Al-Shaikhain Mosque

Also knows as Masjid al-Dara’, it marks the spot where the Prophet ﷺ prayed salah on the eve of the Battle of Uhud. Also the preparations for the battle were made here

Medinah Sharif, Saudi Arabia

Coordinates: 24.489390, 39.608870

This small mosque still stands in an alley to the right of the road currently going from the town centre to Mount Uhud.

It is called al-Shaykhayn since it stands next to the two hillocks by that name.

Also for the name Masjid al-Dara’ (Mosque of the Coat of Mail), it may be because the Prophet ﷺ who is known to have marched to Uhud in two coats of mail, one upon the other, may have donned the second one in that location.

This is where the Prophet ﷺ halted on his way to the Battle of Uhud to pray Asr, Maghrib and Isha, review his troops, and send back the youngsters.

This was confirmed by Hz. Saad ibn Abi Waqqas رضي الله عنه who said, “The Prophet ﷺ prayed in the Mosque at the Shaykhayn, and spent the night there till dawn.”

And Bibi Umm Salama رضي الله عنها said, “I brought the Messenger of God ﷺ a roasted shoulder at the Bada’iq, he ate it then spent the night there till morning, then he proceeded to Uhud on Saturday.

Also the head of Munafıqs (Hypocrites) Abdullah bin Ubay bin sulal disagreed with our Prophet ﷺ and withdrew his tribe and friends and didn’t go to Uhud battle.

Preparations for the Battle of Uhud

After performing the Jumma (Friday) prayer, the Prophet ﷺ set off for Uhud and performed Asr, Maghrib, Isha, stayed the night and performed Fajr where Masjid al-Shaikhain is located.

During this period, all the Muslim inhabitants of Madinah were called here including the women and elderly. The Prophet ﷺ planned the battle, inspected the troops and selected those to participate. Several tender-aged boys had come out with the army with the zeal to fight for Islam but the Prophet ﷺ ordered them back.