The Madina II Collection

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First mosque of Islam. Built by the Prophet [s] when he first migrated from Makkah to Madina. The Prophet [s] stayed here for 20 days while waiting for Imam Ali [a] to join him before entering Madina

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Masjid Qiblatayn. On Mon. 15th Rajab 2 AH, while the Holy Prophet [s] was praying Dhuhr (afternoon prayer) here, he was directed by Jibrail to turn from Masjid al-Aqsa (Jerusalem) to the Ka'aba (Makkah)

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Masjid Fath (mosque of victory) where the Prophet [s] prayed during the Battle of Khandaq. At the top of a mount, this is one of "the five mosques" around that area

Entrance to Masjid Fath

Front side of Masjid Fath (pic taken from halfway up the mount). Entrance is on right side of picture.

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Salman al-Farsi mosque.One of "the five mosques" (khamsa masajid). This is at the foot of the mount leading to Masjid Fath

Masjid Salman. Entrance is behind. Up on top left is Masjid Fath. Behind the photographer is Masjid Umar, Masjid Ali [a] and Masjid Fatima [a]

Staircase leading to Masjid Ali [a]. One of "the five mosques"

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At the entrance of Masjid Ali [a]

Entrance to Masjid Fatima [a]. One of the "khamsa masajid" (five mosques)

Entrance and prayer niche (mehrab) of Masjid Fatima [a]

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Prayer niche (mehrab) of Masjid Fatima [a]

When Imam Ali [a] married the Prophet's [s] daughter Sayyida az-Zahra [a], they first lived in a house on this open ground facing the mihrab of Masjid Quba (that can be seen behind). Their house was near the palm tree and next to theirs was the house of the Prophet's companion Hudhaifa al-Yamani. The Saudi govt. have demolished both houses and leveled the ground.

Graves of Hamza (the Prophet's [s] uncle) and other martyrs of Uhud

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Wall enclosure behind which martyrs of Uhud are buried

Right side is mosque of Uhud. Wall on the left is where martyrs (shuhada) of Uhud are buried

At the grave of Hamza and other martyrs of Uhud

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Martyrs of Uhud

This is the hill of Uhud that some Muslim archers abandoned for the sake of booty because of which several Muslims were martyred. At the back of the photographer is the gate of the enclosure where Hamza [a] and the other martyrs are buried.

Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet [s], was martyred at Uhud at the foot of this hill. Some say this is the reason why the rock at the foot of the hill is red in colour as compared to the rest of the hill.

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This is the back side of the enclosure where the martyrs of Uhud are buried. It was here that Jibrail brought the sword "Dhulfiqar" to the Prophet [s] who gave it to Imam Ali [a]

The small mosque ahead is the "maqam" (place of prayer) of the 4th & 6th Imam [a]. Behind the photographer is the enclosure where the martyrs of Uhud are buried.

When the Muslims returned from Uhud to Madina, some of them were severely injured. The Prophet [s] took the clay from this ditch and applied it on their wounds as "shifa" hence the concept of "khak-e-shifa"

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Masjid Jum'ah. 2nd mosque of Islam and the place where the Prophet [s] conducted Salatul Jum'ah for the first time. This place is not to far from Masjid Quba, the 1st mosque.

The entrance to Masjid Jum'ah

The rubble infront of Masjid Jum'ah is where Masjid Zeraar was built by hypocrites to divide the Muslims. An ayat in the Qur'an commanded the Prophet [s] to demolish this "mosque". This is also the spot where Imam Husayn [a] bade farewell to his daughter Fatima Sughra and left Madina for the last time.

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Masjid Fadheek. When the verse prohibiting intoxicants was revealed, some Muslims hid wine in a well here. To disgrace them, some hypocrites complained to the Prophet [s] about this. When the Prophet [s] opened this well, the wine had miraculously changed into vinegar. The well is shown below. Behind this mosque is the Garden of Fadak that the Prophet [s] had given his daughter Fatima [a]. This was usurped from her after his leaving this world.

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The well in the mosque of Fadheek where wine turned to vinegar

Part of the Garden of Fadak (behind Masjid Fadheek)

"Bir-e-Ali" or the Well of Ali [a]. When returning from an expedition, the army of Imam Ali [a] once ran out of water. He dug this well from which water continues to flow even today. This place is not too far from Masjid Shajarah (Miqat)

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This is the spot where Mubahala took place between the Ahlul Bayt [a] and the Christians of Najran. The Saudi govt. is building a mosque here that will be named "Masjid Banu Muawiya"! (picture shows mosque under construction - Apr. 97)

The rubble in this enclosure is where Masjid "Radd ash-Shams" once stood. The Saudi govt. have destroyed it. This is the spot where the Prophet [s] asked Imam Ali [a] to pray for the Sun to revert so that they may pray Salatul Asr.

The fort of Khaybar that Imam Ali [a] conquered against the Jews. Khaybar is over 100 kms outside Madina.

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"Bayt al-Huzn" (The House of Sorrow) where Imam Zaynul Abidin [a] used to come and weep after the tragedy of Karbala. (The Bayt al-Huzn of Sayyida Fatima [a] has been completed demolished by the Saudi govt.). This house is in the garden of Salman, the Prophet's [s] companion. Salman was a slave working in this date farm before the Prophet [s] freed him.

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"Bayt al-Huzn" of Imam Zaynul Abidin [a]. Coincidentally, the building in the background is a school called "Madrasah Husayn ibn Ali [a]"

This was once a well from which the Prophet [s] and his companions drew water to plant and water the date palms in the "Garden of Salman" - as the payment for freeing Salman "al-Muhammadi" from bondage. Behind it is the Bayt al-Huzn of Imam Ali b. al-Husayn [a]

This is the well from which Imam Ali [a] drew water to wash the Prophet's [s] body before burying him. The well is now closed. It is not too far from Salman's garden.

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Masjid Ghamama. Also called Masjid Eid because the Prophet [s] prayed the Eid Prayers (salatul Eid) here. During a drought, the Prophet [s] once also prayed for rain here (salatul istisqa) - giving the "wasta" of his grandson Husayn b. Ali [a]

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Masjid Shajarah. 'Miqat' (place where ihram is put on) for those going to Makkah for umra/hajj. All 14 ma'sumeen have used this mosque as a miqat. The mosque is also called "Abar Ali" by the local residents.

Masjid Ali [a]. Not to be confused with the smaller Masjid Ali [a] at "Khamsa Masajid". This mosque is where Imam Ali [a] led Salatul Jamaat after the Prophet's demise (when he was denied his right to the khilafa). The mosque is behind Masjid Nabawi, near Masjid Ghamama.

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The entrance gate to Masjid Ali [a]. (see previous pic.)

The university of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a]. This is the place where he taught different sciences to over 4000 students. The place has been neglected and is now sealed off. It is not possible to enter the building.

Inside structure of the university of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a]. This picture was taken through a crevice in the wall.

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House of the Prophet's [s] wife Ummul Mu'mineen Mariya Qibtiya (the Coptic) who was also the mother of the Prophet's son Ibrahim. The place is now a neglected cemetery. Sayyida Mariya Qibtiya is buried here. It is believed that the 8th Imam's [a] mother is also buried here.

The white house with a blue top border is called "Bayt Bint al-Yahud". Sayyida Fatima az-Zahra [a] once attended the wedding of a Jewish lady here. The bride died and with the prayers of Sayyida [a], she came back to life.

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Highway leading to Badr

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