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Only Muslims are allowed to travel to Makkah according to the current rules of Saudi Arabia. Is that an Islamic rule? No. Makkah during the prophet Mohammed's time had non Muslims, they were never kicked out. This rule shows up after that, not sure when exactly but the point is, it's not an Islamic rule. Can you still visit, simple answer is: YES. There ...


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https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mecca Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca. Road signs to guide non-Muslims are provided. The minimum penalty is deportation from the country. Documentation will be checked upon entry and anyone not showing proof of being Muslim will be refused entry. As a solitary exception, the Mecca bus ...


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I was raised and spend 18 years of my life in Madinah which is the second holy city for Muslims and it is so close to Makkah (A.K.A. Mecca). These two cities have similar rules and mostly all pilgrims visit Madinah either before or after Hajj so I am answering this out of personal experience and observation and not influenced by the western media. Short ...


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If you enjoy being deported and detained, then by all means try to sneak into Makkah. Deportation for non-muslims caught in Makkah and Medina results in a lifetime ban from the country. The signs are clearly marked; for example - for those coming from the East (Riyadh): Makkah (the city) is entirely off-limits. It includes the buildings (and other ...


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Growing up in Saudi Arabia and now living in Kuwait, I can corroborate what @MeNoTalk has said, and will add the following: All road signs are clearly marked in English and Arabic. Make sure you carry with you the identification documents for your hajj hamla (caravan). English is not an issue when walking around the Haram, as most shopkeepers will speak ...


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Unfortunately for someone trying to travel between Istanbul and Mecca, the Ottoman-era Baghdad and Hejaz (Damascus-Mecca) railways are no longer in operation. Even assuming you are Muslim and can legally visit the city of Mecca, an overland trip between Istanbul and Saudi Arabia is not practical at this time due to the civil war in Syria and instability in ...


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First, it will not be "straight and easy": the Middle East is full of unstable countries, underdeveloped infrastructure, political and diplomatical issues between neighbor countries and bureaucracy. But it can be interesting to travel these routes and discover less-traveled places and meet locals nevertheless. From Europe to the Middle East The first part ...


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The only way a non-muslim can legally go to Mecca is with special permission of the government, which you might get if, for example, you were needed to do some skilled work that you were uniquely qualified for. Breaking the law in KSA is not a good idea.


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Iran is the safest way in Middle East when you want to avoid Iraq, Syria and Israel. As I said in my answer to Quickest way from London to Dubai without flying?, there is a direct train from Istanbul to Tehran. From there, you can go to Bandar Busher by bus, then take a ferry to Dammam. Finally, you can take a bus to go to Mecca.


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I did pilgrimage Three times until now. Two of them was with “Western” Muslims :) Most of them were converted. It was very safe for all of them, not just that peoples like them and try to take photos with them :) I was like their group leader, and we did all the activities together (going around mecca). I visited more than 50 cities in more than 12 ...



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