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Masjid Al Shaykhayn (Or Al- Badai')

Where night was spent on the way to the Battle of Uhud


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Also known as Masjid al-Dir' (Masjid of the Armour).


This is where the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam spent the night on his way to the Battle of Uhud. There he prayed Fajr Salaah and reviewed his army. There also 'Abdullah ibn Ubayy, the chief hypocrite, decided to turn back with his three hundred, thus depriving Muslims of one third of their number. 

(From "Memories of the Luminous City")
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Masjid Al-Mustarah, a witness to history

Place where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) rested and prayed after he returned from the Battle of Uhud.


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Saturday, 02 August 2014

MADINAH — Masjid Al-Mustarah, located 2.5 kilometers northwest of the Prophet's Mosque, has acquired its name because the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) rested and prayed at this place after he returned from the Battle of Uhud.

Mustarah in Arabic means to take rest. Whenever the Prophet visited the graves of the martyrs of Uhud, he rested at the place.

It is also called Bani Haritha Mosque because it is located among houses belonging to the tribe.

The mosque was built during the times of the Prophet and Madinah historians say the Prophet prayed in the mosque.

The mosque is located to left of the road leading to Uhud Mountain and is about half a meter above ground.

Due its historical significance, the mosque was renovated and expanded during the Saudi era.

The mosque is rectangular in shape and occupies a 491-square-meter area and is distinguishable by its beautiful dome and minaret. The mosque has entrances from the east, west and north.

Historian Ahmad Murshed said the mosque is located among the homes of Bani Haritha. A Turkish castle that stood west of the mosque was removed in 1995.


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مسجد المعرّس  Masjid Al-Mu'arras



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Approximate site



Masjid Al-Mu'arras is in the blessed Valley Al-Aqeeq and this is where the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam spent the night on his return from journeys like Hajj, Umrah, wars etc before he would enter Madinah Munawwarah. He would spend the last part of the night there before entering Madinah Munawwarah

"Memories of the Luminous City"


A farm near Mu'arras

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Meeqaat Masjid seen from site of Muarras

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جبل سلع   Jabal Sila'


The remains of the fort on top of Jabal Sil’a,(Al-Miskeenah)

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Closeup picture taken from here

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The remains of the fort on top of Jabal Sal’a, which in contrast to Jabal Uhud, is predominantly of volcanic rocks, hence the dark grey stone work. This view is from Masaajid Sab’e, the Seven Mosques, where the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum stood guard during the Battle of the Trench.




Jabal Sila' near to Masjid-e-Raayah

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Site of Sab'ah Masaajid, Jabal Sila' in background

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Masjid Bani Haraam

It is so called because this area belonged to the Bani Haraam, a clan of the Bani Salima tribe.


Arial View

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Old picture

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This masjid is near the location of the house of the Companion Jabit ibn 'Abdullah (RA), where food he had prepared to feed the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and a few companions (RA) during the Battle of the Trench was miraculously increased by teh prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam to feed the whole army.  (From "Memories of the Luminous City")


See full story in the attachment taken from here:

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Masjid Ash-Shams


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It is in the Qubaa area and so named because being on a higher place than the surrounding buildings, the sun rises on it first.


It is the place where the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam had his tent pitched during the siege of the Jewish tribe of Bani An-Nadhir 


(From "Memories of the Luminous City")
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Masjid Al-Manaaratayn


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This is where the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and Companions RA passed by the rotting carcass of a sheep. When the Companions RA held their noses, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam remarked,


"The world is of less value to Allah than this sheep to its owner."


The Masjid is on the way south from Madinah to the 'Aqeeq Valley

(From "Memories of the Luminous City")

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Secrets of the Prophet’s Masjid – The Pillars



There are certain pillars in the Prophet’s masjid  in Madinah which have a special significance. Alhamdulillah, the locations of these pillars have been preserved till today. Signs were placed to indicate the names of these pillars known as ‘Ustuwaanah’ in Arabic.

Many people who visit the Prophet’s masjid are oblivious to these pillars or are unaware of the history behind them so in this article, I will illustrate the location of each pillar and tell you the story behind them which took place during the time of the Prophet ﷺ. If you are fortunate enough to visit the Prophet’s ﷺ masjid, try to visit these locations. Mulla Ali Qaari writes:


“Those pillars of the Masjid, which are of special virtue and blessed should be visited by the visitor of Madinah. There he should keep himself busy with optional prayers and supplication.”


1. Ustuwaanah Hannaanah


This pillar is located behind the mihrab of the Prophet ﷺ on its right hand side and is the most blessed of the pillars for this was the Prophet’s  place of prayer. On this spot there once used to grow a date palm. The Prophet used to lean on it while delivering the khutbah (sermon). When a minbar was made, the Prophet ﷺ began delivering his sermon from there. When this happened, the sound of crying was heard from the tree and it could be heard around the whole masjid. The Prophet then went to the tree, placed his hand on it and the crying stopped. He then said:


“The tree cries because the remembrance of Allah was near it, and now that the minbar is built it has been deprived of this remembrance in its immediate vicinity. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have cried till the Day of Judgement.”


The pillar which has been placed in its place is called Ustuwanah Hannanah because the word ‘hannaanah’ is used to describe a crying camel.


