Jameh Syed al-Shohada Mosque

By the Editors of the Madain Project

The Jameh Sayed al-Shohada (جامع سيد الشهداء), also the Masjid al-Shohada, is located in Sayed as Shuhada area of Medina it was completed in 2017 CE. The mosque is named after Sayed al-Shohada Hamzah ibn Abdul Muttalib (حمزة ابن عبد المطّلب) who was a companion and paternal uncle of the Nabī (نَبي) Muhammad, he was martyred at Uhud Battle.


The new mosque building at night; it was completed circa 2017 and casted SR42 million. The mosque is located in the center of the Sayyid Al-Shuhada area in Uhud. The newly built Masjid al-Shohada has one dome and two minarets. The mosque as seen from the south with Jabal Rumah hiding it partially.

Although there's no religious significance attached to the area or the this mosque, still pilgrims flock here to offer salah and nawafil. The sole significance of this mosque is historical, being the site of one of the major battles of early Islam. Although a nearby mosque, known as Masjid al-Fasa'h, is believed to be the spot where prophet Muhammad offered Zuhur prayer on the day of the battle.

Brief History

circa 600 CE

Ottoman Era
During the Ottoman period a small shrine was built over the grave of Hamza, and a mosque-structure was constructed adjacent to it. The Ottoman era masjid of Hamza ibn Muttalib Sayyed al-Shuhada, Medina. Originally re-built over an earlier smaller mosque structure, it was demolished in 1950s to make room for the new structure. The battle of Uhud was fought on this site on March 19, 625 CE (3 Shawwal 3 AH in the Islamic calendar) at the valley located in front of Mount Uhud, in what is now northwestern Arabia.

circa 600 CE

Saudi Era
Old mosque building that was demilished in April 2012 to make space available for the new building. This succeeded an earlier Ottoman era mosque. It is the site where Prophet Mohammed took part in one of the most important battles in Islamic history, the battle of Uhud. The site also houses a cemetery where the bodies of 70 of the Prophet’s followers were buried following the battle. The remains of the older Ottoman era Masjid al-Fas'h are located to the north.

Current Mosque Architecture

circa 600 CE

The western facade and the entrance to the mosque, with western minaret. The building of the mosque is a blend of modernity and traditional architecture. The mosque drives its fame from the nearby tombs of the Uhud martyrs, and is the largest mosque in the city after the Masjid e Nabawi. There are about seven other smaller mosques in the same vicinity.

circa 600 CE

Main Prayer Hall
The interior of the mosque's main prayer hall looking towards the mehrab (southern wall). The masjid Sayyid al-Shohada can hold up to 15,000 people and covers a total area of ​​8947.41 square meters.

circa 600 CE

Administrative Block
The administrative block of the mosque, with wudu stations for the visitors/pilgrims. In 2010-12 the need for the expansion was felt as the Sayed al-Shohada region was witnessing a large turnout of visitors from around the world, who want to identify a famous battle site, and visit the graves of the martyrs of Uhud.

circa 600 CE

Cemetery-Mosque Pilgrimage Complex
An aerial view of the Jameh Sayed al-Shohada, with Shuhada Uhud Cemetery in the upper left corner. The open area to the south (lower left corner and lower middle) is reserved for make-shift vendors' market. The main perking and the administrative block is located to the east (right) of the main mosque complex. Buses and other vehicles converge on the Uhud martyrs square, which becomes every year, specially during Ramadan, a significant attraction.

circa 600 CE

Grave of Hamzah
The Grave of Hamza near Mount Uhud in the Uhad Martyrs Cemetery. Prophet Muhammad and the Muslims buried the martyrs of Uhud on the battlefield, returning home that evening. Ibn al-Athir gives the names of 85 Muslims killed in the battle of Uhud.

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