What is Quba Walk, the Path Of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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The Quba Walk is known as the Path of the Prophet. It is the path that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) took to reach the Quba Mosque and offer prayer.

Today, the new Quba Road, Madinah, is lined with restaurants, cafés and hotels, making it more of a tourist attraction.

However, its significance still holds, and many pilgrims make the journey on foot from Masjid Nabawi to the mosque.

What is Quba Mosque?

The Quba Mosque in Madinah, accessed through Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is not just a place of worship but also a symbol of the strong bond between the early Muslim community and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque was constructed on the foundation of piety, unity, and brotherhood among the Muslims.

The Prophet himself actively participated in building the mosque, laying the foundation stones, and establishing it as one of the places for spiritual and communal activities.

Why is Masjid Quba Special?

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) positioned the first stone for constructing Masjid Quba in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The construction occurred during the first year of the Islamic calendar, known as 1 AH (After Hijra).

The Hijra marks the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Makkah to Madinah, a pivotal event in Islamic history.

The people of Yathrib had long awaited the arrival of the Prophet. Every day, they would go into the field, beyond the palm groves, hoping to catch a glimpse of Him. They only left when it was no longer possible to stand in the sun’s intense heat.

One day, as they were returning home and, once again, waiting for Prophet Muhammad’s arrival, a Jew caught a glimpse of him amongst a group of white-robed travelers. 

He called out: “O people of Arabia! What you have been waiting for has arrived!”

The reason Masjid Quba in Madinah is considered special is because it is where The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stayed for three days with his companion Abu Bakr.

During his stay, the camel the Prophet was riding on knelt on the ground and drank water from a well belonging to Hazrat Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari. 

The Prophet used to visit Masjid Quba in Madinah every Saturday by walking or riding his camel to offer two Rakats.

Masjid Quba was the first mosque built in Islam’s history. It is said that this mosque is where the first Friday Prayer (Jumma Namaz) was held.

Quba Mosque Opening Times

Masjid Quba in Madinah, Saudi Arabia is open only for prayer five times daily.

Pilgrims are allowed to enter the mosque 15 minutes before prayer time. Late attendees are not allowed entrance. The mosque’s door closes 15 minutes after the prayer. 

What Did the Prophet Say About Masjid Quba?

The Prophet (ﷺ) said

“He who purifies himself at his home and comes to Masjid Quba and offers two rakats therein, will be rewarded the reward of an Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).” 

Sunan ibn Majah

Is Praying in Masjid Quba Equal to Umrah?

Praying in Masjid Quba in Madinah is a significant and highly esteemed act of worship in Islam. Sahl ibn Hunayf reported that the Messenger of Allah – Prophet Muhammad (SAW), told the people of Madinah that whoever prays in Masjid Quba will be rewarded the same reward of performing an Umrah.

Quba Mosque Walking Track

The Quba Mosque walking track is located at the Quba Square in Saudi Arabia. It starts from Masjid Nabawi and connects to Quba Mosque in Madinah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It takes around 45 minutes to complete the walk. Pilgrims can enjoy cafés and small restaurants on the walking track or have a small picnic in the Quba Walkway Park.

The Importance of the Quba Walk Route

“The Prophet used to go to the Mosque of Quba (sometimes) walking and sometimes riding. He then would offer two Rakat (in the Mosque of Quba).”

Ibn ‘Umar

The construction of the Quba Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, marked a momentous occasion in Islamic history.

It was the first mosque the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions built upon their arrival in Madinah.

The importance of the route from Masjid Nabawi to the Mosque cannot be overstated. It was “THE” path the Prophet took to pray two Rakat.

After passing a few hotels, when you come out of Masjid Nabawi, you arrive under the King Faisal Ring Road and arrive at the Quba Front. 

This is known as the Al Jummah Neighborhood Gateway, where the new walkway passes. 

The Quba Walk allows Muslims to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet himself, as he used to travel from his house to Masjid Quba.

Quba Square

Quba Square and the Quba Mosque in Madinah have profound spiritual significance for Muslims worldwide.

It is a place of immense blessings, and a single prayer offered in this mosque is said to carry the reward of performing an Umrah.

It is no wonder that Quba Mosque and Square are visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists annually.

Masjid Nabawi to Masjid Quba Distance

It takes 11 minutes by car to cover the 4.4 km track of the Quba walk in Madinah.

There are three routes you can take to reach your destination, including Abdul Muhsin Ibn Abdul Aziz Road, Ali Ibn Abi Talib Road, or Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Road.

On foot, it takes around 45 to 55 minutes via the same routes.

Masjid Nabawi to Masjid Quba by Bus

Al Haram-Quba-Al Haran is a Green Bus that pilgrims can take near Gate 22 at the Clock Tower to visit Masjid Quba for 5 Riyals (subject to change according to season). It takes about an hour to reach the destination. 

You can also take the Red Hop. However, this bus offers a complete tour that includes breakfast, visiting several historical sites, such as Masjid Al-Dirar, and then arriving at Masjid Quba in Madinah. It is four times the price of taking the Green Bus. 

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