Seven Madinah mosques popular with visitors

Updated 25 July 2013

Seven Madinah mosques popular with visitors

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.


GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

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GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

  • Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries
  • Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack 'threatens security and stability in the region'

JEDDAH: The head of the GCC condemned on Sunday a Houthi attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant.

The militants claimed 10 drones struck the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the border with the UAE.

Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries and operations were uninterrupted.

GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack was a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region.”

“The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply,” he said.

He called on the international community to condemn the Houthi’s attacks.

The militants, who are based in Yemen and backed by Iran, have previously used crude kamikaze drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom.

In May, the Houthis attacked two oil pumping stations with drones but caused no disruption to operations.

They have also repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, including a strike in June that killed a Syrian and wounded 21 others.

The attack on Saturday was widely condemned, including by the UAE. 

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih said the attack was not only aimed at Saudi Arabia “but also against the global economy.”

The Houthis sparked the conflict in Yemen when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government.