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Masjid al-Fatah

Front view of Masjid Fatah
Front view of Masjid Fatah

Masjid al-Fatah (Arabic: مسجد الفتح) is where the Prophet (ﷺ) made dua (supplication) during the Battle of Khandaq and where Allah (ﷻ) sent him the glad tidings of victory.

Supplications of the Prophet (ﷺ)

  • Jabir (رضي الله عنه) reports that the Prophet (ﷺ) made dua for three days (after the ritual prayers).
  • From amongst his supplications were:
    “O Allah, Revealer of the Book, swift in taking account, turn the confederates to flight, O Lord defeat them and cause them to quake.”
    There is no God but Allah, the One who conferred upon His armies the honour of victory and helped His servant and routed the confederates alone; there is nothing after that.”
Interior of Masjid al-Fatah
Interior of Masjid al-Fatah – Photo: @ABAIOqbi (Twitter)

The prayers are answered

  • On the third day of the siege, between Zohar and Asar, Allah (ﷻ) answered the call of His Messenger. Jibraeel (عليه السلام) was sent to give him the good news that Allah (ﷻ) had responded to his prayer and promised him victory. Masjid al-Fatah marks the spot where this happened. Fatah is Arabic for victory.
  • Soon after, a fierce wind raged that dispersed the pagan confederates and the siege was lifted.

Other names for Masjid al-Fatah

  • Masjid Fatah is also known as Masjid Ahzab and Masjid A’la. A masjid existed here at the time of the Prophet (ﷺ).
  • It is one of the group of masjids known collectively as Masaajid Sab’ah (The Seven Mosques), the others being Masjid Salman Farsi, Masjid Ali, Masjid Umar, Masjid Sa’ad, Masjid Abu Bakr and the seventh is Masjid Qiblatain. Some of these masjids have now been dismantled.

References:  History of Madinah Munawwarah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, Muhammad – Martin Lings