GDP, and the Saudi government has shown ambitious plans to increase Hajj revenues to 150 billion

 Dollars by the year 2022 through an increase in the number of pilgrims and Umrah performers, and the increase in the number of accommodation in its hotels near religious landmarks

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