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Mecca, located in western Saudi Arabia, is the holiest city in Islam. It is strictly forbidden for non-Muslims to enter the city and this is strongly enforced. Over three million Muslims visit the city during the month of Dhu'l-Hijjah yearly to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj. Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca. The penalty is deportation from the country.

Most visitors to Mecca follow the set itinerary of the Hajj. Major sites include al-Masjid al-Haram, the holiest site in Mecca and Islam. This mosque is built around the Kaaba which is said to have been built by Prophet Abraham himself and his son, Prophet Ishmael. Mina is the site of the symbolic stoning of the Devil. Muzdalifah is the desert where the pilgrims spend the night. Hill of Arafat and Jabal Rahma are the sites of Prophet Muhammad's last sermon. Jabal Al Noor or the Mountain of Light is where the famous Her'aa grotto, where Muslims believe Muhammad first had the Quran revealed to him. Jabal Al Thur is the cave in which Prophet Muhammad hid in as he made Hijra to Yathrib (Medina) while being pursued by Meccans who were planning to harm him. According to legend, the cave entrance was blocked by a spider which had cast a web to cover it.

Masjid Taneem is a mosque which acts as a Miqat (boundary for Umrah) for people who have already just been in Makkah. Hudaibiyah is situated on the old road connecting old Jeddah to Makkah. It's currently known as al-Syumaisi. This is the place where the famous 'Hudaibiyah Treaty' took place between the Muslims from Madinah led by Prophet Muhammad and the Quraish from Makkah. There is new masjid built next to the ruins of the old masjid.

The Abraj Al Bait Towers and Makkah Mall are the places to visit if you're looking to spend some cash on souvenirs, dates, perfumes and clothes.

There are many types of food from all over the world available in Mecca, from the Middle Eastern Arab food to Southeast Asian food. There are also American fast food chains such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts.


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