The picture on the left shows Maqbaratul Al Ma’la, the principle historical graveyard in Makkah which is located in a valley east of the Masjid ul Haram.
Jannat-ul-Mua'ala (Garden of Mua'ala) is historical graveyard of Makkah City, located inside the valley, south-east to Masjid-e-Haram; also known as Al-Hajoun.
This cemetery has many burials from Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم family, ancestors and companions before migration of Madinah.
Following personalities out of many are as follows:
- Abd-Manaf :- great-great grandfather of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم
- Hashim :- great grandfather of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم
- Abd-ul Muttalib :- grandfather of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم
- Aamina :- Mother of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم
- Khadija رضي الله عنها :- Wife of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم
- Abu Talib ibn Abd-ul Muttalib :- Uncle of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and Father of Ali
- Qasim : - the eldest son of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم from his wife Khadija (R.A); he died in infancy.
- 8. Abdullah :- the second son of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم from his wife Khadija (R.A); he was also known as Tahir and Tayyab.
Some of the other Muslims followers are also in this cemetery:
- Abu Turab al-Zahiri :- 20th-century Muslim Cleric
- Muhammad Alawi :- Sunni Muslim Cleric
- Agha Mirza Muhammad al-Istrabadi :-Author of Rijal al-Kabir wa Ayat al-Ahkam
- Sayyid Mir Muhammad Mu'min al-Istrabadi :-Author of Al-Ruj'a.
- Sayyid al-Shahid Mir Zeinul Abideen
- Sheikh Muhammad
- Ibn Sheikh Muhammad :- Buried beside his father
After prophethood only two major people were buried here before migration to Madinah; Hazrat Khadija رضي الله عنها and Abu Talib. All the other followers or family members of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم are in Baqee.
Before 1925 there were tombs marking the graves of higher ranking people in Jannat-ul Maua'ala and Jannat ul Baqi, these tombs were demolished by Saudi King, Ibn Saud. This demolishing of tombs was not only for jannat-ul-Maua'la and jannat-ul-baqi but every shrine was demolished. Many markings were restored but not as clear as in Jannat-ul-baqi.
This is a sacred place and a very respectable but just for reciting fateha for the Souls residing in there but no nawafil aur sujood should be practiced inside graveyard or towards graves.
Mua’ala is smaller in area than Baqi and is no longer open for common people mostly it is nowadays available for royal family or for the ones with wasiyat.
This place is now the only and lonely place that has witnessed the era before migration and early life of Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم.
This graveyard has all its surrounding areas as residential and commercial unlike Baqi as it has now entered the outer part of Grand Mosque.