Miqat (Arabic: ميقات ) is an Arabic word which means, “A stated place”. Six Miqat Points are located with information on each.
Upon entering the Miqat for Umrah or Hajj a pilgrim should wear his\her Irham when travelling to Makkah. The rule only applies to those who enter with the intention of performing either the Hajj or Umrah. Of the six Miqats, five were set up by the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). Think of the Miqat as a zone in which you need to be in a certain spiritual state, wearing the Irham is a physical manifestation of that state.
The Miqat Locations are:
Dhu’l-Hulayfah : Located (also known as Meeqat Masjid) in the suburbs of Medina 9 kilometers from the center and 450 kilometers from Makkah. Dhu’l-Hulayfah is the Miqat for those who live in Medina or who are approaching Makkah from the direction of Medina.
Miqat Al Juhfa: Located 190 kilometers to the northwest of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people who come from the direction of Syria. The Miqat is near the town of Rabigh which is near the Red Sea on the West coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When travelling south on Highway 5 the Miqat can be reached by taking a left turn towards a very small town called Juhfa.
Qarnu ‘l-Manāzil: Also known as Meeqat Al Sail. Located 85 Km from Al Haram, in a small town know as As Sail Al Kabeer on Highway 40. This Miqat serves pilgrims coming from The Najd region which is generally the middle of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Yalamlam: This Miqat point serves the Hujajj coming from the direction of Yemen. Yalamlam is a small town in the province of Makkah, 130 KM south of the Kabbah. The Miqat is located on a turning off the road 304.
Thaneim: – This Miqat is located in the Al-Hil area of Makkah, 8 KM from the Holy Kaabah. The Mosque is also known as Masjid e Taneem and At-Tanim. The Miqat serves those starting their pilgrimage in Makkah. The Mosque is large with good facilities for baths, abulation and changing.
Miqat Zat i Irq: – Located 112 KM northeast of Makkah, This Miqat serves pilgrims coming from the direction of Iraq, Iran and other places en route. The Miqat is situated in a very rural location, 58 KM off the Highway 40, the main Taif – Riyadh road. I could not locate a ground photo for this Miqat.
The vast majority of pilgrims now fly to Haj or Umrah, there are rulings around when to be in Irham when flying in as you fly into the Miqat. we will discuss that in a separate article.
Has anyone visited all 6 Miqats?
P.S – Can you imagine doing the travelling to Haj or Umrah in the old days, just the journey from the Miqats would take you a long time, they would be more than a days travel.