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Bab al-Saghir cemetery

Bab al-Saghir cemetery
Structures and graves in the cemetery Photo: lovedamascus.com

The Bab al-Saghir cemetery is situated close to the Umayyad Mosque and contains the graves of several eminent Sahabah (companions of the Prophet (ﷺ)) 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 (ﷻ) knows best:

  • Umm Kulthum, daughter of Ali (رضي الله عنه) and Fatima (رضي الله عنها)
  • Bilal-bin-Rabah, the Muezzin (caller to prayer) of the Prophet (ﷺ)
  • Muawiyah (رضي الله عنه)
  • Tomb of Fidha, the maid of Fatima (رضي الله عنها), the daughter of the Prophet (ﷺ)
  • Asma, wife of Jafar Tayyar (رضي الله عنه)
  • Kamaid bin Aswad al-Kindi, companion of Ali (رضي الله عنه)
  • Tomb of Obay ibn Ka’b (رضي الله عنه), husband of Halima, nursing mother of the Prophet (ﷺ)

Note that the tombs of two of the wives of the Prophet (ﷺ), 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 (ﷺ).


References:  Local guide, Wikipedia.

Note that this entry has been shown for information purposes only. On no account should anybody pray to a grave or seek supplication through them as this is tantamount to committing shirk, associating partners with Allah (ﷻ)