Palace of Urwah is a tourist attraction holding historical significance. It is located in the way from Madinah to Dhul Khulaifah (Abyar Ali) around 3.5 kilometer of Masjid al Nnabawi.
As per historians, Rasoolullahi صلى الله عليه و سلمgifted a piece of land to Bilal bin Harith رضي الله عنهto do cultivation. Later during khilafah of Ameerul Muemineen Umar bin Khatab رضي الله عنه, he summoned Bilal and told him to cultivate in that land what he could and the rest shall be distributed to other people. Accordingly, portion of that land which Bilal could not develop was sold to Khawwat bin Jubair al Ansari رضي الله عنه.
Later in 41 hijri Urwah رضي الله عنهpurchased piece of that land from Khawwat رضي الله عنه. He cultivated in it, dug a well and constructed a big house in it. The house is still intact after almost fourteen centuries passed.
Urwah رضي الله عنهis son of Zubair bin Awwam and Asmaa binth Aboobacker رضي الله عنهم اجمعين. He used to learn from his Aunt, Ummul Muemineen Ayshah al Ssiddiqah رضي الله عنهاteachings of our beloved Rasoolullahi صلى الله عليه و سلم.
Once Urwah رضي الله عنه invited Ayshah رضي الله عنهاto this house and arranged a feast with some fine quality bread. Aysha رضي الله عنهاwept seeing it and told that, during her life with the leader of all creatures Rasoolullahi صلى الله عليه و سلم, she never tasted such quality bread. Subhana Allah…
What a simple life you led oh Rasoolullah! Mountains were ready to present to You by transforming themselves as gold but You refused and opted a super simple lifestyle! Allahumma Salli wa Sallim wa Barik Alika ya Sayyidee ya Qurratha Ainee ya Rasoolullah (اللهم صل و سلم و بارك عليك يا سيدي يا قرة عيني يا رسول الله).
Well of Ghars is among historical wells in Madinah having bond to Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam. Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam drank its water and told his companions to use water in this well to bath Him after His demise. This well is around one kilometer north of Masjid Quba.
The Marital Relations between the family of Prophet( Sallallahu Alaihi va Sallam) and His companions
Poster showing marital relations between the family of Prophet( Sallallahu Alaihi va Sallam) and His companions, erected near the wall of Al Baqee graveyard. It is available in many languages.
Dried mint leaves are sold in packets, available at super markets like Bin Dawood
Read an article about mint in Madinah published in Saudigazette
Zain Al-Abdeen Khaled
Mint leaves of Madinah — known for its refreshing smell and taste –– are very popular among the Kingdom’s residents; and on their way back from the holy city residents usually stop at the little shacks on the side of the road to buy their bundles of aromatic, sparkling green beauties.
Muhammad Al-Hazmi, a mint vendor in Madinah, said the people of Madinah and visitors like the taste of the mint leaves grown there and that is why they buy it. He said people usually mix the leaves in their tea for aroma and flavor. A bundle of mint leaves is sold for SR15 and the price is fixed, Al-Hazmi stated.
Saleh Muhammad said mint leaves of Madinah is popular worldwide, and a few people in Riyadh and Jeddah specialize in growing and selling mint leaves. During the summer season the demand for mint leaves rises tremendously and Muhammad’s daily income ranges between SR2500 – SR3000.
The nature of soil and the sweet water of Madinah are ideal conditions of growing mint. The shape of the mint leaves from Madinah are different from the mint leaves found around the world –– and so is their taste and smell. No wonder it attracts people from all walks of life, who also buy them in bulk to give away as token of love to family and friends.
Hashem Abdul Rahman said the mint leaves need plenty of sunlight and water, and they grow in every season. If they are kept in a shade they will never grow properly, Abdul Rahman said.
Abar Ali farms were known for producing the best type of mint leaves, however, due to the urban expansion the farms are now being turned into residential plots. Hence, mint-growers went to Abbyar Al-Mashi as it has plenty of sweet water, Abdul Rahman said.
The Madina Mayoralty has set up a special site for selling the mint leaves on the prime Al-Hajra road as it connects to Makkah, Jeddah and Yanbu, and from there onwards to other towns and cities.
Due to its popular demand the Madinah Mayoralty oversees the 2,300 square meter market to make sure that the vendors apply the storage hygiene rules while storing the mint leaves.
The market is rented by an investor who further rents them out the shacks to more than 37 vendors, selling mint leaves, in addition to three shops that sell dates.
Mint is one of the oldest herbs grown around the world and is known for numerous health benefits, such as treating a stomach disorder, skin irritation, eliminating toxins from body, relaxing the nervous system among many others. It is also widely used in cooking for enhancing the flavors of the dishes.
In some parts of the world, mint leaves are used as an appetizer, especially in salads while others use it as stuffing in their main course meals.
Madinah Munawwarah, what a blessed land! The place that welcomed Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam and it is place which Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam selected as His city and prayed Allah to bestow His barakah on it.
Yes, Madinah has a lot to say, its mountains, hills, valleys, farm lands, parks, alleys all can says their kinship with the leader of all creators and His companions. Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam used to visit many places in and around Madinah. Some are noted in history books and few are preserved. Alhamdu Lillah!
In our recent visit to the City of Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam we got chance to visit some of these places among them are some wells related to Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam. Here are few snaps of one well water of which was used for bathing Janazah of Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam.
Old photo of Baqee’ cemetery in Madinah with many Qubbas (domes) visible. These domes seemed to be constructed during Uthmaniyya Khilafa were demolished in past century. This photo is published in a book about Baqee’ which I saw in public bookstalls in Madinah.