Islamic Pilgrimage

To a Muslim, a visit to Jerusalem and to the Maqamat of the prophets is a sacred task. whether you are in need of a visa or are coming on an extension on your Hajj to  maqamat in Jordan or your Hajj to Mekka, we will be able to provide you with the services you need. you can also expand your visit to include

various Ottoman and Islamic sanctuaries or learn about the contemporary realities facing local Muslims.

 

Thursday – الْخَمِيْس Al Khamees: Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport or border crossing, and after completing formalities you will be welcomed by your guide and driver with sweets and refreshments and continue to the magnificent Hisham's Palace – one of the most well-preserved palaces of the Ummayad Era in Palestine. Visit the site of Nabi Musa, where a medieval tradition places the tomb of Nabi Musa. Continue to Jerusalem "Al Quds" and arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Friday – الْجُمُعَة Al Jum’a: Friday Prayer
During the first part of the day join the holy prayer at Al-Aqsa and participate in the Khutba. After a guided and learning tour of the Haram esh-Sharif, continue through the Suq to the Church of the holy Sepulchure. We shall also visit the Mosque of Omar, situated just outside the church. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to see some of the archaeological excavations made there, such as the Roman Cardo, and then, if open to visitors, visit King David's tomb – a place holy for Muslims, Jews and Christians. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Saturday – الْسَّبْت Al Sabt: Jerusalem
In the morning, visit different Mosques on at the Mt. of Olives and admire the grandness of the city with the Dome of the Rock at its center. Continue along the marble-memorial of Mujir-e-Din al Hanbaly, a medieval philosopher, located just above the Tomb of Mary by the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue to visit Maqam El-Nebi Samuel. There is a wide view towards the Holy City, Jerusalem, and towards the Mediterranean Sea from this historic place. Possible hike in the to visit the Tomb of Salman el Farsi, who was the Barber of the Prophet Mohammed. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Sunday الَأَحَّد Al A’ad: Hebron
A visit to Al Haram Al Ibrahimi in Hebron. As the burial site of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their spouses where we will also pray at this site. Continue to Bethlehem and visit the site where Al-Nabi Issa was born and walk through the old city of Bethlehem before returning to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Monday – الِاثْنَيْن Al Ithnayn: Northern Palestine
Depart to the ancient port city of Jaffa, through which the Cedar trees for Salomon's Temple were transported. Today, Jaffa's ancient and modern mix Continues to attract visitors. We pass through the city of Tel Aviv and visit maqam Ali, located on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A 13th century Mamluk structure, it was built to honor one of Saladin's Lieutenants. Continue along the shores of the Mediterranean to the ancient city of Acre. Visit the Turkish Bath and continue to Al Jazzar Mosque. Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Tuesday – الثُّلَاثَاء Al Thulatha’ – Tiberias
Visit the Tiberias Hot Springs, used as a place for therapy since the Roman Era still active.  Continue to Banias, an ancient Greco-Roman city on one of the outlets to the Jordan River and a Nature Reserve. Continue to Nazareth for a visit before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday – الْأَرْبِعَاء Al Arbia’: Departure
Depart at your leisure to the airport or border crossing.

 

Islamic Sites in the Holy Land

Al-Aqsa Mosque - Jerusalem
Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa in Arabic literally means "the Farthest Mosque". It was the first Qibla (the direction to which Muslims face while praying). Al Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and dominates the north-eastern part of the Old City. It was first built out of wood and only after years it was rebuilt out of stone. Its original construction date is unknown but estimated at 1,500 years, but the current structure as it appears today was constructed around 1035AD.

Entrance restrictions
Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the Temple Mount through the Bab Al-Maghariba (Dung Gate), reached through a covered walkway from the Western Wall plaza, during restricted hours. These are usually 7.30-10am and 1.30-2.30pm (closed Fridays and on religious holidays), but restrictions can change without prior notice. Modest dress is required.

Dome of the Rock - Jerusalem
The Dome of the Rock enshrines the rock from which Muḥammad is said to have ascended to heaven. It is a 7th-century edifice built on a over the rock of Mt. Moriah more than 1300 years ago by the Muslim Umayyad Caliph Abdul Malek bin Marwan, the shrine was completed in 691 AD, 6 years after building commenced.

Entrance restrictions
Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the Temple Mount through the Bab Al-Maghariba (Dung Gate), reached through a covered walkway from the Western Wall plaza, during restricted hours. These are usually 7.30-10am and 1.30-2.30pm (closed Fridays and on religious holidays), but restrictions can change without prior notice. Modest dress is required.

Abu Bakr Mosque - Jerusalem
The mosque is located next to the steps leading to the Coptic Church in Khan Az-Zait, Old City. This mosque was constructed in on the ruins of another mosque by the same name whose building was damaged in the earthquake that hit Jerusalem in 1926. The Old Mosque is now used as a storage room for commercial goods.
Prayers are still held in the mosque daily (except for salat Fajer).

The Mosque of Omar - Jerusalem
 Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem lies across the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After the Siege of Jerusalem,  Patriarch Sophronius refused to surrender except to the Caliph Omar Ibn Al Khattab. Omar then visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Sophronius invited him to pray inside the Church, but declining so as not to set a precedent and instead he prayed outside in the courtyard. Hence the Mosque of Omar was built in its current shape by the Ayyubid Sultan al-Afdal bin Saladin in 1193 CE.

Nebi Samwil  - Jerusalem
Nebi Samwil is a Palestinian village of nearly 220 inhabitants in the West Bank, within the Jerusalem Governorate, located four kilometers north of Jerusalem. The village consists of a few houses and in addition to serving worshipers, its mosque acts as a prominent landmark. Nabi Samwil is situated atop of a mountain, 890 meters above sea level

El-Bahar Mosque – Jaffa/Tel Aviv
Referred to as the first Muslim Prayer house in Ottoman writings, and located in the ancient port city of Jaffa. The El-Bahar (Sea) or El-Mina (Port) Mosque was formerly known as the Sanan Pasha Mosque. The Mosque is believed to have been built in the late 16th century.

