Daily Archives: April 21, 2012

A Tale of Two Houses

1. I love history and I love visiting historical sites and reflecting on the lives and times of the people who made them historical.  I especially love visiting homes of great historical figures and also their burial sites. Long-time readers of Mantiq al-Tayr may recall my posting a little bit about the American Civil War and one or two of its heroes, like Turner Ashby.

Here’s a short story about a house.

Abu Ja’far Muhammad Ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d. 923) was one of the great intellectual figures in the early centuries of Islam. A master historian, Quran commentator and jurist. He is also said to have been a very gifted Quran reciter.

In his Tarikh al-Rusul wal-Muluk al-Tabari makes mention of a great historical home in Mecca. The home of Khadija, the first wife of Muhammad. He apparently had seen the house, probably during a pilgrimage, and he writes about it as if he had visited it:

“The house of Khadija in those days [during the life of Muhammad] is the house that is known by that name today for it is called ‘the house of Khadija’.  Mu’awiya bought it, so they say, and made it into a mosque where people pray.  He built it the way it is today and it has not changed.  As for the stone by the door of the house, to the left of those entering the house, the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, used to sit underneath it using it as protection from things thrown at him from the house of Abu Lahab . . .”

No doubt many Muslims who go to Mecca love to visit sites such as the house of Khadija and try to recall those times when Islam was just a small persecuted community and to relive those moments in their mind’s eye. . .

But they cannot and will never be able to do so anymore.  A while back it seems the House of Saud destroyed the House of Khadija and turned it into a public bathroom. They have destroyed many other historical sites in Mecca as well.

I wonder if even the Israelis would do such things to Khadija’s house.

They don’t need to though. They have the Wahhabis doing their dirty work.

من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم

يا آل سعود الله يخرب بيتكم

2. Khadija’s house was rediscovered, so they say, in 1989 during excavations. Here’s a short video about what was found.  The music is nice too.