Jabal Al Nour

Mountain in Mecca

The 640m-tall Jabal Al Nour is the location of the tiny Hira cave and one of the most important pilgrimage sites. According to Islamic tradition, it was here that the archangel Gabriel gave the Prophet his first revelation. Although the mountain is actually a hill, reaching the cave entails a difficult hike that takes even the fittest hiker as much as two hours. Temperatures can reach 45°C and extreme caution should be exercised before making the climb.

You'll find Jabal Al Nour east of Al Hajj Rd and north of King Faisal Rd.