Masjid Ghamama

This masjid, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Ghamama. It is built on the site where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life.

  • This masjid is also known as Masjid Eid. According to some reports the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Eid salah here during the last four years of his life.
  • This is also the location where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed Salatul Istisqa (a special salah for invocation of rain). The word Ghamama means clouds which suddenly appeared and brought rain after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had performed the prayer.
  • According to some reports, this was also the spot (or close to this area) where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Janaza (funeral) prayer of Najashi, the Emperor of Aksum in Abbyssinia (Ethiopia). Najashi, although being a Christian, had welcomed the groups of Muslims who had migrated to his country in order to escape the persecution of the Quraysh and later on accepted Islam. When however he passed away, there was nobody to lead the funeral prayers and so the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) prayed his Janazah salah, the only time ever he did so in the absence of the actual body.
  • Although there is a Masjid here, there is no five times salah performed due to its proximity with Masjid-e-Nabwi.

References:  Pictorial History of Madinah Munawwarah – Dr.Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, Local Madinah guides