Seven Madinah Mosques Popular with Visitors

Narrated Abu Huraira: While we were sitting with the Prophet Surah Al Jumu’ah was revealed to him, and when the Verse, ‘And He (Allah)  has sent him (Muhammad) also to other (Muslims)…’ (62.3) was recited by the
Prophet, I said, ‘Who are they, O Allah’s Apostle?’ The Prophet did not reply till I  repeated my question thrice. At that time, Salman Al-Farisi was with us. So Allah’s  Apostle put his hand on Salman, saying, ‘If Faith were at (the place of) Ath-Thuraiya  (Pleiades, the highest star), even then some men or a man from these people (i.e. Salman’s folk) would attain it.’ Sahih Bukhari

Salman Al-Farisi Mosque is one of the seven historical mosques that Muslims coming to Madinah make it a point to visit. (Photo by Yusuf Muhammad)

By Yusuf Muhammad


Thursday 25 July 2013

Of the many historical and archaeological sites in Madinah, visitors are most likely to visit a group of small mosques, commonly known as “The Seven Mosques.”

People visit six small mosques in the region, but add a seventh one, known as the “Mosque of the Two Qiblas” which is about a kilometer away from the others.

The largest of the seven mosques is Al-Fath on a hilltop near the western side of Sal’ mountain. It was built when Umar ibn Abd Al-Aziz was governor of Madinah in the years 87 to 93 after Hijrah (705 CE to 711 CE). It was rebuilt in 575 H (1179 CE). It was then rebuilt again during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd Al-Majid I in 1851.

The Salman Al-Farisi Mosque is located south of Al-Fath Mosque, 20 meters from the base of Sal’ mountain. It is named after Salman, the companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) who recommended digging a trench to fortify the city from an invasion. It has one hall at 7 meters long and 2 meters wide. It was also built while Umar ibn Abd Al-Aziz was governor of Madinah. In 575 H (1179 CE) it was rebuilt on the orders of minister Said Al-Deen Abu Al-Haija. It was rebuilt again during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd Al-Majid I.

The Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq Mosque is 15 meters to the southwest of Salman Al-Farisi Mosque. It was reported that Abu Bakr, when he was caliph, prayed Eid prayer there. This is why it was named after him. It was also reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed the Eid prayer there.

The Umar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque is 10 meters to the south of Abu Bakr Mosque, opposite Al-Ghamamah mosque and close to the Prophet’s Mosque. There is not much historical detail about the mosque, but there is speculation that it could be the ancient mosque at Al-Durrah place where Umar may have prayed during his reign as caliph. This would explain why it was named after him. It has an open yard and is eight steps above the ground. Its structure is similar to Al-Fath Mosque, which indicates that the two structures may have been built and renovated together.

The Ali ibn Abi Talib Mosque is east of Fatimah Mosque on a high rectangular hilltop. It is 8.5 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. It has one small step. It is likely to have been built and renovated with Al-Fath Mosque.

The Fatimah Al-Zahra Mosque is known as Mus’ad ibn Mo’az Mosque. It is the smallest of the group and measures 4 meters by 3 meters. It has one small step. It has a similar structure to other mosques in the area and may have been built during the Ottoman era, most likely during the reign of Sultan Abd Al-Majid I in 1851.

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5 replies

  1. Aslamo alekum Warehmattullah wabarakatahu. Juzakamullah, for showing us the Mosque of Hazrat Salman Al Farsi (rz)Ta’ala in this Holy month of Ramadan. May Allah The Almighty grant you peace and long healthy life. Amin. I had been in Madinah city in the year 1978 and saw all Holly places. Thanx again with request of Douaa.
    Nasir Rajput.

  2. I have not had the good fortune to visit all these mosques. I have prayed in the “Mosque of the 2 Qiblas” and was moved by the significance of that mosque while I was there.

  3. Assalamu Aliekum

    Thank you for showing the seven mosques of Medina.
    I was very fortunate to have prayed in the mosque of
    Abu Bakh Sadiq (peace) and the Mosques of the two
    Qiblas in 1973.

    Wa Salaam

    Abdur Raqeeb Wali

  4. Thanks for showing us the Mosque of Hazrat Salman Al Farsi (ra) in this Holy month of Ramadan. May Allah The Almighty grant you peace, love and long healthy life. Amin. Has it got any historic relation with the hadith quoted above?

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