Gates of Masjid al-Nabawi (Abwab)

This page enlists all the gates of Masjid al-Nabawi. Original mosque of the prophet Muhammad had only three entrances, Bab ul-Rehmah to the south, Bab e Jibraeel to the west and Bab un-Nissa to the east, although back then these gates were not identified with these names. Today Prophet's Mosque has 43 gates (doors, portals and entrance ways).

Date Landscape Notes Reference
Major Gates
c. 638 CE Bab as-Salam, Masjid al-Nabawi as-Salam Gate (Bab as-Salam, Gate No. 1), built by Caliph Omar circa 640 CE (18 Hj.) in the western wall of the mosque. During the various extensions of the mosque, this door was also moved westward in the same line and today it is not in its original location.
Bab-i Fatah, Masjid al-Nabawi Bab e abi Bakr Siddiq (Gate No. 2), according to ibn Hajr “Small door is called Khukhah” it was near the fifth column west of the pulpit. This small door opened into the mosque. This door was moved westward along the same line during the various expansions of the mosque. During the first expansion by the Saudi Government, it was named Bab Siddique. Bab as-Salam is also partially visible to the right.
c. 622 CE Bab ur Rehmah, Masjid al-Nabawi Bab ur-Rehmah (Gate No. 3), was originally installed by Prophet Muhammad, during the various expansions of the mosque, it was moved westward in line with its original position. Since this door was in front of the house of 'Atika bint 'Abdullah bin Yazeed bin Mu'awiyah (عاتكة بنت عبد الله بن يزيد بن معاوية), it was sometimes called Bab e Atika.
Bab-i Hijrah, Masjid al-Nabawi Hijrah Gate, (Gate No. 4), is a double (twin) arched gate
Bab-i Quba, Masjid al-Nabawi Gate of Quba (Bab-i Quba, Gate No. 5) is located towards the direction of Quba, it is a triple arched gateway on the southern side of the mosque.
King Saud Gate (Gate No. 7, 8, 9)
al-Aqiq Gate (Gate No. 10, 11)
c. 1861 CE Bab-i Fatah, Masjid al-Nabawi Bab e Sultan 'Abdul Majeed (Gate No. 12, 13, 14) was installed by Sultan 'Abdul Majeed I and is also known as Bab e Majeedi in the northern wall.
Umar ibn ul-Khattab Gate (Gate No. 16, 17, 18), situated on the north-western corner of the main complex, offers most direct access to the mosque's library.
Badr Gate (Gate No. 19)
Bab-i al-Malik Fahad, Masjid al-Haram King Fahad Gate (باب الملك فهد) (Gate No. 20, 21, 22), is the main entrance to the Prophet's Mosque from the north.
Ohad Gate (بابِ احد) Gate No. 23
Uthman ibn Affan Gate (باب عثمان ابنِ عفان) (Gate No. 24, 25, 26)
Ali ibn ali Talib Gate (باب على ابن ابى طالب), (Gate No. 28, 29, 30)
abu Zar Ghaffari Gate (باب ابو زر غفارى), (Gate No. 31, 32)
King Abdul Aziz Gate, Masjid al-Nabawi One of the portals of King abd ul-Aziz Gate (باب الملك عبد العزيز) (Gate No. 33, 34, 35)
Makkah Gate (باب مكة, Gate No. 37) is located on the southern side of the main building, and is faced towards Mecca so named as Bab-i Makkah.
Bab-i Bilal, Masjid al-Nabawi Bilal Gate (باب بلال) Gate No. 38
c. 639 CE
c. 17 Hj.
Bab-i Nisa, Masjid al-Nabawi Originally installed by Umar ibn Khattab the al-Nisa Gate (باب النساء) Gate No. 39, was designated for the use of ladies to enter and leave the mosque premises. During the time of Umar bin Abdul Aziz it was exclusively assigned for and used by the ladies.
Bab-i Jibraeel, Masjid al-Nabawi Gate of Jibraeel (باب جبرائـﻴل) Gate No. 40 also known as Bab un-Nabi, is situated to the north of Bab al-Baqi, and is known as the Bab-e Jibraeel because according to tradition, angel Gabriel used to enter Prophet's Mosque through this gate. According to Samhoudi it has been moved east-eards during many expansions of the mosque.
c. 1988 CE
c. 1408 Hj.
Bab-i Baqi, Masjid al-Nabawi al-Baqi Gate (Gate No. 41) (باب البقيع) is located closest to the Prophet Muhammad's burial chamber, and faces Baqi ul-Gharqad. It is located exactly opposite to the Bab as-Salam and a passage connects the two.
Bab-i Fatah, Masjid al-Nabawi Gate of the Imams (Bab al-Aiymah, Gate No. 42), is a small gate located on the southern side of the Masjid al-Nabawi and allows entrance to the Rawdah Rasool section. It is mainly used by Imams and opens up closely to the Mehrab-i Uthmani, the functional mehrab of the Mosque today.
Latest Update: September 23, 2016