The historic mosques in Al-Madinah Al-Munawara, which add to the Islamic glory of the city, are dissimilar in terms of their origin and establishment. The Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) built some of them, while others were places where he prayed and were used after that as mosques. Some of these mosques have been established by the companions of the Prophet and the Prophet himself prayed in them, while others have been built on land on which the Prophet prayed when he used to visit the neighbourhoods of Al-Madinah and his companions used to ask him to pray there, after which they built mosques on such places.
We at Shaza Al-Madina Hotel will be happy to take you on an exciting journey to learn more about the story behind these historic mosques.
The Prophet’s Mosque
The Prophet’s Mosque is one of the mosques that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) recommended people travel to, and in terms of the advantage of praying therein, he said that one rak’ah there is equivalent to thousand rak’ahs elsewhere. For this reason, the hearts of Muslims rush to receive the reward of praying therein, in addition to visiting the grave of our Prophet, and greet him in the honourable Rawdah. The Prophet’s Mosque is one of the closest mosques to Shaza Al-Madina Hotel and is only a few minutes’ walk away.
Quba Mosque was the first mosque built in Islam at the place where the Messenger of Allah prayed when he immigrated to Al-Madinah. Later, the companions of the Prophet participated in its construction. It is narrated in a Prophet’s saying that he used to visit Quba Mosque every Saturday, at times on camel back and at other times on foot. He also said: “Whoever makes ablution in his house and then comes to Quba Mosque to pray two rak’ahs, they will be equivalent to one Umrah.
The Seven Mosques
The Seven Mosques are a group of mosques that are reported to have been stationing places and observatories for Muslims in the Battle of Al-Khandaq. These mosques are Al-Fath Mosque, Salman Al-Farisi Mosque, Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Mosque, Omar Bin Al-Khattab Mosque, Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque and Fatima Al-Zahra Mosque. You may notice that these mosques are only six, but they are known by this name as some people add Al-Qiblatain Mosque to them, because whoever visits them also visits that mosque on the same journey, and in this way, the number became seven.
Al-Qiblatain Mosque is also called the Bani Salamah Mosque. It was called Al-Qiblatain Mosque because the Qiblah at the beginning of Islam was in the direction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. When the revelation came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while he was leading the prayers in congregation (Zuhr or Asr prayers) in this mosque; that is during the revelation of the Quranic verse: “We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens; now shall We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please thee. Turn then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque; wherever ye are turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord, nor is God unmindful of what they do,” which was an order from Allah to change the Qiblah direction to the Holy Mosque in Makkah. The Messenger of Allah then changed the direction of the Qiblah towards the Holy Mosque while performing the prayer, followed by the congregation of worshippers behind him, who also turned towards the Holy Mosque.
The Seven Pearls Trip with Shaza Al-Madina Hotel
The consultant of Shaza Al-Madina Hotel is preparing to take you on a unique tour in your own limousine to discover the Seven Pearls of Al-Madinah, which are the aforementioned mosques, in addition to important historical areas such as Mount Uhud, the site of the Battle of Uhud, the Cemetery of the Martyrs, and the Mountain of the Archers. On this trip, you can enjoy getting to know the ancient areas and discover the historical impact of these sites and their great influence on the history of Islam, accompanied by our own guide and refreshed by fruit juices to quench your thirst during your amazing tour.