al-Rayah Mosque (Mecca)

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The Masjid al-Rayah (مسجد الراية), from Arabic "Mosque of the Banner", referring to the war banner of Prophet Muhammad at the Conquest of Mecca (فتح مكة), is a small memorial mosque in the Shi'b 'Aamir (Valley of 'Aamir). It is located in the as-Sulaymaniyyah district east of the Masjid al-Shajarah and south-east to the historic mosque of the Masjid al-Jinn (مسجد الجن).

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Islamic historic accounts relate that prophet Muhammad entered the city of Mecca on the day of the Fateh Makkah from here.

The Masjid Shajarah and the al-Mualla Cemetery are located to the west across the Masjid al-Haram Road.

It is a small mosque, evelated a couple feet from the surrounding ground level. The mosque is entered from a gate in the western wall. The modern structure is topped by a dome and a small round minaret.

Brief History


The mosque is believed to have been first built by 'Abdullah bin Abbas bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Abbas, and subsequently it was rebuilt by Abbasid Caliph al-Mu'atasim circa year 1243 CE (640 Hj.). Dr. Abdul Wahhab Abu Suleiman stated that the mosque was renovated in the year 1973/74 (1394 Hj.) and it was called the King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Mosque. It was built a modern building topped by a dome and a minare

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