In the Past, the pilgrims would travel on camel’s back to Madinah. The Ministry of Haj and Umrah is keen to provide the same opportunity to the pilgrims.
The Royal Commission for Makkah and the Holy Sites have collaborated with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to make this possible. Different points, as many as 27, have been set up under the project. These points would be along the Hijra road and will include hotels, rest houses, museums and more.
Visit Madinah using the same route which Prophet Muhammad used
They are in a phase of finalizing this project where the pilgrims, visitors, citizens and residents of the Kingdom would be able to travel on a camel by the same route which was undertaken by the Prophet PBUH during migration in 622 AD.
The starting point of the Journey
According to the project layout, the travelers will be able to use the same route as that of the Holy Prophet PBUH from the Road to Thaniyat Al-Wada. This location is basically a plateau near Madinah. The pilgrims would be able to initiate their journey from Thor Cave, which is a cave on the Mount of Thor.
It is the very Mountain where the Prophet PBUH along with his companion, Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A hid for 3 days before starting their journey towards Madinah (at that time famously known as Yathrib).
The first stop – Umm Maabad
The pilgrims would get the opportunity to stop next at the very location where the tent of Umm Maabad was located and from where Prophet PBUH drank the milk of her sheep. Umm Maabad would be very generous towards the visitors and the pilgrims. She would offer them food and milk.
However, the year the Prophet PBUH migrated was a year of drought. The rain had been scarce and it made it impossible for Umm Maabad to present food and milk to the visitors and the pilgrims.
Nevertheless, when the Prophet PBUH reached there and rubbed the udders of Umm Maabad’s animal, milk from sheep started to flow in plenty. All of the visitors were able to drink to their fullest and this is one of the well-stated miracles that were bestowed on the Prophet PBUH.
The meeting point with Suraqa Bin Malik
The pilgrims, in the form of caravans, will then go through the very place where the Prophet PBUH encountered Suraqa Bin Malik. Suraqa was in hope of winning the reward that the Quraish had placed on the Prophet’s head. He was able to locate the Prophet PBUH but was unable to even place a scratch on the Prophet PBUH.
The caravan will then reach the place where the tumbled down. The camel then took the route that was short and was defined to the Prophet by the by the Bedouin guide named Masoud Al-Aslami. The caravan will finally stop at the Thaniyat Al-Wada.
According to the ministry, the camel ride is not the “only option”. Pilgrims would be also given the option of 4-wheel drive vehicles, fire balloons, and motorbikes.
Source: Saudi Gazette