Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery

Bab al-Rahamh cemetery (Gate of Mercy Cemetery) is located along the Eastern Wall of the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). This choice of burial grounds probably reflects theological beliefs concerning the last judgment and resurrection connected to the Mount of Olives and the Asihara area (north of Herod's Gate).

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Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery along the eastern wall of Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. The cemetery was probably initiated in the tenth century CE, although some of the graves in the cemetery are believed to date back as early as the seventh century.

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The Grave of Shadad ibn 'Aws

Shadad ibn 'Aws, a companion of Prophet Muhammad, is one of the notable interments of Bab al-Rahmah cemetery.

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The Mercy Gate (Bab al-Rahamh) might have allowed direct access in to the Bab al-Rahamh graveyard, before is was walled up. It was named after the Mercy Graveyard located in front of it and where Prophet Mohammad’s companions Ash-Shadad bin Aws and Obada bin As-Samet are believed to be buried. A local tradition also mentions that Imam al-Ghazali might have atayed here in a chamber located inside the upper story of the structure.

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Entrance to the Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery

Entrance to the Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery on the northern side of the graveyard, it is located close to the Lion's Gate of the old city.

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Mount of Olives from Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery

View of the Mount of Olives from Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery, the two large stone structures at the bottom are the (from left to right) tomb of Benei Hazir and tomb of Absalom (cubical structure with pyramid on top).

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Mount of Olives from Bab al-Rahamh Cemetery

The Funeral’s Gate is one of Al-Aqsa’s hidden gates, located on its eastern wall. Its name stems from the fact that it was used by Muslims restrictedly to carry out funerals to Al-Rahma (Mercy) Graveyard. Today, the gate is permanently closed.

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