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The Well of Hudaybiah

The Well of Hudaybiah
The Well of Hudaybiah

This well was the site of a miracle by the Prophet (ﷺ) during his stay in Hudaybiah in 6 AH.

Water gushes from the Well of Hudaybiah

  • The Prophet (ﷺ) and the Sahabah camped at Hudaybiyah for a few days during which the ‘Pledge of Ridwan’ and Hudaybiah peace treaty occurred. It was also at Hudaybiyah that some miracles materialised at the hands of the Prophet (ﷺ), adding to the historical significance of the area.
  • Baraa (رضي الله عنه) narrates that the Sahabah numbered fourteen hundred at Hudaybiyah and there was only one well there which had dried up because of constant use. The Prophet (ﷺ) went to the edge of the well and spat a mouthful of water into it. Immediately, water started gushing from the well and all the Sahabah had enough water for themselves and for their animals.
Looking down the Well of Hudaybiah
Looking down the Well of Hudaybiah

Water gushes from the Prophet’s (ﷺ) fingers

  • Another miracle at Hudaybiyah is reported by Jabir (رضي الله عنه). He says that the people were thirsty at Hudaybiah and only the Prophet (ﷺ) had some water in a bucket.
  • When he (ﷺ) started performing wudhu, the people looked at him with great desire for the water. Seeing them stare, the Prophet (ﷺ) asked what the matter was. When they informed him that they had no water for wudhu or for quenching their thirst, the Prophet (ﷺ) put his hand into the same bucket and water started gushing forth from the fingers.
  • Jabir (رضي الله عنه) says that they all then had sufficient water for wudhu and for drinking. When someone asked Jabir (رضي الله عنه) how many they were, he replied, “The water would have been enough for us even if we had been a hundred thousand. However, we numbered fifteen hundred.”

Location of the well

  • The well is today enclosed within an industrial site close to Masjid al-Hudaybiah.
  • Close by is the stone structure below. This is often mistaken to be the well of Hudaybiah. However, this is actually a historic Miqat boundary marker.
Old Hudaybiah Miqat boundary markers
Old Hudaybiah Miqat boundary markers

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