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Exploring the Majestic Mountain Ranges Around Makkah: A Comprehensive Guide

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Makkah, a city amidst the desert valleys of Saudi Arabia, is a city unlike any other.

Being one of the most renowned cities globally, Makkah has witnessed numerous key historical events throughout time. The biggest of which is the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the rise of Islam. 

The Holy Kaaba attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe, whether for the annual pilgrimage of Hajj or the minor pilgrimages of Umrah.

These mountains of religious and historical importance around Makkah serve as tourist sites for pilgrims and tourists. 

Most notable of these rocky grey mountains are these seven:

  • The Thawr mountain
  • Jabal Omar 
  • Jabal Al Noor
  • The Thabir mountain 
  • Jabal Khandama 
  • Abu Qubais mountain
  • Quaiqian mountain

The Thawr Mountain

The Thawr Mountain, also known as Jabal Thawr (translates to “mount of the bull”). It is located around four kilometers outside of Makkah. In some sources, this seven hundred and sixty meters tall mountain has also been referred to as Thawr Athal.

This mountain holds immense religious importance for Muslims. During the migration from Makkah to Madinah, The Prophet (PBUH) and his companion Abu Bakr hid from the Quraysh.

They took shelter in one of the caves of the mountain. It is a 3 feet wide cave on the mountain’s northwest side.

The cave sheltered the Prophet and his companion for three days. A spider spun a web on the cave’s entrance.

The enemy was unable to find out the Prophet’s whereabouts. A pair of doves made a nest and laid eggs to keep up the impression that no one had passed from here.

Furthermore, during this 3-day stay at the cave of Thawr, Abu Bakr got bitten by a snake while he was protecting the Prophet, who was asleep at the time.

The Prophet woke up because one of Abu Bakr’s tears, caused by pain, fell on his face. In response, The Prophet put his saliva on the wound, which miraculously healed. This event symbolizes devotion, faith, and hope for Muslims. 

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The Jabal Omar

The Jabal Omar mountain is located six hundred meters north of the holy mosque. Over time, this mountain became a center of suburban neighborhoods with little to no facilities. 

However, the Jabal Omar Project has now replaced the once-grey mountain. A developmental project consists of luxury hotels and apartments with a truly captivating view of the Kaaba.

Jabal Al Noor

Jabal Al Noor literally translates to “The Mountain of Light” and is situated on the outskirts of Makkah.

Its rocky elevation of almost 650 meters is prominent from a considerable distance. Besides providing an enchanting view of the Holy Mosque and all of Makkah from its summit, Jabal Al Noor attracts pilgrims for one more gigantic reason.

Ghaar e Hira, or the Cave of Hira, is located on this mountain. During the early years of his life, the Prophet used to go to the cave to meditate.

However, its most important is that it’s the birthplace of Islam.