Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

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Updated 25 May 2018
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Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

  • In the 9th year after Hijrah, as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
  • To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah.
In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.
It was made of stone, and mud was used to cover its walls, but it has undergone several restorations.
“Mention of the mosque can be found in many renowned scientific sources,” Abdullah Kaber, a researcher in Madinah’s development authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said Masjid Al-Izam has attracted the attention of King Salman, who is focused on restoring a number of historic mosques across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is planning to develop tourism in Al-Ula since it houses many historical sites and relics.


Kuwait, Bahrain congratulate Saudi Arabia on National Day

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were congratulated on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day. (SPA)
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Kuwait, Bahrain congratulate Saudi Arabia on National Day

JEDDAH: The Kuwaiti and Bahraini ambassadors to Saudi Arabia congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day. 

Kuwaiti Ambassador Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said it is an occasion to celebrate Saudi security, stability and well-being. Distinguished bilateral ties are constantly developing, he added.

Bahraini Ambassador Sheikh Hamoud Al-Khalifa said Saudi Arabia’s domestic, regional and international achievements have gained admiration and respect worldwide.