Masjid Al Ghamama
The picture on the left is Masjid Al Ghamama, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Al Ghamama.
Several Masjids in the holy city of Madinah are built so as to restore the important moment or events that happened during the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. One of these mosques is located close to Masjid Nabwi and is known as Masjid Ghamama. Situated 300 meters south west from Masjid Nabwi, this masjid is built on the spot where salat ul istasqa (a prayer offered when there is no rain for long time) was offered by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Once some people of Madinah came to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and appealed about the shortage of rain and water and their sufferings due to it. So the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم summoned people and offered namaz e istasqa. Immediately, the clear sky was covered with black rain clouds, and it started to rain shortly. This practice is followed today also. When there is no rain for a long time and people face shortage of water, they offer namaz e istasqa to ask Allah for rain. Ghamama in Arabic language means “rain clouds”, and the name of this masjid refers to the incident of sudden rain after prayer for rain was offered at that very spot. Some reports say that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم offered eid salah in this Masjid. In this regard this masjid is sometimes referred as Masjid al-eid. It is also reported that at this place the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم offered Janazah of Najashi, the king of Abasynia. He was Christian but welcomed the groups of the Muslims who had migrated to his country in order to escape the persecution of the Quraish. He gave warm welcome to the Muslim delegation and offered complete protection. Later on he embraced Islam after observing the Muslims. When he passed away there was no one who could lead his Janazah, so the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم prayed his funeral prayers, the only time ever, in the absence of the actual body. Building of mosques like this mosque, as memorials of special events during the life of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم was done during the reign of Khalifa Umer bin Abdulaziz. He ordered building of mosques at every place where the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم offered prayers. This practice was continued later by Sultan Abdul Majeed Al Uthmani. Recently King Fahad bin Abdul Azeez Al Saud renovated all these mosques. This Masjid is in right front corner of Masjid Al Nabavi some 300 meters away from the current gate to courtyard of the Masjid.