Al-Ghamama Mosque: Where a Prophet prayed for rain
مسجد الغمامة في المدينة المنورة .. رسالة الرحمة
11 DEC 2020
Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi
There are many historical mosques dotted in and around the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. One of the oldest is Al-Ghamama Mosque, located exactly 500 meters west of the Prophet’s Mosque’s As-Salam door. “Ghamama” translates as “cloud”, and this place of worship was named as such after the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had performed Salat ul-Istasqa (rain prayer) at the location in aid of the city, which had been going through a drought. Following his prayer, it is narrated that rain clouds covered the area.
A Prophet’s prayer
It is also narrated that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) performed an Eid prayer at Al-Ghamama Mosque in the year 631. According to some reports, this was also the area where the Messenger (pbuh) performed the funeral prayer of Ethiopian Emperor Najashi.
The mosque’s historical significance has attracted visitors to Madinah, especially as daily prayers are no longer held there because of its proximity to the Prophet’s Mosque. It was built during the reign of the Caliph Umar and renovated several times later.
The mosque is rectangular shaped and has six circular-shaped domes of varying sizes. It is composed of two parts – an entrance area and a prayer room. The rectangular-shaped entrance has a length of 26 meters and a width of four meters, with five circles drawn on the facade. The prayer room has a length of 30 meters and a width of 15 meters. The largest dome is on top of the mihrab. This architectural masterpiece reflected the creativity of Islamic engineering at the time.