The Islamic concept of gift giving promotes love and affection between family members and friends. That is why Prophet Muhammad (SAW) once said, “Give gifts to one another, for gifts take away rancor.” Therefore many people give gifts to each other at various events to promote the feelings of liking and warmth towards each other. Special occasions such as when returning from Hajj and Umrah in particular are a time when all like to exchange Islamic gifts with their family and friends.
The best Islamic gifts possible are easily available in the towns surrounding the Ka’aba; house of Allah and the Masjid-e-Nabi. The cities Mecca and Medina are the focal points in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where pilgrims from all around the world come and stay. The locals have set up numerous malls, shops and stores in order to facilitate the millions of people visiting these two major cities all year around. These shopping arcades carry all types of Islamic gifts that people can take back home after they are done with their prayers and pilgrimage.
The most popular Islamic gifts that are easily available in these as well as other cities of Saudi Arabia include prayer beads, prayer mats, Islamic jewellery and replicas of the Ka’aba and various famous mosques of the country. In addition to these popular items bottled Holy water known as “Aab-e-ZamZam and attars are also easily obtainable in these stores. As dates are widely grown in Saudi Arabia, and they carry substantial significance in the religion Islam, these local assortments of dates also make great Islamic gifts from the land of Allah’s house. Arabs have expanded their local date producing business to quite an extent and have also created numerous variations to the end product available for sale. The variety of dates includes high quality nuts stuffed into the cores, cream, chocolate and cheese filled dates along with the more traditional plain ones. Therefore the visitors can select from a large variety to take back to their own homelands.
Other Islamic gifts that can be brought back from your Umrah trip include good Islamic books that teach the procedure of performing Umrah, which can be a great asset for the family members and friends who have not yet had the privilege of going themselves. People who leave their houses in quest of their pilgrimage to Allah therefore have a variety of things to choose from to present their loved ones with upon their return home.