Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Non-muslims not allowed in Makkah

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Why are non-Muslims not allowed in the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah?

P.S.: The comment on this article is even more better than the article itself,

in my personal opinion ... it says exactly what I wanted to say but didn't know how to put it in words ...


It is true that non-Muslims are not allowed in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, by law. The following points will serve to elucidate the possible reasoning behind such a restriction.

1. All citizens are not permitted in the cantonment area

I am a citizen of India. Yet, I am not permitted to enter certain restricted areas like the cantonment. In every country there are certain areas where a common citizen of that country cannot enter.

Only a citizen who is enrolled in the military or those who are connected with the defense of the country are allowed in the cantonment area.

Similarly Islam is a Universal Religion for the entire world and for all human beings. The cantonment areas of Islam are the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Here only those who believe in Islam and are involved in the defense of Islam i.e. the Muslims are allowed.

It would be illogical for a common citizen to object to the restriction on entering a cantonment area. Similarly it is not appropriate for non-Muslims to object to the restriction on non-Muslims against entering Makkah and Madinah.

2. Visa to enter Makkah and Madinah

a. <Whenever a person travels to a foreign country he has to first apply for a visa i.e. the permission to enter that country.

Every country has its own rules, regulations and requirements for issuing a visa. Unless their criteria are satisfied they will not issue a visa.

b. One of the countries which is very strict in issuing a visa is the United States of America, especially when issuing visas to citizens of the third world.

They have several conditions and requirements to be fulfilled before they issue a visa.

c. When I visited Singapore, it was mentioned on their immigration form - death to drug traffickers. If I want to visit Singapore I have to abide by the rules.

I cannot say that death penalty is a barbaric punishment. Only if I agree with their requirements and conditions will I be permitted to enter the country.

d. The Visa – The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah or Madina is to say with his lips, La ila ha illallah Muhammed Rasulullah meaning that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is His Messenger’.


  1. From "Answers to non-Muslims, Common questions about Islam" Authored by Dr.Zakir Abdul-Karim Naik.
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  1. The answers given as to why non-Muslims are not allowed to enter Makkah and Madinah are most unsatisfactory. They are aimed to persuade non-Muslims to accept the prohibition rather than provide a sound reason as to why there is a prohibition in the first place.

    The reason is perfectly obvious, at least to me. If you are NOT a believer of religion X but, out of interest and curiousity, visit a holy place of religion X, you are visiting essentially as a tourist. No matter how much you respect, love or are fascinated by that religion, if you are not a believer, you are at that holy place inescapably as a tourist. No more and no less.

    Makkah and Madinah are places of worship and spiritual devotion and for the former, the centre of pilgrimage of Islam and Muslims. To allow non-Muslims to enter them would mean to allow motives other than religious devotion for visiting. This will inevitably lead to the degeneration and desecration of the holy cities into tourist attractions with all their attendant profanity. That is why people who do not profess the Islamic faith are prohibited from entering the holy cities.

    Salam and God's blessings to all from,
    A Malaysian Muslim.

  2. I totally agree with you ...

    You are 100% right ... and that's exactly what I wanted to say ... but didn't know how to put it in words ...

    I couldn't have said it better than you did ...

    May Allah bless you,
    Mai Hassib (Blog Moderator)

  3. Is the prohibition rule enforced based on logic and good intention to safeguard the sanctity of the holy places alone? Or was it put into practice based on any surah i nthe Quran or sunnah?