The Hassan Bek Mosque – Jaffa/Tel Aviv
A marvelous building which was built at the end of the Ottoman era in 1916 in the Manshiye neighborhood that stands on the border between Jaffa and Tel Aviv. The current minaret of the Hassan Bek Mosque replaced the original one which collapsed in 1983. The Hassan Bek Mosque is named after Hassan Bek, who was Jaffa's governor during World War I.
Mahmoudiya Mosque – Jaffa/Tel Aviv
As the largest Mosque in Jaffa it carries the name of the governor of Jaffa Mohamed Abo Nabot . The mosque was built over an ancient mosque and was rebuilt by Abo Nabot between 1812-1814. The mosque went through many renovations throughout the year.

Jezzar Pasha Mosque - Acre
Also known as the white mosque, and as the most important and elaborate Mosque in Acre, it is the second largenst in the Holy Land. Its named after the ruler of the northern part of the country under Ottoman rule towards the end of the eighteenth century who was nicknamed al Jezzar or the “Butcher".  To build the Mosque, al-Jazzar brought specialists from Greece and Cyprus and used parts of the ancient structures of Caesarea and Atlit.

El-Zeituna Mosque - Acre
Located in the center of ancient Acre, it was built during the 18th century and stands on the remains of St. merrian church located at the site during the crusades.  Its name is probably derived from a tradition of the olive trees that were once planted in its courtyard.

Al-Majadalah Mosque - Acre
The mosque is named after the village of Majdal, many of whose residents moved to Acre. It was built in 1809 by Ali Aga of the Mamluk Era. The mosque is located slightly east of Ali Aga's house. In 1810, the minaret was added completing its construction.

El-Mualek Mosque - Acre
The Mosque was built in 1758 and stands on the site of an ancient synagogue in Acre . El-Mualek Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Tahar el-Omar, is located slightly north of Khan al-Umdan.  You can still see features of the synagogue such as parts of the Ark and inscriptions in Hebrew.

El-Ramal Mosque - Acre
This is the second mosque built in Acre in 1702 to accommodate the city's growing Muslim population who did not live near the first Mosque. When it was first built it also housed the Al-Shabi bathhouse, a coffee house, storerooms, shops and other structures.

The White Mosque – Nazareth
As a most ancient mosque it is also an important cultural-religious center in the city. The name of the Mosque is symbolizes its purity, transparency and simplicity. In addition to being a place of worship it also organizes educational and cultural activities. The first part of the Mosque was built in 1785 during the times of Acre governor al-Jazzar.

Shrine of al-Sheikh Amer - Nazareth
A holy grave named after Sheikh Amer al-Din, the nephew of Salah Al Din. The structure was built in 1911 by Hussein al-Bazza who was the Turkish minister in Nazareth at the time. It is said that Sheikh Amer fought with his uncle Salah al-Din against the Crusaders and was buried in Nazareth.

Shrine of Shihab e-Din - Nazareth
A holy grave is made of a square room with a green dome. According to local tradition, Shihab e-Din was the nephew of Salah al-Din, who fought with him against the Crusaders in Hittin where he was injured, then died and buried in Nazareth. The place is serving as a mosque today and located opposite Khan al-Basha.

Mosque of Omar - Bethlehem
Located in nativity square, it is the oldest mosque in Bethlehem and is named after Omar Ibn al-Khattab. After he had traveled to Bethlehem in 637 CE to issue a law that would guarantee respect for the shrine and safety for Christians and clergy.  Only four years after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Omar reportedly prayed at the location of the mosque. The mosque was constructed in 1860 on land donated by the Greek Orthodox Church.

Al-Amari Mosque - Tiberias
Located in Tiberias and built by Daher al-Omar during the Ottoman period around 1760, the mosque is abandoned and generally thought that its construction was partly paid for by the town's Palestinian Jewish community, to show gratuity to the sheikh for permitting them to return

Mahmood Mosque - Haifa
Located in Haifa, the Mosque was built by and continues to be subsidized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The neighborhood's first mosque on Mount Carmel was built in 1931, and a larger grand mosque in the 1970s. The grand mosque has two white minaretes standing 35 meters tall. The mosque has been members of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Hisham’s Palace – Jericho
A marvel of early Islamic architecture, the ruins of this impressive desert palace is located 3 km from the historical center of Jericho. Built as the country residence of the Caliph Hisham of the Umayyad period, it is a complex of royal buildings, mosques, baths, and courts. There are also mosaic floors including the spectacular “Tree of Life” mosaic.

Al Haram Ibrahimi – Hebron
As the fourth holiest site in Islam, it is also a holy site to Christians and Jews. The site dominates the city of Hebron with its 1000-year old mosque enshrining the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the tombs of prophets Abraham, Isaac , Jacob ,and their wives.

Maqam Hasan Al Ra’i and Maqam Aisha – Judean Desert
The site includes two important tombs over which two small maqams have been built the larger one , about one kilometer west of Nabi Musa , is that of Hassan Al R’ai , The shepherd of Prophet Moses. The second tomb, to the southeast, of Aisha the wife of Prophet Mohammed.

Great Omari Mosque - Gaza
The Great Omari Mosque also known as the Great Mosque is the largest and oldest mosque in the Gaza. It is located in Gaza's old city and is believed to stand on the site of an ancient Philistine temple. The Mosque stands on the site of a 5th century Byzantine Church.

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