Location of Miqats

 

There are five locations at varying distances from the Holy City of Makkah which pilgrims must not cross before they are in a state of Ihram if they intend to enter Al Masjid Al Haram for Umrah or Hajj. These locations or stations are called Miqats.

Dhu’l-Hulayfah

This miqat is about 9 kilometers from Madinah and about 450 kilometers from Makkah. Dhu’l-Hulayfah is the miqat for those who live in Madinah and for those who approach Makkah from that same direction.

Juhfah

This miqat is about 183 kilometers to the northwest of Makkah. This is the miqat for people who come from the direction of Syria.

Qarn al-Manazil

This miqat is a hilly place about 75 kilometers to the east of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Najd and for those coming from that direction.

Dhat Irq

This miqat is about 94 kilometers towards the northeast side of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Iran, Iraq and for those coming from that direction.

Yalamlam

This miqat is a hilly area about 92 kilometers to the southeast of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Yemen and all others coming from that direction. It is the miqat used by pilgrims coming from China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and those who come by ship.

Muslims who enter the Haram area for business or for any other purpose need not do Ihram before entering the Holy City of Makkah unless they intend to perform Umrah or Hajj. Muslims coming to Makkah with the intention of performing Umrah or Hajj must not cross a Miqat without first entering into the state of Ihram, unless they live within the area between Miqat and the Haram. In this case they do Ihram either at home or just before entering the Haram area.