Miqat (Arabic: ميقات ) is an Arabic word which means, “A stated place”. There are 6 Miqat points or station. If you intend to go for Hajj or Umrah then you must be in a state of Irham before crossing the Miqat.
The deeper hidden meaning other than stated place is the intention and purity of the soul when making the journey. From the point of the Miqat onwards a person should have full intention of performing the pilgrimage and at this point his\her state of mind should be in deep contemplation of his\her undertaking. The Miqat therefore has a profound meaning.
By looking at the positions of the five original Miqats you cannot help but think that they are actually a very long way from the Al Haram. People debate when to wear the Irham, nobody likes to change in the plane’s restroom. It is not quite the thing to wear at JFK or Heathrow in mid November. That said the journey is still very easy these days. When debating the topic let us all spare a thought for those before us who made the journey on Camel, horse and foot and probably faced a 15 hour journey from the Miqat to the Kabbah.
Has anyone done the journey to Makkah overland? What were your experiences?
P.S. The sixth Miqat which is in Makkah was added later. I have been trying to find out when, no luck so far but will blog about it when I do find out.