Madinah

Ghamama Mosque

This mosque, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Ghamama. It is built on the site where the Prophet peace be upon him, performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life. It is also known as Masjid Eid. According to some reports the Prophet peace be upon him performed the Eid salah here during the last four years of his life. This is also the location where the Prophet peace be upon him performed Salatul Istisqa (a special salah for invocation of rain). The word Ghamama means clouds which suddenly appeared and brought rain after the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him had performed the prayer. According to some reports, this was also the spot (or close to this area) where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Janaza (funeral) prayer of Najashi, the Emperor of Aksum in Abbyssinia (Ethiopia). Najashi, although being a Christian, had welcomed the groups of Muslims who had migrated to his country in order to escape the persecution of the Quraysh and later on accepted Islam. When however he passed away, there was nobody to lead the funeral prayers and so the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) prayed his Janazah salah, the only time ever he did so in the absence of the actual body.