Mada’in Saleh-Saudi Arabia

Approximately 4oo kms from Madina Munawara, 20 kms from Al Ula lies the ancient site of Mada’in Saleh. To reach the site you would first have to take the road to Tabuk from Madina and from there take the road to Al Ula, the signs will then guide you away from the town to the site of this ancient civilization. Let me assure you there will be a lot of driving to do to finally reach the site. Since we went in the off-season we weren’t required to purchase any passes which is normally the case.

It was noon when we finally entered the premises of the site, and with the sun at its peak it was quite hot with the sand blazing under our feet. The site was quite deserted except for the handful of tourists other than us.

The site, based on 9 mountains is divided into three distinct portions namely the residential area, the noble’s are and the Dewan.

The Qura’an talks about the people of Al Hijr (Mada’in Saleh) in many different places as the ones who lived in houses carved out of the mountains.

سُوۡرَةُ الاٴعرَاف

بِسۡمِ اللهِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِيۡمِ

وَاذۡكُرُوۡۤا اِذۡ جَعَلَـكُمۡ خُلَفَآءَ مِنۡۢ بَعۡدِ عَادٍ وَّبَوَّاَكُمۡ فِى الۡاَرۡضِ تَـتَّخِذُوۡنَ مِنۡ سُهُوۡلِهَا قُصُوۡرًا وَّتَـنۡحِتُوۡنَ الۡجِبَالَ بُيُوۡتًا‌ ۚ فَاذۡكُرُوۡۤا اٰ لَۤاءَ اللّٰهِ وَلَا تَعۡثَوۡا فِى الۡاَرۡضِ مُفۡسِدِيۡنَ‏ ﴿۷۴﴾

And remember how He made you viceroys after A’ad and gave you station in the earth. Ye choose castles in the plains and hew the mountains into dwellings. So remember (all) the bounties of Allah and do not evil, making mischief in the earth. (74)

سُوۡرَةُ الحِجر

بِسۡمِ اللهِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِيۡمِ

وَكَانُوۡا يَنۡحِتُوۡنَ مِنَ الۡجِبَالِ بُيُوۡتًا اٰمِنِيۡنَ‏ ﴿۸۲﴾

And they used to hew out dwellings from the hills, (wherein they dwelt) secure. (82)

سُوۡرَةُ الفَجر

بِسۡمِ اللهِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِيۡمِ

أَلَمۡ تَرَ كَيۡفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِعَادٍ (٦) إِرَمَ ذَاتِ ٱلۡعِمَادِ (٧) ٱلَّتِى لَمۡ يُخۡلَقۡ مِثۡلُهَا فِى ٱلۡبِلَـٰدِ (٨) وَثَمُودَ ٱلَّذِينَ جَابُواْ ٱلصَّخۡرَ بِٱلۡوَادِ (٩)

Dost thou not consider how thy Lord dealt with (the tribe of) A’ad, (6) With many-columned Iram, (7) The like of which was not created in the lands; (8) And with (the tribe of) Thamud, who clove the rocks in the valley; (9)

سُوۡرَةُ الشُّعَرَاء

بِسۡمِ اللهِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِيۡمِ

وَتَـنۡحِتُوۡنَ مِنَ الۡجِبَالِ بُيُوۡتًا فٰرِهِيۡنَ‌ۚ‏ ﴿۱۴۹﴾

Though ye hew out dwellings in the mountain, being skilful? (149)

You can read the complete account of the history and  about Saleh (AS) here.
Below the pictures taken at the site.

Shelves carved inside the houses

Inside the house

Official blog article and photographs by:

Javeriya Sayeed Siddiqui


3 responses to “Mada’in Saleh-Saudi Arabia

  1. Assalamu Alaikum.
    Wish I could go to these places one day, Inshaa’Allah.
    In the Qur’an, Allah motivates people to travel about and know what was the end of people who went before us!
    The story of Mada’in Salih and the site visit will definitely enrich our souls by way of drawing lessons from history.
    Hope you enjoyed your trip.
    Jazakallahu Khayra for sharing 🙂

    • Yes indeed!
      Throughout the journey I had this fearful and uncomfortable feeling. I didn’t even dare to go inside the houses. My brother said it smelled of rotten stuff.
      And the signs on top of the houses resembled those of Illuminati symbols.

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