Miqat Air Travel
Five of the Miqats were designated by the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). In the 7th century the area to the West of Makkah which is today’s thriving city of Jeddah was barren. There was no trade route out of Jeddah, as a result nobody entered Makkah from the west and no Miqat was designated at this point. The first five Miqats are all based on common routes into Makkah at the time.
The Miqat Locations are:
- Dhu’l-Hulayfah, serving pilgrims coming from Medina
- Juhfah – Serving Pilgrims coming from the direction ofSyria
- Qarnu ‘l-Manāzil – for those coming from Najd
- Yalamlam – for Pilgrims coming from Yemen and the Horn of Africa
- Thaneim – for Pilgrims coming from Makkah. This Miqat was built later
- Zāt-i-‘Irq- for Pilgrims coming from Iraq and Iran
Today the majority of pilgrims fly to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform their pilgrimage. Jeddah is within the Miqat zone as can be seen from this map:
Miqat Air Travel For Umrah
The majority of opinion states that you should wear your Irham before your plane enters the Miqat. If you are flying Saudia or with a knowledgeable pilot with BA or any other airlines, the pilot will let you know before entering the Miqat and you can wear your Irham on board. It is a little difficult as there is limited space on the plane but millions have done it!
Have you worn your Irham on the plane? What was your experience like? Was it difficult putting it on in the restroom?
P.S. If you look at the distances of the of the Miqats to Al Haram they are a long way. The Yalamlam (Yemen) Miqat is 125KM on modern roads. How long would a Pilgrim who traveled from Yemen in the Old days have had to wear their Irham before reaching Makkah?