The Seven Mosques in Medina, Saudi Arabia is a network of mosques. Pilgrims often visit it during the Hajj or Umra because of its history which is linked to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Story of the Seven Mosques in Medina is quite interesting and we are going to discuss it here in this article.
As per the SPA (Saudi Press Agency), the seven mosques are connected to The Battle of Trench (Ghazwa e Khandaq) aka Battle of the Confederates (Ghazwa e Ahzab). These are situated near a part of the trench on the western side of Moutain Sala’. Muslims dug that trench during the time of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) to defend medina from the armies of Quresh and tribes.
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Muslims were posted in these mosques when they were defending Medina and each of these seven mosques were named after the Muslim who was posted there; Masjid Al-Fath wasn an exception. The names of these mosques from South to North are Fatimah Az-Zahra Mosque, Ali bin Abi-Talib Mosque, Umar Bin Khattab Mosque, Abu-Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque, Salman Al Farsi Mosque and Al-Fath Mosque. However, the story of the seven Mosques does not end here, there is more to it.
Masjid Al-Qiblatayn Mosque
Historians say that the number of mosques was six in real. They added Masjid Al-Qiblatayn, which is 1 km away from them, later into these six. It was added because those muslims who visit these six mosques also usually visit Al-Qiblatayn Mosque with them. There is also an important history attached to this Masjid that is our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received a command from Allah to change the direction of prayer (Qiblah) from Jerusalem to Makkah. Hence, there were two Mihraabs in this Masjid, but due to the recent changes the old Mihraab facing Jerusalem was removed and the other which is facing to the Makkah was left only.
The largest one of them all is Masjid Al-Fath aka Masjid Al-Ahzab. It was constructed above the hill in the west area of Sala’ Mountain. They call it Al-Ahzab Mosque too because Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) used to pray in this mosque during Ghazwa Al-Khandaq). It was named Al-Fath because Surah Al-Fath of the Quran was revealed in this place. The Surah was revealed as the result of battle which was triumphed by the Muslims.