Places related to Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) are of high importance. Then what about places where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had prayed? Yes, there are many places in and around Makkah and Madinah where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) offered special prayers. Some places where He prayed for a long time for the Ummah Al Islamiyyah.
It was during battle of Khandaq (called Al Ahzab in Quran) when infidel army from Makkah came to capture and demolish Madinah, the city of Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). It was in 5th Hijri year when Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his companions were not well equipped with enough provisions for a battle. Salmanul Farisi (رضي الله عنه) a renowned companion then put forth the idea of digging a wide and deep trench at entrance of Madinah.
Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) approved the idea and they dug a deep, wide and long trench along valley of the hill Sila’ (جبل سلع). It was an effortful job undertaken by Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his companions counting more than a thousand. They completed the trench, though countered by lack of food and fatigue. I might write more detailed account relating miracles happened in Khandaq in another post. ان شاء الله
As expected Makkah mushriks came and was baffled to see the deep and wide trench. Army of Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had already taken positions in strategic areas around the hill. Unable to advance, the Makkah mushriks stayed near the trench expecting food and provisions of Muslim army will dry out and finally they might come for confrontation with them.
Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) stayed in a place and prayed to Allah for His mercy and special help for almost three days. Allah helped His beloved and the Ummah Al Islamiyya. Verily, He is the supporter of His believers. He sent down a rain storm which terrorized the enemies and they had to flee the ground. They left their belongings and valuables including cooked food thus offering a feast to Muslim army. The battle ended without much bloodshed and the army of Islam winning! الحمد لله
There were seven Masjids later built at positions where main groups of Sahaba had took positions near the hill. There are only four Masjids seen nowadays. Unfortunately the trench dug by Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his companions with a lot of effort and pain was recently filled and a road is paved over it. Luckily Masjdul Fath is preserved where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) offered his special supplication to Allah.
Many people visit Khandaq and especially Masjdul Fath. It was very much crowded inside Masjidul Fath and many people were offering two rakaa’th prayers where Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had prayed.