Masjid Al Jinn
The picture on the left is Masjid Jinn, also known as Masjid Haras.
Masjid Jinn is also known as Masjid Haras or Masjid Bayah. This Masjid is built on the point where Abdullah ibn Masood رضي الله عنه stopped on the command of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم when they went to meet Jinns who wanted to embrace Islam.
The event which led to the building of this masjid is narrated in Hadith by Abdullah ibn Masood in two slightly different ways.
- Narrated by Ibn Masood رضي الله عنها "While in Makkah once Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) asked Sahaba (R.A) 'Whoever wishes to see jinn who they are all, should come along.' Beside me no one else came. When we reached Maua'ala district of Makkah, Prophet (PBUH) draw a circle on the ground with his foot and instructed me to sit inside it. He proceeded a little and then started reciting Quran and just then jinn started to arrive in troops. So many of them gathered around Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that I couldn’t see nor hear him. Prophet stayed and talked with jinns till Fajar. [Tafseer ibn Kathir]
- In Sahih Muslim it is narrated by Ibn Masood رضي الله عنها Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said "A caller from Jinns came to me, and I went with him and recited Quran to them." He further narrates that Prophet (PBUH) took him and showed him their footsteps and traces of their fire. Sahaba (R.A) asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم about their food and provision. He prayed to Allah and told them, "You will have every bone over which the name of Allah has been mentioned; when it falls into your hands it will have plenty of meat on it. And all droppings are food for your animals.” The prophet (PBUH) also said, "Do not use them (bones and dung) to clean yourselves after relieving yourselves, for they are the food of your brothers.”
In some places it is also stated that at first a jinn or a group of jinn heard Prophet (PBUH) reciting Quran unknowingly and not showing themselves. When they returned to their tribe and told about the book of Allah and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and all the good things he taught. Then the tribe decided to go to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and ask him for his prophethood and God. It was then that the above mentioned incident occurred. The recited verses were from Surah Jinn of Quran in which all the conversation was narrated by Allah, listening to which the tribe accepted the invitation of embracing Islam. Some books also mention that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم led the fajr prayer for the Jinn tribe and for this reason, this Masjid Jinn came into existence.
It is also believed that even now Jinn tribes come and offer prayers in this Masjid. At first this Masjid was used by police for their night meetings, but now it has all the features of masjid. Every day, a charity breakfast is also organized for the people who come for umra and Haj.