Makkah has been mentioned in the Holy Quran. However, Muslims do wonder if Mecca is mentioned in the Bible too.
Someone asked Dr. Zakir Naik, a renowned Islamic scholar and preacher if there is a mention of the city of Mecca in the Bible. To our surprise, his answer was YES.
Mecca is mentioned in the Bible
Accordingly, in the book of Psalms, chapter number 84, verses 4-7, there is a mention of Makkah. However, it is mentioned as Bakkah. The verse claims that blessed people travel to the valley of Bakkah.
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.” – Psalms, chapter number 84, verse numbers 4-7
Bakkah is the Old name of Mecca
Bakkah is another, or you might say the old name for Makkah. The proof is in the Holy Quran itself. If you follow verse number 96 of Surah Al Imran, you will find the verse claiming that the first place of worship was Bakkah.
Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Bakkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. – Quran 3:96
So yes, there is a mention of Mecca in the bible. At that time, too, Makkah was a sacred place, and people visiting it were considered blessed.
If you read Islamic scripture, you find out that the Hajj is a Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام, and people used to do it even before the birth of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Non-believers of Makkah had been welcoming pilgrims of Hajj for around 2,000 years before the birth of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.