Between the Rukn, the Maqam, and Zam Zam, there are the graves of 99 Prophets

Allah did not reveal: O you who believer save that ‘Ali was their amir (leader) and sharif (chief)
March 7, 2019
What do you want with ‘Ali
March 7, 2019

BACK⇒ Return to Table of contents

Between the Rukn, the Maqam, and Zam Zam, there are the graves of 99 Prophets


ما بين الركن إلى المقام ألى زمزم قبر تسعة و تسعين نبيا

Between the Rukn, the Maqam, and Zam Zam, there are the graves of 99 Prophets.


This narration is not attributed to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The narrator is a Tabi’i. However, these types of statements cannot be made from one’s opinion. Rather, it should be imperatively supported by a sahih proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah. When this is the case, we realise that this narration is not worthy of being proof. Only that which is established from Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam may be used as proof. These are not the words of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam but the words of a Tabi’i and we learn our din from Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

Al Azraqi narrated it like this:


حدثني مهدي بن أبي المهدي قال حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله مولى بني هاشم عن حماد بن سلمة عن عطاء بن السائب عن محمد بن سابط عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال كان النبي من الأنبياء إذا هلكت أمته لحق بمكة فيتعبد بها النبي و من معه حتى يموت فيها فمات بها نوح و هود و صالح و شعيب و قبورهم بين زمزم و الحجر

Mahdi ibn Abi al Mahdi narrated to me saying―’Abdul Rahman ibn ‘Abdullah the freed slave of the Banu Hashim narrated to us from―Hammad ibn Salamah from―’Ata’ ibn al Sa’ib from―Muhammad ibn Sabit from―the Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam who said:

After the destruction of any ummah of the Prophets, the nabi would come to Makkah. He and those with him would worship in Makkah until he passed away there. Accordingly, Nuh, Hud, Salih, and Shu’ayb passed away there and their graves are between Zam Zam and al Hijr.


This narration is not sahih since it is mursal. Muhammad ibn Sabit is not from the Sahabah. I studied al Isabah and did not find his mention. Moreover, ‘Ata’ ibn al Sa’ib became disorientated towards the end of his life.

  • Ahmed says, “Whoever heard from him in the early days, it is sahih. And whoever heard from him lately, it is worthless.”
  • Yahya ibn Ma’in remarked, “He is not worthy as proof.”

Ibn Kathir said, “As regards his grave, Ibn Jarir, al Azraqi from ‘Abdul Rahman ibn Sabit, and other Tabi’in narrate mursalan that Nuh’s ‘alayh al Salam grave is in al Masjid al Haram.” He affirms that it is mursal and mursal is one of the various forms of da’if hadith.


Next⇒ What do you want with ‘Ali

Back to top