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What it’s like Ramadan in the Muslim Holiest Cities

Medina, Saudi Arabia

Cindy Roaming
5 min readMar 25, 2024

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Ramadan isn’t just about fasting; it’s a time for Muslims to draw closer to Allah through prayer, contemplation, and devotion.

Some years ago, I had the opportunity to experience Ramadan in two of Islam’s holiest cities: Medina and Mecca.

After a 10-hour flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, I arrived at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport at dawn.

Since it was Ramadan, I had my Suhoor on the plane. I ate chicken biryani at that time.

The airport was brimming with pilgrims. Ramadan is the peak season for Umrah*.

*Umrah is the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

After crossing immigration, I joined others on a bus to Medina. The journey took over six hours, and we arrived at the hotel at noon.

The view from the bus toward Medina. Photo by Author

I visited the Prophet’s Mosque after dropping off my belongings. One of the holiest mosques, with huge piazzas, green domes, minarets, and hundreds of umbrellas, was my everyday stop while I was there.

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The green dome of the Prophet Mosque in Medina. Photo by Author

This mosque was built on the site of the Prophet Muhammad’s house, and the tomb of Muhammad is under the green dome — Rawdah.

Inside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Photo by Author

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Cindy Roaming

I write about my travel story, foods, and culture. Currently in Mexico City🇲🇽