Kabe-Kaaba-Majnun Taken by his Father to the Ka'bah-1431

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Mohammed flying over Mecca during the miraj, his ascent to heaven. Turkey, early 17th century. From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Mohammed praying at the Kaaba in Mecca. From the Siyer-i Nebi, a Turkish epic about Mohammed written by Mustafa, son of Yusef of Erzurum; original manuscript completed in 1388 A.

Futuh al-Haramayn (Description of the Holy Cities)

The Futuh al-Haramayn, a guidebook to the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina written by Muhi al-din Lari, instructs Muslim pilgrims on the rituals of the hajj and lists the religious sites they can visit

Futuh al-Haramayn (Description of the Holy Cities)

The Futuh al-Haramayn, a guidebook to the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina written by Muhi al-din Lari, instructs Muslim pilgrims on the rituals of the hajj and lists the religious sites they can visit

View of the sanctuary at Medina, 17th or 18th century, opaque watercolour, gold, silver and ink on paper, 65 x 46.5 cm, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art © Nour Foundation. Courtesy of the Khalili Family Trust.

After Mecca, Medina is the second holiest site in Islam. Medina is known in Arabic as al-Madina al-Munawarra (the Illuminated City). The Prophet built the first mosque at Medina and for Muslims this is the second holiest site in Islam.

Kaaba-Kabe

Kaaba-Kabe

The Holiest Shrines of Islam: Mecca and Medina by Asian Curator at The San Diego Museum of Art on Flickr.  Opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Andhra Pradesh, India, ca. 1660.

The Holiest Shrines of Islam: Mecca and Medina by Asian Curator at The San Diego Museum of Art on Flickr. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Andhra Pradesh, India, ca. 1660.

Iran / Persia: A map or diagram showing the Ka'ba or Kaaba at the heart of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. From a 16th century Persian manuscript of poetry by Lari Mohyi (1527)

Iran / Persia: A map or diagram showing the Ka'ba or Kaaba at the heart of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. From a century Persian manuscript of poetry by Lari Mohyi

A HAJJ MAP OF MECCA AND MEDINA, PROBABLY SOUTH INDIA, DATED 1263 AH/1846 AD

A HAJJ MAP OF MECCA AND MEDINA, PROBABLY SOUTH INDIA, DATED 1263 AH/1846 AD

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