Ziyarath is a word of Arabic origin that means “to visit”. In the Islamic context, the word Ziyarath refers to travelling to the holy places present in Mecca and Medina after the performance of the holy pilgrimage. This is done solely for the purpose of learning about Islamic origin and history and has nothing to do with the minor pilgrimage itself. It is the availability of time for the pilgrims through their Umrah packages from UK because of which they opt for Ziyarath.

There are hundreds of sacred hills, mosques, graveyards, caves, etc. in Mecca and Medina that share a great association with the history of Islam. Pilgrims can travel there and learn about the different aspects and earn rewards at the same time.

Here’s a little guide for your Umrah Ziyarath in Mecca and Medina.

Book your Ziyarath travel in advance

If you are planning to go for the Ziyarath of the holy sites after the performance of minor pilgrimage, it is advised that you make arrangements for it beforehand. In this regard, hire all-inclusive Umrah packages that also support your Ziyarath travel services.

Since the list of places to visit for Ziyarath purposes is long, shortlist the ones that you necessarily want to go to and ask your travel agent to make arrangements for it. Alternatively, you can get on board for a Ziyarath journey arranged by the agency itself with the presence of an Imam as well to guide you throughout.

Nonetheless, prebook your Ziyarath travel before you arrive in the kingdom for the holy rituals in order to avoid any hassles later.

Opt for appropriate transportation means

If you are travelling alone then there’s no problem for you whether you travel in a bus, a coaster, a Hiace or a private car i.e., whatever is arranged by your travel agent. You can also compromise on travelling in large groups without any hassle.

On the other hand, if you are travelling with family then hiring private Ziyarath travel is the only option you are left with. The reason for it is that private transportation ensures the necessary privacy and comfort for the family.

Also read: 5 Apps for Umrah to Help You Make the Most

Prepare yourself
Before starting your Ziyarath journey, make sure that you are prepared for it as well.

  1. Gather all the snacks, drinks, etc. that you want to take along.
  2. Wear loose-fitting clothes that are weather appropriate.
  3. Never forget to carry a pair of sneakers along.
  4. Bring your own prayer mat and other supplies for praying there.
  5. Carry a water bottle/thermos along.
  6. Pack an umbrella, hiking stick and a hat (just in case).
  7. Keep your items in a backpack.
  8. Learn about the history and significance of all the Ziyarath sites through books or searching online.
  9. If you have any questions, ask from your Ziyarath travel guide (Imam).
  10. Lastly, never forget to bring a towel as well.

Make sure that enough time is available

If you wish to do Ziyarath of the holy sites after completing your Umrah rituals, make sure that you have enough time available for it on your visa.
Places to visit.

The prominent places to visit for Ziyarath in Mecca and Medina include;

  • Cave of Hira.
  • Masjid-e-Qiblatayn.
  • Mount Arafat.
  • Thawr cave.
  • Jannat-ul-Baqi.
  • Masjid-e-Jinn.
  • Mount Uhud.
  • Jannat-ul-Mualla.
  • Quba mosque.
  • Saqifah Garden, etc.

So, these are some of the things to consider for your Ziyarath in Mecca and Medina.