What is the significance of the well and valley of Al Rawha

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

 

What is the significance of the well and valley of Al Rawha, which is situated between Madinah and Badr? It is believed that the water from this well grants has a particular barakah and gives shifa to the drinker. Is it correct that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) blessed this well with his saliva? The GPS coordinates for this well are: http://goo.gl/maps/rLNrI

Answer

 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A number of narrations regarding Al Rawha or events in this place have been mentioned in the books of hadith.[1][2][3] Significance of the masjid and hill of Rawha have also been explicitly mentioned:

1) The Masjid at Rawha

Sayyiduna ‘Amr ibn ‘Awf (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi Wasallam) said: 

‘.. Indeed seventy Ambiya (Prophets) prayed salah in this Masjid (at Rawha)…’

 

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, vol.11, pg.3715 hadith: [17] 12, also see Fathul Bari, hadith: 492)

 

2) The hill of Rawha

 

Sayyiduna Anas and Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al-Ash-‘ari (radiyallahu’anhuma) have reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi Wasallam) said:

‘Indeed 70 Ambiya (Prophets) had passed the hill of Rawha enroute to the house of Allah (the Ka’bah)….’

(Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 7231 and 7271, and Al-Mu’jamul Kabir of Tabarani, see: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.220)

Although the chains for these narrations are weak, they sufficiently support each other in their mention of the Prophets passing Rawha. (Also see Targhib, vol.2 pg.185-186)

 

3) The well of Rawha

We have not come across any hadith stating that Nabi SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam blessed the well of Rawha with his Mubarak saliva. However many people have experienced cure from the water of the well of Rawha.  There is no prohibition in trying the experiences of people.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Imran Cyclewala

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 

 

 

 

 


[1] مسند أحمد ت شاكر (2/ 444)

عن ابن عباس قال: كان النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – بالرَّوْحاء، فلقى ركْباً فسلم عليهم، فقال: “من القوم؟ ” قالوا: المسلمون، قال: فمن أنتم، قال: رسول الله، ففزعت امرأة فأخذت بعَضُد صبيّ فأخرجته من محَفتَّها، فقالت: يا رسول الله، هل لهذا حجُّ؟ قال: “نعم، ولكِ أَجْرٌ”

 

[2] مسند أحمد ت شاكر (5/ 132)

وقال نافع: إن عبد الله بن عمر أخبره: أن رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – صلى حيث المسجد الصغير الذي دون المسجد الذي يُشْرف على الرَّوْحاء.

 

[3] مسند أحمد ت شاكر (7/ 106)

عن حنظلةَ الأسْلَمي سمع أبا هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله -صلي الله عليه وسلم -: “والذي نفس محمَّد بيده، لَيُهِلَّن ابن مريم بفجّ الرَّوحَاء، حَاجًا أو مُعتمرًا، أو لَيُثنِّيَهُمَا”

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