Diary of A Haji: 21 Days for the Holy Land
May 12, 1994:
for Tahajjud prayer. I went for Tahajjud and Fajr prayers and came back, and did my breakfast.
Around 7:30, we held a meeting to talk about Imran. What to do, how to inform his family and so forth. Imran's fate was still unknown to us.
We then went to visit Mount Uhud, the site of the battle of Trench, Masjid Qiblatain, Masjid Juma and Masjid Quba.
Mount Uhud: It is a small hilltop of what is perhaps left of the mount. I saw a graveyard where Hadrat Hamza and other martyrs of the battle are buried.
The Kuffar traveled over 400 km from Makkah to destroy Islam. It must have been a long journey, but they were determined.
My heart was filled with emotions. A young Saudi boy led a Dua to offer at the graveyard. It was interesting to see "Dua leaders" who were being paid for their services.
Site of the battle of Trench: The trench was not there any more, but we visited several small Masjids at the site. These were named after Hadrat Fatima, Umar, Abu Bakr, and others.
Abu Bakr's Masjid was being rebuilt. If I remember it correctly, someone told me that Hadrat Fatima's Masjid is where her tent was during the siege. It was close to the mountains on a high ground.
We tried to pray at each Masjid. Due to too many visitors and [the] small sizes of these Masjids, they became crowded very soon.
Masjid Qiblatain: It is the Masjid where during the Zuhr prayer, the revelation came to the Prophet to change the Qiblah from Jerusalem to Makkah. Qiblatain means two Qiblahs.
Masjid Juma: The first Juma Khutba was given by the Prophet in this Masjid.
Masjid Quba: It was the first Masjid of Islam in Madinah. According to a Hadith [in Ahmad, Nasai, Ibn Maja and Al-Hakim], a prayer in this Masjid is equivalent to an Umra in rewards and blessings. We prayed Zuhr Salah there and came home very sleepy.
The Asr time came and we went to the Prophet's Masjid and stayed there till Isha. It was
extremely hard to stay awake but I somehow managed. We came back at around 10:30 p.m. and had [slept] much better this time. [At] around 3:00 a.m. we went back for Tahajjud and Fajr.
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