Masjid Al-Fatah – One of the seven mosques
Masjid Al-Fatah is the most significant and largest of the group of the great Seven Mosques in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
Masjid Al-Fatah is where the Messenger (PBUH) of Allah SWT made dua (supplication) during the Battle of Khandaq, in which Muslims emerged victorious.
Masjid Al-Fatah is also known as Masjid A’la and Masjid Ahzab. Keep reading to learn more about Masjid Al-Fatah and its significance in Islam.
What Is the Significance of Masjid Al-Fatah?
Fatah is an Arabic word that means ‘conquest’ or ‘victory.’ Masjid Al-Fatah is one of the significant seven historical mosques in Islam.
According to Islamic history, it is where the Messenger (PBUH) of Allah SWT supplicated (made dua) during the Battle of Trench, and Allah SWT sent him (PBUH) glad tidings in this regard.
Jabir (RA) reported that during the Battle of Khandaq, after his ritual prayers, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made dua for three days asking Allah SWT to grant the Muslims victory. Among his duas was, “O Allah SWT, Revealer of the Book, swift in taking account, turn the confederates to flight, O Lord, defeat them and cause them to quake.”
“There is no God but Allah SWT, the One who conferred upon His armies the honour of victory and helped His servant and routed the confederates alone; there is nothing after that.”
Thus, on the third day of the siege, between the Zuhr and Asr prayers, Allah SWT answered the prayers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Almighty sent Angel Jibreel (AS) to give the good news to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Masjid Al-Fatah is constructed on the same spot where this event took place. Soon after, a fierce wind raged over the site, dispersing the pagan army and ending the war (siege).
It is narrated that the mosque was named “Al-Fatah” because Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) prayed here during the Battle of Khandaq, and the battle ended in victory for the Muslims.
Masjid Al-Fatah is believed to be a key place of worship and is visited by millions of Muslims every year.
Where Is Masjid Al-Fatah Located?
Masjid Al-Fatah is located at the base of Mount Sala on its western point in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. It is a small mosque atop a small cliff that marks the location where the Battle of Trench took place.
Alongside Masjid Al-Fatah are the following mosques: Salman Al-Farsi Mosque, Umer bin Khattab Mosque, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq Mosque, Al-Qiblatain Mosque, Fatimah Az-Zahra Mosque, and Ali bin Abi Talib Mosque.
Battle of Khandaq
The Battle of Khandaq, also known as the Battle of the Confederates, was a 30-day-long siege in Madinah by Jewish and Arab tribes. Allah SWT in the Holy Quran uses the word ‘confederate’ to indicate the Confederacy of Jews and Pagans against Islam.
As soon as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) got the news of Jews rallying against Muslims, he (PBUH) suggested that the Muslims dig a trench around Madinah.
The Confederate army repeatedly failed despite trying multiple times to cross the trench. Therefore, they decided to lay a siege on Madinah for 30 nights.
However, the Confederate army became restless as the days passed, and Amr challenged the Muslims to a duel. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) accepted the challenge and sent Ali ibn Abi Talib to fight for the Muslims, resulting in the victory of the righteous.
It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) predicted the victory of the Muslims even before the war began. He (PBUH) said, “This is Quraysh’s last attempt to destroy Islam and Muslims, and from now on, we will rule over them.”
What Country Is Al-Fateh Grand Mosque In?
Al-Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Bahrain. It is located next to the Al-Fateh Highway in Juffair, the suburban neighbourhood of Manama.
Is Masjid Nimra in Arafat?
Yes, Masjid Nimra is located in Arafat in the sacred city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Summary – Masjid Al-Fatah
Masjid Al-Fatah is the largest of the group of the Seven Mosques in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. It marks the site where the Messenger (PBUH) of Allah SWT prayed for the victory of Muslims during the Battle of Khandaq.
Even though the Al-Fatah mosque is visited by millions of Muslims every year, there is no account in Islamic Sharia regarding the virtue of visiting the mosque.