While Islamic art and architecture are both popular for their beauty and attention to detail, there are some Islamic landmarks around the world that are significant due to their historic importance and roles.
Today we’re going to be listing 10 of these Islamic landmarks every Muslim (and even non-Muslims) should see once in their lifetime.
#1. The Ka’bah (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)
Also known as the House of Allah, this is the principal place of worship for Muslims. It is also the point of direction to which Muslims around the world pray towards. Frequented by pilgrims every year in the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the Ka’bah itself is surrounded by the Masjid al-Haram, Islam’s holiest mosque.
#2. Al Aqsa Mosque (Palestine)
Al Aqsa Mosque, also known as the Temple Mount is of huge religious significance in both Islam and Judaism. It is considered by Sunni Muslims to be the place where Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and received instructions from God regarding prayers.
#3. Karbala (Iraq)
A city in Iraq, Karbala is another one of the most important sites in Islam, mainly on account of the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD and the martyrdom of Hussayn ibn Ali. The place is considered sacred by Muslims, especially the Shia sect.
#4. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Medina, Saudi Arabia)
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi or the Prophet’s Mosque is one of the most prominent mosque’s in Islamic history and was built by the last prophet of Allah, Muhammad P.B.U.H himself. It is significant on many accounts, including being the second mosque of Islamic tradition and is considered to be the religion’s second most holy site after the Masjid al-Haram.
#5. Site of the Battle of Badr (Saudi Arabia)
This is the site where the first battle in Islam took place between the Prophet (Pbuh), about 300 sahabahs and a Quraishi army of 1000. With the help of Allah the Muslims emerged victorious against all odds.
#6. Mada’in Saleh (Saudi Arabia)
Although a Pre-Islamic site in Madinah, the Mada’in Saleh is the place where the tribe of Thamud lived. Their tragic end for rejecting the teachings of the Prophet Saleh is one of the well-known stories of Islam; however, they were also known for being able to make beautiful homes in the mountains.
#7. Negash (Ethiopia)
A mosque in Ethiopia, (which was called Abyssinia at the time), it is said to have been built in the area where King Negus resided during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad. The king gave refuge to sahabahs fleeing persecution who were sent there by the Prophet himself.
#8. Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem)
Believed to be the place where Jesus was crucified, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the holiest sites in Christianity as well as Islam.
#9. Hajar Al-aswad (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)
A site for one of the rituals of Hajj, the Black stone is part of the Ka’bah. Notable personalities in Islamic history including the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) have blessed it with kisses and this ritual continues to this day.
#10. Jamarat (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)
One of the mandatory rituals of Hajj is the stoning of the three stone pillars otherwise known as Jamarat. They symbolize the three different places the Prophet Ibrahim threw stones at the devil, who was trying to convince him not to sacrifice his son Ismail contrary to Allah’s instructions.
#11. Jabal Hira (The mountain of Hira, Makkah)
Also known as the Mountain of Light, this is where the Prophet Muhammad received the initial Quranic revelations during the month of Ramadan in 610 CE. It is located within a short distance from the Ka’bah.
Now that you know about some of the most important places and historic landmarks of Islamic history you should research them further to learn more. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment below and ask us.