Welcome to Medina
Hajj pilgrims usually visit the city as part of their itinerary, since Medina is Saudi Arabia’s second holy city, where the Prophet Muhammad made his home following his exile from Mecca. The sprawling Prophet’s Mosque, on the site of the Prophet's home, and the Quba Mosque, believed to be the oldest mosque in the world, are must-sees for pilgrims.
If visitors are lucky enough to have family or friends living in Medina during Eid, their hosts will drive to the edge of the western portion of the city to purchase a lamb, have it slaughtered according to Islamic tradition and serve it barbecued on a single bed of rice on a huge platter. Supper is eaten Arabian style on the floor late in the evening.