2. Ustuwaanah A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her)


This is also called the Ustuwaanah Muhajireen because the Muhajireen (emigrants from Makkah to Madinah) used to sit near this spot. The Prophet  used to offer his prayers at this place before he moved to the place at Ustuwaanah Hannanah. It is also called the Ustuwaanah Qur’ah. The reason for this is that A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that the messenger of Allah ﷺ said:


“In this Masjid is one such spot that if people knew the true blessed nature thereof, they would flock towards it in such that to pray there they would cast lots (Qur’ah).”


People asked her to point out the exact spot which she refused to do. Later on, after Abdullah Ibn Zubair (may Allah be pleased with him) persisted, she pointed to this spot. It is called Ustuwaanah A’ishah because the Hadeeth is reported by her and the exact spot was shown by her.


3. Ustuwaanah Tawbah / Abu Lubabah


During the battle of Banu Quraydhah, after the enemies had been surrounded by the Muslims, the besieged tribe called on Abu Lubabah (may Allah be pleased with him) to tell them what the Muslims were planning to do with them. Abu Lubabah had previously had dealings with the Banu Quraydhah and after seeing their crying and wailing, he told them what the Muslims were planning to do.

He wasn’t suppose to reveal anything to the enemy and realising his mistake, he became grieved and proceeded to go to the Masjid. He came to a date tree and tied himself to it saying:


“As long as my repentance is not accepted by Allah, I shall not untie myself from here. And the Prophet 
 himself must undo my bonds.”


When the Prophet ﷺ heard this, he said:


“If he had come to me I would have begged forgiveness on his behalf. Now he had acted on his own initiative, so how can I untie him until such a time that his repentance has been accepted.”



For many days he remained tied there without food and water, except for prayers and when he had to answer the call of nature. Then one morning, after a few days, he received the good news that his repentance (tawbah) had been accepted. The companions conveyed the news to him and wanted to untie him but he refused, saying:


“As long as the Prophet 
 does not untie me with his blessed hands, I shall not allow anyone else to do so.”


When the Prophet  entered for Fajr prayers, he untied him. The pillar is called Ustuwaanah Tawbah (repentance) or Abu Lubabah as it was this very spot in which Abu Lubabah tied himself seeking repentance.


4. Ustuwaanah Sareer


‘Sareer’ means sleeping place. It is reported that the Prophet ﷺ used to make i‘tikaaf here (seclude himself in the Masjid) and used to sleep here while in i‘tikaaf. A platform of wood used to be put here for him to sleep on.

5. Ustuwaanah Hars / ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him).

‘Hars’ means to watch or protect. This used to be the place where some of the companions (may Allah be pleased with them) used to sit when keeping watch or acting as gatekeepers. ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) used to be the one who would do this often due to which it is also known as Ustuwaanah Ali.

When the following verse was revealed, the Prophet  told his companions that he no longer needed people to keep watch as Allah had promised to protect him.

“..And Allah will protect you from the people..” Surah Al Ma’idah, Verse 67


6.  Ustuwaanah Wufood

‘Wufood’ means delegations, whenever a delegation arrived to meet the Prophet  on behalf of their tribes, they would be met at this place where he used to meet them, converse with them and teach them about Islam.


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Left: Ustuwaanah Wufud, Middle: Ustuwanah Ali/Haras, Right: Ustuwanah Sareer


7. Ustuwaanah Tahajjud


It is reported that this was the spot where late at night a carpet was spread for the Prophet  to perform tahajjud prayer after the people had left. There used to be a niche at this place to indicate the Prophet’s ﷺ place of performing Tahajjud but it has now been hidden with a bookcase as you can see above.

These historical photos show what is hidden behind the bookcase:




8. Ustuwaanah Jibra’eel

This was the usual place where the angel Jibra’eel used to enter to visit the Prophet . Today it cannot be seen as it lies inside the sacred room of the Prophet .

These eight places are special but so is the entire Masjid and the city of Madinah. You cannot take a step except imagine that the Prophet ﷺ or his companions must have tread on that exact space many years ago. 

There are also pillars which indicate the boundary of the original masjid as it was at the time of the Prophet ﷺ. Written on the top of each pillar is ‘this is the Masjid of the Prophet ﷺ’


The orange circles indicate some of these pillars found in the masjid:



By: Rafiq ibn Jubair
Info: Adapted from How to Perform Ziyarah by Shaykh Saleem Dhorat

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بئر  بُضاعَة  

Well of Budha'ah   


Located to the north of Saqeefah Banu Sa'eedah (Garden of Banu Sa'eedah)


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The pictures below (In the Saqeefah Banu Sa'eedah)  is said to be where this well used to be














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........however in other places it says the well used to be a bit further away where the hotels are now situated

Allah ta'ala knows best!

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صورة من تصويري للروضة المباركة وتظهر حدود الروضة كاملة مع معالم كالمحراب والمنبر والمكبرية والحجرة النبوية الروضة هي داخل السجاد الاخضر

The blessed Rawdhah and show the boundaries of the Rawdhah complete with features such as the mihrab,
pulpit, megaphone and the Prophet's room. The Rawdhah is inside the green carpet.

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