Masjid Al-Ghamama is one of the oldest mosques in Medina, Saudi Arabia, and is one of the historical relics of the city.
The mosque is believed to be located at the place where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) offered Eid prayers during the last four years of his life. It is also reported that he once offered Salatul-Istasqa at this point when the city of Medina was facing a shortage of rain. This gave the mosque its name ‘Ghamamah’, which means cloud. Some sources claim that this is also the place where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) performed the funeral prayer of Najashi, the emperor of Aksum in Ethiopia.
The mosque is located 500 meters west of Masjid An-Nabawi, and until recently, it remained closed for the daily prayers. The mosque has been opened now for worshippers who come and pray five times daily. An internal sound system has been fashioned in order to avoid the clash of sounds from Masjid an-Nabawi.
The mosque has a rectangular shape and is divided into two parts; the entrance door and the prayer room. The exterior of the mosque is surrounded by beautiful palm trees. The mosque retains much of its look from the Ottoman era when it was renovated the last time. Visitors will find the architecture of the mosque has a slightly traditional touch as compared to the other mosques in the area that have a more contemporary look. Pigeons are often seen flocking in the courtyard of the mosque, with the visitors feeding them. At night, as the mosque lights up, its beauty is enhanced with domes resembling shining orbs.
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