These are nothing but roadside shops displaying the wares so as to attract the pilgrims who visit the Haram of Medinah five times a day for prayers. These shops with glittering gold jewellery, clothes, varieties of dates, gift items, ladies handbags, bangles,clips etc., is nothing but a distraction from the main purpose of praying in the second greatest & blessed Mosque in Saudi Arabia. The bazaar ( market ) has everything from the cheapest to the costliest item you need. These shops are mostlly flooded with cheap China made goods, which can be purchased for two or three Riyals and given as gifts, when you return to your homeland. The speciality of these goods is that they are as unreliable as their price is. For your dear ones go for quality goods and as far as possible avoid these cheap ones. They are nothing but waste of money, as they say all that glitters is not gold. As regards jewellery shops here, one has to be careful with the quality of gold and price. Some shops bargain the price. The ladies make it a point to buy some gold jewellery in Madinah, having regard to the sacredness & sanctity of the place. How far this is true is a matter of debate.
As this place is on the way to Haram one cannot avoid putting his gaze on the various bright & shining items displayed. But visiting the shops once in a while on the way to Haram is alright but to make it a habit, will deprive you of the reward of visiting Madinah to solely seek the blessings of Allah & His messenger. Therefore, be focused in the purpose of your visit to Madinah, after spending so much of your hard earned money. Enjoy the shopping but not at the cost of prayers and attendance before the resting place of Prophet (Peace be upon him ). Shopping can be done anywhere in the world, but the choicest blessings from Heaven are shovered only here & nowhere else. Always keep this in mind.
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