Medina (Madinah) is the holiest city of Islam second to Mecca. Also referred to as the ‘City of The Prophet’, it is located in the Hejrah province of Saudi Arabia. Medina forms part of the holy Hajj pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad chose to settle down in Medina after he was driven out of Mecca. It is here that he inspired his followers and delivered his teachings for a few years.
Medina is home to three important mosques: The Mosque of The Prophet, the Quba Mosque and The Masjid al-Qiblatain. The Mosque of The Prophet houses the burial place of The Prophet Muhammad. The Quba Mosque was the first mosque built.
Although Non-Muslims are restricted from entering Central Medina, the outskirts of the city are open to all. Some of the few tourist attractions around Medina include Mount Uhud (where the great battle was fought), Madina Media Museum (housing historic scriptures) and Madain Saleh Tombs.
Despite the fact that it is a very religious city, Medina has a lot to offer. It is full of local shops, great cuisine and beautiful architecture.
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