We’ve all heard of Mecca, “the trip to Mecca”, “it’s like going to Mecca” and phrases like that, but perhaps very few of us have met someone who has gone there.
And it is that Mecca is only for Muslims so if it is not Islam your religion you can never turn the phrase into fact. Saving the distances, travelling to Mecca is truly a unique, unrepeatable and unforgettable pilgrimage so let’s see what it is about.
Each country has a specific number of pilgrimage visas assigned. This number considers the number of Muslims living in that country and of course, it also depends on the number of travellers who request it over the months. The idea is that there are not millions of people over because it could be chaotic.
The Main Requirement for Getting Visa for Hajj:
To visit the sacred sites you have to be Muslim, born or converted. But if this is the second case, this must be clarified in the Hajj visa application and authorisation from the Islamic centre that has intervened in its Muslim formation and the corresponding conversion certificate must also be submitted.
How To Make Easy Journey To Hajj:
- The first step is to get all the documents and papers done along with all stamps and signatures from the Saudi Embassy.
- The next step is to get the fastest way by plane to Jeddah. This city has an international airport that is only used for the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. It is on the shores of the Red Sea, west of the country, and is its second city with more inhabitants.
- From Jeddah, Mecca or Medina is a few hours away. Make quick access to the location by car, by the highway. The bus company is SAPTCO but you will also see many charter buses.
- Get done with the payment to a special agent, called Mutawwif, who takes care of accommodation, transportation, guide and other assistance in Mecca.
- From Tabuk, one can continue travelling to Medina, the city visited by the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca in 622 after the rejection of his activities. Here the foundations of Islam were laid and that is where Muhammad’s grave is. While Medina is the city of Muhammad, Mecca is the city of Allah.
- The entrance to Medina is very controlled because as a sacred site infidels cannot enter. There are many controls all the time. After the obligatory visits, the pilgrims usually take a long-distance taxi to reach Mecca, crossing the desert.
- As much control as possible, it is difficult to prevent a stampede, both around the Kaaba, the famous black cube, and on the road, over the old and new bridges. So it is always better to protect yourself from falling into tragedy by taking the right precautions.
- Millions of people move from one sacred site to another, like a dense human tide that departs from Muzdalifah to Mina, about three kilometres away, to see where Muhammad humiliated Satan. Sometimes the tide flows, sometimes it looks like life itself.
If you are a first timer Hajj performer, you should book Hajj packages from Al Haramain Hajj and Umrah Tours for an easy and friendly journey.