The blissful city of Makkah is undoubtedly the holiest and most respectable place on the surface of earth for the Muslims. It abodes the Qibla which is that point towards which Muslims from all over the world turn to offer their prayers five times a day. World’s largest mosque, Masjid Al-Haraam is also situated in the city of Makkah which is spacious enough to accommodate up to 4 million Muslims in it during the season of Hajj.
Every year, thousands of Muslims from every nook of the world visit the Holy cities of Makkah and Medina for the pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah which makes it the largest religious tourist city and also results in a major add on to the economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The magnitude of the sacredness of Makkah can be well anticipated from the fact that it is the birth place of our dearly Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and also houses the most blessed building of Ka’aba. It is the same city where Allah’s apostle (PBUH) spent several years of his life and also received his first divine revelation from Allah Almighty.
However the religious implication of Makkah was recognized far before the time of holy Prophet (PBUH). It is the place where Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) left his wife Hazrat Hajrah (AS) along with his infant son Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) upon receiving the indication from Allah and later the miraculous incident of the holy water of Zam-zam occurred. Makkah is the consecrated city where Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) commenced the foundation to build the house of Allah with the help of his son.
Makkah and Medina are the only cities in the whole world that are made inaccessible for any non-Muslim. No non-believer can cross the boundaries of Makkah and Medina for any purpose. The intention behind this is to protect the sanctity of these cities. It is mentioned in Quran as: “Oh you who believe! Truly the idolaters are unclean; so let them not, after this year, approach the Sacred Mosque… ” (9:28)
The sanctity of Makkah has been continuing from the time immemorial. The Quran only added to its ancient glory and respect. Allah says:
“For me I have commanded to serve the Lord of this City, Him, Who has sanctified it and to whom (belong) all things; and I am commanded to be one of those who bow in Islam to Allah’s Will.” (An-Namal 27:91)