Tomb of Khalid ibn al-Waleed

By the Editors of the Madain Project

The tomb of Khalid ibn al-Waleed (ضريح خالد بن الوليد) is located within the Mosque of Khalid ibn al-Waleed in Homs, Syria. Originally a small mosque was supposedly built adjacent to the mausoleum of Khalid ibn al-Walid in the 7th century CE. The shrine containing the tomb of the companion of prophet Muhammad was destroyed, circa 2013 CE, during the Syrian Civil War.


Tomb of Khalid ibn al-Waleed is considered to be a "significant pilgrimage center". Modern shrine of Khalid's tomb contains an ornate dome and interiors that depict over 50 victorious battles that he commanded. Starting in the Ayyubid period in Syria (1182–1260 CE), Homs has obtained fame as home of the purported tomb and mosque of Khalid. The 12th-century CE Arab traveler Ibn Jubayr (d. 1217) noted that the tomb contained the graves of Khalid and his son Abd al-Rahman.

Tomb of Khalid ibn al-Waleed


circa 642 CE

Previous shrine dated back to the medieval times, and was renovated several times over the centuries until it was finally destroyed in the Civil War of Syria. Muslim tradition since the 12th century has placed Khalid's tomb in the city. The building was altered by the first Ayyubid sultan Saladin (r. 1171–1193) and again in the 13th century. During his 17th-century visit to the mausoleum, the Muslim scholar Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi agreed that Khalid was buried there but also noted an alternative Islamic tradition that the grave belonged to Mu'awiya's grandson Khalid ibn Yazid (d. 704).

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