Cave of Hira

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Pilgrims flock the entrance to the cave of Hira.

The Cave of Hira (Arabic: غار حراء) is a cave situated at the top of Jabal al-Noor, about 3.2 km away from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on its outskirts. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to spend much of his time in this cave, meditating and pondering deeply about nature and the vestiges of God's All-Embracing Compassion.[1] It was in this cave that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) received his first revelation from God, through the archangel Gabriel.

The Saudi religious authorities have placed large boards near the mountain to discourage pilgrims from climbing up.


The cave itself is roughly 12 feet in length and 5 feet 3 inches in width. During the Hajj season, approximately 5,000 pilgrims visit the site every day,[2] despite discouragement by the Saudi authorities. The Wahhabi school of thought (which Saudi Arabia abides by) deems climbing the mountain and praying in the cave (and other similar actions) as forbidden innovations. Nevertheless, pilgrims from around the world visit the cave due to its significance in Islamic history.

Due to the natural positioning of the cave, a person praying in it would naturally be facing the Qibla, which is directed towards the Holy Ka'ba, the direction in which all Muslims pray towards in their daily prayers.

External Links


  1. A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet of Islam, by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers
  2. Saudi Tourism
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