Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Khadija (RA)


The House of Khadija (RA)

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Jibril (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! This is Khadijah, coming to you with a dish having meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord (Allah) and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil, (fatigue, trouble, etc.).”  [Al-Bukhari]

The house of Khadija (RA) also used to be in the Banu Hashim district near to the house where the Prophet (SAW) was born.

A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be
A very rough approximation of where the house of Khadjia used to be

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was here that the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived much of his adult life after marriage and up to the Hijrah. It was here where the Prophet (peace be upon him) received some of the first revelations. It was here that most of his children were born. It was here that he spent some of his most difficult years whilst living in Makkah under the persecution of the Quraysh. And it was here from where he started his momentous Hijrah, leaving ‘Ali (RA) in his blessed bed.

House of Khadija 1920
House of Khadija 1920

The house that was there was demolished to make way for the expansion of the existing Mosque. In 1989 there was an excavation of the area to reveal the extent of the house. Some of the pictures from the excavations can be found below (mainly sourced via google):

Excavations 1Excavations 2bayt-al-sayyida-al-khadija

The house is reported to have had 5 key areas. The 1st area was the guest area / or the reception room as we would now know it. The 2nd area was the children’s quarters and where Fatima (RA) was born. The 3rd area was the prayer room where the Prophet (SAW) prayed and the 4th area is the blessed room of Khadija (RA). The 5th area constituted the hallways and the circulation space.

Khadijashouse Plan

It is not clearly known any longer as to exactly where the house sat, but it was near about where the current ablution areas are behind the Marwah gates.

In the following is a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Zaki Yemeni and in it he explains the significance of the House of Khadija and his involvement in the excavation of the site.

It would have been nice if the authorities had at least placed a plaque where the old house stood so that people could at least see where it was and where some of the early events of Islam unfolded.

More info here:

http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/makkah/haram_sharief/house_of_khadija_ra.html

http://almiskeenah.com/AlMadinahAlMunawwarah/house-of-khadija-radhiallahu-anha-makkah

http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/422530-house-of-hazrat-khadijah-ra-qubbat-ul-wahi/

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