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Bir Tuwa (Well of Tuwa)

The building containing the well of Tuwa
The building containing the well of Tuwa

The Well of Tuwa (Arabic: بئر طوى) is a historic well situated in the Valley of Tuwa (Dhi Tuwa). Before the conquest of Makkah, the Prophet (ﷺ) spent the night in the valley, took a bath using the water from this well and then performed salah. Then he entered Makkah.

Practice of Abdullah bin Umar (رضي الله عنه)

  • Nafi’ reported that Abdullah bin Umar (رضي الله عنه) did not enter Makkah without spending the night at Dhi Tuwa until it was dawn, when he took a bath, and then entered Makkah in the morning, and made a mention that Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) did that. [Muslim]
The Well of Tuwa
The remains of the well

Mosque at Dhi Tuwa

  • A mosque had been constructed at the place near where the Prophet (ﷺ) performed salah. However, it has now been demolished. The Tuwa Well still remains.
Historic photo of the Well of Tuwa
Historic photo of the Well of Tuwa
  • According to one report, this is also the area where the Quraysh camped to prepare their forces before the Battle of Badr.

References: The History of Makkah Mukarramah – Dr.Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, ZiyarahGPS