Maqam of Prophet Musa (upon him be peace)

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Maqam of Prophet Musa (Peace be upon him)

The exact place where Musa (peace be upon him) is buried is unknown, but tradition says that Salahuddin Ayyubi once had a dream where he was shown this place. At this place a mosque was built, which was expanded by Sultan Baybars in 1269 CE. Maqam is located 11 km south of Jericho and 20 km east of Jerusalem.

Exterior of the Maqam of Musa (upon him be peace) – Photo: M.Seedat
Exterior of the Maqam of Musa (upon him be peace) – Photo: M.Seedat

Musa (peace be upon him) is mentioned in the Quran 136 times, more than any other prophet.

The inscription on the Mamluk site reads: “The construction of this Maqam over the grave of the prophet, who spoke with God Moses, on the orders of His Majesty Sultan Daher Abu al-Fatah Baibars in 668 AH”.

Maqam of Prophet Musa (upon him be peace) ( Grave of Prophet Musa )
The covering over the alleged grave of Musa (upon him be peace) – Photo: Z.Patel

The building consists of a large central courtyard surrounded by more than 120 rooms with the Prophet Musa’s “burial chamber” to the right of the mosque, which is built on the western wall of the courtyard.

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Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “The angel of death was sent to Musa (peace be upon him). When he came to Musa (peace be upon him), Musa (peace be upon him) slapped him. The angel returned to Allah and said: “You sent me to a servant who does not want to die.” Allah ordered the angel: “Return to him and tell him to put his hand on the back of the bull, and for each hair that falls under him, he will be given one year of life.” Musa (Peace be upon him) asked: “Lord! What will happen after this? Allah (ﷻ) replied: “Then death.” Musa (peace be upon him) decided: “Let it be now.” Then Musa (peace be upon him) asked Allah (ﷻ) to allow him to die close to the Sacred Land (not far from Masjid al-Aqsa) so that he would be at a distance of a stone’s throw from it. ” Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) added, the Prophet (saw) then said: “If I were there, I would show you his grave under a red sandy hill on the side of the road.”


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Sources: Youtube, Atlas of the Quran – Dr. Shauqi Abu Khalili, Forty Ahadith concerning Masjid al-Aqsa (Ismail Adam Patel), Atlas Tours, HUMA’s Travel guide to Palestine.

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