Gates of Masjid al-Haram (Abwab)

Five major gates lead entry into the modern Sacred Mosque, along these five major gates there are several other minor gates as well. The gates bear the name of significant people, incidents and places throughout history, a few gates are named after political individuals as well. Originally there were no actual architectural installations as "gates" merely the passages to the area of al-Haram, and these passages were named after tribes living near by

Major Gates triple or double arched gates with one or twin minarets
Minor Gates smaller single arched gates without minarets

Date Landscape Notes Reference
Major Gates
Bab-i Fatah, Masjid al-Haram Bab-i Fatah (gate of victory) is located on the southern side of the Haram Complex. According to an unverified tradition it is the site from which prophet Muhammad entered the city of Mecca on the day of Meccan Conquest, hence the name "Gate of Victory".
Bab-i Safa, Masjid al-Haram Bab-i Safa (Safa Gate) circa 1940 CE
Malik abd ul-Aziz Gate Latest reconstruction of Malik abd ul-Aziz Gate, which is located at the Yemenite corner of the Masjid al-Haram complex, opposite Ajyad Street
Bab-i Umrah, Masjid al-Haram Bab al-Umrah (Umrah Gate), according to a tradition prophet Muhammad entered into Mecca for the purpose of Umrah (his last Umrah), in April of year 629 CE.
Bab-i Fahad, Masjid al-Haram Bab al-Fahad (King Fahad Gate), is located on the eastern edge of the al-Haram Complex and provides access to the eastern outer prayer area of the mosque. It was installed during the second Saudi expansion project carried out between 1982-1988 CE. Two minarets were constructed on either sides of the three portal gate.
Minor Gates
Bab-i Hudaibiya (Hudaibiya Gate)
Bab-i Medina (Medina Gate)
Bab ul-Quds
Bab al-Shamiyah
Bab al-Nidwah
Bab-i Umer (Omer Gate)
Bab-i Qureysh (Quraish Gate)
Bab-i Mina (Mina Gate)
Bab-i 'Arafah ('Arafat Gate)
Bab al-Muhassib (Muhassib Gate)
Bab al-Murad
Looking towards Safa from outside Marwah Gate Bab al-Marwah (al-Marwah Gate), looking towards Safa from outside Marwah Gate
Looking towards Safa from outside Marwah Gate Bab al-Mud'ah, provides access to Massa (Say'ee) ground floor
Bab al-Mu'alah (Mu'alah Gate)
Bab al-Hujoon (al-Hujoon Gate)
Bab-i Bani Shaeba (Bani Shaebah Gate)
Bab as-Salam (Tranquility Gate), pronounced as bāb assalām, literally translated into English means "Gate of Peace", also called the door of the sons of Shihab in relation to Shaybah bin Othman, who lived near the Kaaba and was next to his house. known as the “Bani Sheeba” gate, and it is the door from which pilgrims enter to perform the Arrival Tawaf. It was renewed by Sultan Soleiman Khan in 931 AH.
Bab al-Nabi (Gate of the Prophet)
An old picture of the tripple arched gate leading into the Sa'yee route. Bab-i 'Abbas (the Gate of 'Abbas)
Bab-i 'Ali (Gate of 'Ali) on the eastern bank of the Sayee Gallery, it is also used for the funerals as well.
Bab-i Bani Hashim (Gate of Bani Hashim)
Bab-i Dar ul-Arqam (Gate of Arqam's House)
Bab-i Ism'ail (Gate of Ismael)
Bab-i Hunain (Gate of Hunain)
Bab-i Bilal (Gate of Bilal)
Bab-i A'hyar
Latest Update: September 25, 2016
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