Jahiliyyah Cemetry – where Arabs used to bury their daughters alive

Jahiliyyah cemetery is where Arabs used to bury their daughters alive before Islam. Here are some facts about it.

1- When a daughter was born in the land of Arabs, it was considered shameful for the parents. They believed that daughters were a symbol of dishonor. They used to bring their daughters alive in the Jahiliyyah cemetery and bury them here.

Mostly women were treated like slaves in their houses and held no rights to take action or decisions in any matter of their life.

2- It is also narrated that Sumayyah رضي الله عنها was the first female to be martyred in the way of Islam. She is said to be buried in Jahiliyyah cemetery as well.

3- If you happen to see the Jahiliyyah Cemetry in Makkah, it is very near the boundary of Masjid al-Haram.

All the areas in the surrounding Masjid al-Haram are heavily commercialized with plenty of 5-star hotels, but this area is not used at all. 

It is said that whenever somebody tried to construct this area, they labored there and noticed a lot of supernatural activities and unheard screams.

It went up to this level that they had to stop this activity. We don’t have any authentic source for this information, but it is generally said about the Jahiliyyah Cemetry.

4- Once a Sahabi asked Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: Who are in Paradise?

  • Prophet Muhammad ﷺ replied: Prophets are in Paradise.
  • Martyrs are in Paradise.
  • Infants are in Paradise.
  • Children buried alive are in Paradise. – Sunan Abi Dawud 2521

5- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: If anyone has a female child and does not bury her alive, or slight her, or prefer his children (i.e., the male ones) to her, Allah will bring him into Paradise. – Sunan Abi Dawud 5146

6- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Allah has forbidden for you:

  • Disobedience to mothers.
  • Burying alive daughters.
  • Withholding the right of others despite having the power to return that to them and demanding that (which is not one’s legitimate right).

And He disapproved of three things for you; irrelevant talk, persistent questioning, and wasting wealth. – Sahih Muslim 593 f

In the below video, you can easily see the walls of Masjid al-Haram. You can notice how close it is to Masjid al-Haram. Even if you don’t believe the theory I have stated above, there is a reason this place has not been constructed.

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