Daily Archives: May 27, 2008

A Virtue of al-Ahsa

Salam
Much has been mentioned regarding the unfortunate disappearance of historical sites of religious significance in Saudia Arabia. One such place which still remains (in some form atleast) is the masjid where the second Juma of Islam was performed. The place is called ‘Jawatha’ and it is located in the area of al-Ahsa in Saudia Arabia, a relatively short distance from the city of Hofuf (also referred to as al-Ahsa by locals).

The significance of this place is that for a period of time in the history of this blessed ummah, the Juma prayer was only being offered in the Madina the Illuminated and the Masjid al-Jawatha, and nowhere else. Unfortunately not having access to a car during my travels in Saudi I was unable to visit this blessed place. May Allah (the Exalted) facilitate its visitation. Please find the hadith reference for this in Sahih al-Bukhari and a picture of its current condition:

[Note: At the time of the Prophet (Allah bless Him and give Him peace) the area of al-Ahsa was referred to as ‘Bahrain’, a common misconception to be avoided for those reading hadith literature who may think reference is being made to the small island which currently bears this name.]

No. 850 – Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
The first Jumua prayer which was offered after a Jumua prayer offered at the mosque of Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless Him and give Him peace) took place in the mosque of the tribe of ‘Abdul Qais at Jawatha in Bahrain.