al-Ghars Well (بئر غرس)

Gharas denotes cultivating a plant, Rabah used to bring the water from this well to Prophet Muhammad. Located approximately one and a half kilometer north of Masjid Quba, al-Ghars well was a place from which the Prophet drank and made a request that he be bathed with its water after his demise.


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circa 620 CE

The Bir Ghars, is now defunct and not in use any more. Some debris can be seen at the dried up bottom of the Ghars well. Current linning wall is built with volcanic rock and baked bricks at the top with mortar. The current well is enclosed within a circular wall and access inside is not permitted. The site is currently under management of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

circa 620 CE

It is situated in Bat'haan valley in al-'Awali region. Richard Burton who travelled to Arabia in circa 1850s, writes in his book, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah, "The Bir al-Ghars, Gharas or Ghurs, so called, it is said, from the place where it was sunk, about half a mile N.W. of the Kuba Mosque, is a large well with an abundance of water." So apparently though now dried up it was still in use till mid-nineteenth century CE.

circa 620 CE

According to Fouad Al-Maghmasi, a researcher on the history of Madinah, al-Ghars Well is one of the landmarks of Madinah that has been linked to Prophet Muhammad. Ghars is one of the wells preferred by prophet Muhammad, for its freshness and from which water was usually brought to him. Ibn Majar quoted Ali ibn Abu Talib as saying, the Prophet said: “When I die, wash me with seven water-skins from Al-Ghars Well. He also used to drink from this well.”



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