The following are the seven holiest sites that have a significant spiritual and cultural importance for the believers of Islam:
- Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām (The Sacred Mosque), Mecca:
It is a mosque that surrounds Kaaba in Mecca. It is the largest mosque in the world and is the primal setting for the pilgrims on hajj.
- Al-Masjid an-Nabawī (The Prophet’s Mosque), Medina:
This mosque, built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is the second holiest site for the believers of Islam.
- Al-Masjid Al-Aqṣā, Jerusalem:
This site is also known as ‘The Farthest Mosque’ and is the third holiest site in Islam.
- Imam Ali, Iraq:
For the Shi’a branch of Muslims, it is regarded as the third holiest place.
- Masjid Qubbat As-Sakhrah, Jerusalem:
It is situated in the old city of Jerusalem on a Temple mount and is one of the most controversial properties.
- Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali:
It is a building of mud and brick that is regarded as one of the significant architectural achievements.
- Quba Mosque, Medina:
It is one of the holiest places for Muslims, with its first stone being laid by Prophet Muhammad.