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Al-Faqir Historical Well Reopens in Madinah After Restoration
Al-Faqir Historical Well Reopens in Madinah After Restoration

The historic Al-Faqir Well, also known as the Salman Al Farsi Well, in the blessed city of Madinah has reopened to visitors after extensive restoration. 

Dating back over 14 centuries, it holds significance from the time of Prophet Muhammad, May the Peace and Blessings of God be upon Him (PBUH).

The well is located in the Aliya area of Madinah, which is well known for its beautiful date palm orchards. 

Supervised by the Madinah Region Development Authority (MDA), the enhancements to the historic well include the building of water paths, a new bridge, and informative plaques for visitors.

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The Significance of Al-Faqir Well

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The Al-Faqir Well, known as the Salman Al-Farsi Well, holds a special place in Islamic history. This is because it is linked to the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companion Salman Al-Farsi (RA). 

The Location and Features of Al-Faqir Well

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Located in the Alya area of Madinah, close to Masjid Quba and the Ghars Well, the Al-Faqir Well is surrounded by lush orchards. Originally, water was drawn from this three-meter diameter well using traditional waterwheels. 

However, with the advancement of technology, these waterwheels were later replaced by pumps. Today, the well and its surroundings are under the careful supervision of the Madinah Region Development Authority and other relevant bodies.

The site is wider than just the well. It also features a pool and channels that distribute water to the nearby orchards. The water for the Al-Faqir Well is naturally fed by the Bathan Valley, ensuring a continuous natural replenishment of water.

The Restoration of Al-Faqir Well

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The restoration of the Al-Faqir Well was a meticulous process that aimed to preserve its historical authenticity while making it accessible and enjoyable for visitors. As part of the restoration efforts, a one-meter-high iron fence now surrounds the well and its channels. 

This ensures the safety of visitors and the preservation of the well. The water channels and the main gate of the well have been reinforced with local stone from a volcanic field. This was done to maintain consistency with the original construction of the well while ensuring its durability.

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The area has also seen the addition of palm trees, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal of the site. The internal courtyard has been improved, and stone benches have been installed for visitors. These additions make the site more welcoming and comfortable for visitors.

An informative plaque has been added at the entrance of the well. This plaque details the well’s location and history, offering an enriching experience for those who visit.

Preserving Islamic History

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The reopening of the Al-Faqir Well in Madinah marks an important moment in preserving Islamic history. The careful restoration of the well ensures that its historical authenticity is maintained while making it accessible to visitors. 

As a symbol of the times of Prophet Muhammad, the Al-Faqir Well continues to draw visitors with its rich history and cultural significance.

More Historic Islamic Sites in Madinah

Al Masjid An Nabawi

The City’s most significant location is Al Masjid An Nabawi, which contains the Burial Chamber of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), which is also located close to the Jannatul Baqi cemetery

Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) initiated the mosque’s construction following his relocation to Madinah in 622 AD. It is considered the second most sacred mosque in Islam,, following Al Masjid al-Haram.

Masjid Quba

Masjid Quba, situated on the outskirts of Madinah, was the first mosque built in the blessed city of Madinad and was constructed in the 7th century. It holds great significance for Muslims globally, only second to The Two Holy Mosques.

Dar Al Madinah Museum

The museum, Dar Al Madinah, is situated within the Knowledge Economic City and serves as a specialized establishment dedicated to showcasing the rich history of The Blessed City of Madinah. 

Its various exhibits chronicle the city’s growth from the era of our Beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace and Blessings of God Be Upon Him) to the present day.

The Ghars Well

The Ghars Well, also called The Bir Ghars, holds great significance in Islamic history as it is linked to the Seerah, the account of the life of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). 

Situated in the holy city of Madinah, it is in close proximity to Masjid Quba and The Garden of Salman Al Farsi (RA). The Prophet (PBUH) had a particular fondness for the Ghars Well due to its pure water; it is believed that he drank from it and performed ablution.

Situated west of the Quba Mosque, the Ethiq Well holds significant significance in the history of Islam. After facing harsh persecution in Makkah and migrating to Madinah with his followers, the Prophet Peace & Blessings of God Be Upon Him (PBUH) was warmly received by the people of Madinah.

Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques

The Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques is a significant cultural and historical repository located in the Islamic heartlands of Saudi Arabia. This unique exhibition brings to life the rich architectural heritage of the two holiest mosques in Islam, Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid An-Nabawi in Medina.

The museum was established in 1999 under the auspices of the late Prince Abdul Majeed, then governor of Mecca. The project cost over SR 15 million, with some photographs donated by the late Crown Prince Sultan valued at SR 10 million.

The Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques houses numerous artifacts of significant historical and cultural value, including The Door of the Kaaba, The Black Stone Casings, Brass-head of the Minbar, The Incense Table of the Kaaba, and The Lock and Key of the Kaaba.

The International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization

The International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization, situated across from Al Masjid An Nabawi and adjacent to The Prophet’s Mosque Expansion Project Museum, provides a thorough depiction of the life of Prophet Muhammad and the evolution of Islamic civilization over time.

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