Al-Abtah (Arabic: الأبطح), is a wide valley that extends between Makkah and Mina. The Prophet (ﷺ) camped in this area before performing the Hajjatul Wida (The Farewell Hajj). It is also known as Al-Muhassab (Arabic: المحسب).
- Abu Rafi’, who was in charge of the luggage of the Prophet (ﷺ) narrates, “The Prophet (ﷺ) did not command me to stop in Al-Abtah, but I pitched his tent for him there, and he came and stayed there.”
- Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her says, “The Prophet (ﷺ) stopped there because it was easier for him when he wanted to leave, so whoever wanted to, could stop there. And however did not want to, did not do so.”
- The word ‘Abtah’ is derived from the root word ‘bat’h’, which indicates that something is spread and stretched out.
- Al-Abtah is now part of the city of Makkah. There is a long road that runs through it called Al-Abtah Road. It is a wide road, full of buildings and markets, and it is on the route that the pilgrims take from Masjid Al-Haram to Mina.
References: Holy Makkah – Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri