The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of the most blessed days in the entire Muslim Calendar and are on par with the last 10 nights of Ramadan in their importance and virtue. We should all treat these 10 days with the same level of motivation and vigour that we show to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The following is brief exposition of some of the virtues of these days.
Allah (SWT) refers to these days when He says in His Book:
‘By the Dawn, And ten nights …’[Qur’an 89, 1-2]
He also mention these as the ‘appointed’ days in the following verse:
‘Remember Allah through the appointed days…’[Qur’an 2:203]
To King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,
I hope and pray that you are well
In recent decades the Expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the new Property and Infrastructure Developments in Makkah and Madinah has led to the destruction of many of the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam in the region.
Sites such as the blessed House of Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) in Makkah, the old House of Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him), the house of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and the House of Hamza (may Allah be pleased with him) have all been destroyed to make way for the expansion and development of the areas surrounding Masjid Al Haram. Madinah faces the same fate with some of the historical Homes and Mosques around Masjid Al Nabawi either removed or marked for removal under future development plans.
Our request to the King and the Authorities in the Two Holy Cities are as follows:
1) Our leaders and governors from the early Islamic period up to the Ottoman period have all tried to preserve the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam and associated to the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). We respectfully request that you do the same and where possible preserve the sites that are known to have a historical significance so that future generation can see where some of the events from the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took place.
2) We appreciate that no every historical site can be saved from destruction and that due to the needs of the ever increasing population of pilgrims to the region that expansion and development have to take place to cater for this. However, we would recommend that where historical sites have to be removed or destroyed to make way for hotels, shopping complexes, roads and infrastructure projects that you place a marker in the place where those sites used to exist so that visitors can at least see where the old buildings stood and appreciate where historical events took place. This is done in many of the western countries where you will see markers on new buildings stating that here stood such and such an historical structure or here lived such and such an historical person. I do not see why this isn’t done as a matter of course in the Two Holy Cities.
There are many eminent scholars in your country that can help to identify and locate these historical sites and make recommendation for the markers.
We thank you for your consideration and pray that you can take seriously our recommendations above. Most modern cities are proud of their historical heritage and try to preserve as much of it as possible. We should be the same and preserve as much of our heritage as possible.
Masjid Al Jinn is the place about which the chapter of the Qur’an called Surah Al Jinn was revealed. This is also the place where the Jinn came in their large numbers to accept Islam at the hand of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him).
The story of what happened is related by the Companion, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) who said:
“While in Makkah, the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) once said to the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them), ‘Whoever wishes to see what the Jinn are all about should come along’. Besides me, no-one else came. When we reached the place in the Ma’la district of Makkah the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used his foot to draw a circle on the ground. He then instructed me to sit inside the circle. After proceeding a little further, the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) started reciting the Quran. It then happened that Jinn started to arrive in troops as they gathered there. So many came that I could not even see the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) nor hear him. The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then continued talking with a group of them until Fajr.”
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It was here in Mina that Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) brought his son Isma’il (peace be upon him) to be sacrificed following the dream that he had seen.
It was also here that Shaytan (Satan) tried to tempt him away from his determination to sacrifice his son so he pelted Shaytan with pebbles at three different locations. These locations are marked by the 3 large pillars known as the Jamarat. Pilgrims, to this day, stone the pillars in recognition of the act of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him).
The three Jamarat pillars, are known in turn as: Jamaratal Ula, Jamarat Al Wusta, and Jamarat al Aqaba.
The pillars are a symbol of what happened during the time of Ibrahim (Peace be upon him). Sometimes some of the pilgrims get a little over excited and start throwing rocks, shoes, sandals, umbrellas, sticks and all sorts at the pillars thinking that they are hitting Shaytan. We must never do that because that could cause harm and injury to the other pilgrims and that is not within the spirit of the Hajj.
“O Prophet, Allah is sufficient for you, and the believers who followed you.” [Qur’an 8:64]
This is the approximate site where the house of Arqam (RA) used to be located. It was near the gate of mount Safa.
Arqam ibn Abi Arqam was one of the early converts to Islam. Arqam’s house was chosen as a meeting point as it was behind the Safa hill and therefore obscure to the pagans and chieftains around the Ka’bah and it was also easily accessible from the house of Khadija (RA) where the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived. Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Arqam (RA)→
So … I have decided to write a book, insha Allah. It is on the topic of the Sacred / Historical Sites in Makkah and Madina. The book is aimed at young readers and will be told as a story of 3 young people on an epic Journey through the holy lands of Makkah and Madina.
The first book is currently called “The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah”. You can find some excerpts from the first draft below:
‘When you have performed the prayer, remember God, standing and sitting and on your sides. Then, when you are reassured, observe the prayer, surely the prayer is for believers a prescription at specific times.’ [Quran 4:103]
‘There is no sin on you that you seek the grace of your Lord (by trading). Later, when you flow down from ‘Arafāt, recite the name of Allah near Al-Mash‘ar-ul-Harām (the Sacred Monument), and recite His name as He has guided you, while before it, you were among the astray.’ [Qur’an 2:198]
Muzdalifa is a valley between ‘Arafah and Mina. Stretching just over 4 kilometres long, it is where the Pilgrims gather in the night of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah after having spent it’s day in ‘Arafah.
Pilgrims spend the night here and many of them collect their pebbles for pelting the Shaytan at the Jamaraat.
There is a Masid here called Masjid Mash’ar Al-Haram which is located on the spot where the Prophet (peace be upon him) supplicated in response to the injunction of the above verse from Surah Al Baqarah 2:198.
Muzdalifa is also known as Al Jam’, meaning joining or gathering, because it is where the pilgrims join the Maghrib and ‘Esha prayers. It is also known by this name because it’s a place of gathering.
‘Then flow down from where the people flow, and seek forgiveness from Allah. Certainly Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.’ [Qur’an 2:199]
‘Arafah or ‘Arafat is a plain of land approximately 22 kilometres from Makkah. It is here that the pilgrims spend the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah standing in Worship, Dhikr and Du’a.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“I stood here (at the foot of Jabal Rahmah) but the whole of ‘Arafah is a place of standing “
The Hajj is not complete without the standing on ‘Arafah and therefore all pilgrims must spend a portion of the day on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah at the plain of ‘Arafah for their Hajj to be valid.
The day of ‘Arafah is the greatest day in the Islamic Calendar as it is on this day that Allah (SWT) forgives more people than he does in the entire year.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the day of Arafat. And on that day Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting His Pride remarks to the angels, ‘What is the desire of these (servants of mine)?’”
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There is a Masjid in ‘Arafah called Masjid Namira and it is located on the site where the Prophet (peace be upon him) camped for a while before entering ‘Arafah and where he delivered his farewell speech.
‘Arafah also has a small hilltop known as Jabal Rahmah and it is at the foot of this hill where the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have prayed and made Du’a during his standing in ‘Arafah.
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