Bab al-Saghir cemetery

The Bab al-Saghir cemetery is situated close to the Umayyad Mosque and contains the graves of several eminent Sahabah (companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)) and pious predecessors.

These are some of the personalities said to be buried here. This is based on knowledge passed down and has not been independently verified, Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) knows best:

  • Umm Kulthum, daughter of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) and Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her)
  • Bilal-bin-Rabah, the Muezzin (caller to prayer) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
  • Muawiyah (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Tomb of Fidha, the maid of Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her), the daughter of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
  • Asma, wife of Jafar Tayyar (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Kamaid bin Aswad al-Kindi, companion of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Tomb of Obay ibn Ka’b (may Allah be pleased with him), husband of Halima, nursing mother of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
Note that the tombs of two of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him),Umm Salama and Ramlah bint Abi-Sufyan (aka Umm Habeebah) are present here but it is highly doubtful that they contain the actual bodies. The structures were likely to have been created to encourage ziyarat to the area. The vast majority of scholars are of the opinion that they are buried in Jannatul-Baqi in Madinah, along with most of the remaining wives (Ummahatul Mu’mineen) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

Note also that this entry has been shown for information purposes only. On no account should anybody pray towards these graves or seek supplication through them as this is tantamount to committing shirk, associating partners with Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He).

Reference:  Local guide, Wikipedia.