Mount Safa, Masjid Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

  November 02, 2020   Read time 1 min
Mount Safa, Masjid Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Mount Safa, is a small mountain within Masjid al-Haram. It is the point from where pilgrims start the Sa’ee to emulate the actions of Hajra.

Allah makes mention of the Safa and Marwah mountains in the Quran in Surah Baqarah: “Verily Safa and Marwah are among the landmarks (distinctive signs) of (the Deen of) Allah.” [2:158] Abdullah bin Abbas narrates that the Prophet climbed up Mount Safa when Allah revealed the verse in Surah Shu’ara: “And warn your tribe (O Muhammad) of near kindred.” [26:214] After ascending the Safa mountain he shouted: “Ya Sabahah!” (an Arabic expression when one appeals for help or draws the attention of others to some danger). When the people of Makkah had gathered around him the Prophet said to them, “If I told you that horsemen were advancing to attack you from the valley on the other side of this mountain, will you believe me?”. “Yes”, they replied, “We have always found you truthful.” The Prophet said, “I am a plain warner to you of a coming severe punishment.” After this vivid analogy the Prophet asked them to save themselves by declaring that Allah was one and that he, Muhammad, was his messenger. He tried to make them understand that if they clung to polytheism and rejected the message he had brought to them, they would face Allah’s punishment. Abu Lahab (his uncle) said, “May you perish! You gathered us only for this reason? “. Then Abu Lahab went away. Upon this ‘Surah al-Lahab’ (Perish the hands of Abu Lahab!) was revealed (Source: Islamic Landmarks).

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