Masjid al-haram the grand mosque in Makkah has a total of 210 gates out of which 5 gates are the most famous one. All the gates are named after the significant people, places or incidents that occurred in history.
Some of the gates have digital information boards for the pilgrims to guide them. Every gate has corridors to enter and exit from the gate. Mentioned below is a brief detail about some of the gates of Masjid al-haram. Recommended: List of 42 gates of Masjid al Nabawi
King Abdul Aziz (Gate 1)
This gate is located at the Yemenite corner of Masjid Al-haram. This gate has been recently reconstructed and has given a modern look than its predecessor.
If you enter through this gate, you will have to cross Mataaf for wheelchair pilgrims before entering the Mataaf for normal people.
Bab e Ajyad (Gate 5)
Bab e Ajyad is gate no 5 that is located on the northern side of Masjid e Haram.
Bab e Bilal (Gate 6)
Located on the southern side of the Masjid al-Haram. We can easily understand that it is named after Bilal ibn Rabah, the first Muezzin of Islam.
Bab e Hunain (Gate 9)
Hunain is the name of a town that is located close to the city of Ta’if in Saudi Arabia. This gate is named after that town. Bab e Hunain is located on the southern façade of Masjid Al haram between Bab e Ismael and Bab e Bilal.
Bab e Ismail (Gate 10)
This gate is named after the name of Prophet Ibrahim’s son Prophet Ismael. Prophet Ibrahim A.S. who reconstructed the Kaaba along with Prophet Ismail around 4,000 years before the birth of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
It is also located on the southern side of Masjid al-haram. This gate lies between Bab e Hunain and Bab e Hamzah.
Bab e Safa (Gate 11)
Located on the northern side of Masjid-al haram. This gate is one of the five major gates of masjid-Al Haram. This gate provides direct access to the Masa’a area and also direct access to the upper floors of the Masa’a starting point.
Bab Hamza (Gate 12)
The gate 12 of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah (Bab Hamza) is on the name of the paternal uncle of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. He was given the name of Lion of Allah and he was martyred in the battle of Uhud.
Bab Qubais (Gate 13)
Bab Qubais the gate 13 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of Mount Qubais. The Mountain, in many ways, is a historically rich mountain. It is said that it was the first mountain created by Allah on the earth. Recommended: 8 facts about Mount Qubais
Bab e Nabi (Gate 14)
This gate is located on the eastern flank of the mosque. This gate is named for our Holy Prophet PBUH. It is located between Bab abi Qubais and Bab e Ali close to the Al-Safa area. Bab al-Nabi allows access to the upper floors of the mosque.
This is an adjacent gate to Bab al-Nabi.
This gate lies on the right of Bab e Ali on the eastern side of Massa. This gate provides access to the upper floors of Sa’iee gallery. The meaning of dar-ul Arqam means the gate of Arqam’s house.
Arqam ibn Abi Arqam was a companion of Allah. Early meetings of Islam were held in his house.
Named after Ali ibn abi Talib, this gate lies on the eastern flank of sa’iee gallery. It provides access to the Ramal area of Mas’sa. This gate is located between Bab e Nabi and Bab -Abbas. It is also used for funerals.
Bab Abbas (Gate 20)
This gate was named after Abbas ibn Abdul Mattalib ho was a paternal uncle and a companion of our Holy Prophet. This gate is located on the Eastern Flank of the mosque between Bab e Ali and Bab e Bani Shaybah. It provides access to Mas’sa area.
Bab e Bani Hashim (Gate 21)
Bab e Bani Hashim is a new and latest gate located near the Holy Ka’aba that provides access to the Masa’a area. It is named after a tribe of Makkah named Banu Hashim. The original place of this gate was very close to the Holy Ka’ba.
Bab as Salaam (Gate 22)
Bab as-Salam is located on the stretch between Mount Safa and Marwah. This door is closest to Jabal Marwah. This gate is also related to Shaybah bin Othman and is known as Bani Shaybah (the gate of the sons of Sheybah).
It is because Shaybah bin Ottoman lived near the Ka’aba and was next to his house. The original place Bab-bani Shaybah was much closer to the Holy Ka’aba.
Bab al-Marwah is named after the mount of Marwah and allows access to the Masa’a area. After completing your Sai on the first, second or third floor, you will get out of Masjid through this gate.
This gate provides direct access to the sai’ee area ground floor. All Umrah pilgrims complete their Sai at this gate and many of them get out of the Masjid to the courtyard through this gate.
This gate is located on the northern end of Masa’a area and this gate provides access to Al Marwah area. This gate is named after the tribe of Prophet Mohammed PBUH.
Bab al Arafah (Gate 35)
The gate 35 of Masjid al-Haram is called Bab al Arafah because it faces towards the plains of Arafah. Staying in the plains of Arafah is one of the fard acts of Hajj.
Bab e Muzdalifah (Gate 36)
The gate 36 of Masjid al-Haram is called Bab e Muzdalifah because it faces towards the plains of Mzdalifah. Staying in the plains of Arafah is one of the wajib acts of Hajj.
Bab e Fatah (Gate 45)
Fatah means victory and this gate is named as the gate of victory. There is a history behind this, some unverified traditions claimed that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W entered the city of Makkah from this site on the day of Makkah Conquest hence it is named as the Bab e Fatah.
The Bab e Fatah, the gate 45 of Masjid al-Haram is located on the southern side of the Haram.
Bab Omar Farooq (Gate 49)
The gate 49 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of one of the caliphs of Islam Omar Farooq R.A. He was one of the closest companions of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and his grave is inside the Roda Rasool S.A.W.
Bab al Quds (Gate 55)
Bab e Madina (Gate 56)
Bab e Madinah is named after Medina city because it is located towards Madina.
Bab al-Umrah (Gate 63)
Our Holy prophet entered the city of Makkah from this gate to perform his last Umrah. Thus this gate is named Bab e Umrah. This gate allows direct access to the Mataf area.
During Malik Abdullah Expansion this gate is one of the gates to be renovated according to Bab e-Malik.
Bab al Hijrah (Gate 64)
Bab Ammar bin Yasser (Gate 67)
Ammar ibn Yasir was one of the first people to embrace Islam. He and his parents suffered terribly at the hands of the elite tribe of Mecca known as the Quraish.
Bab Moaz bin Jabal (Gate 68)
Moaz bin Jabal R.A. was one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and therefore, the gate 68 of Masjid al-Haram is on his name. He was known to be the one with a lot of knowledge.
Bab Amro bin Al Ass (Gate 69)
The gate 69 of Masjid al-Haram is on another companion of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W Amro bin Al Aas. He was a noble and highly intelligent man of Quraish who fought many battles including the battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud against Islam until he embraced it.
After entering into Islam, he was known to be one the of greatest commanders of Islam.
Bab Aisha bint Abu Bakr (Gate 70)
The gate 70 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of the last wife of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, the mother of faithful and the daughter of the first caliph of Islam Abu Bakr, Hazrat Aisha R.A.
Bab Asma bint Abu Bakr (Gate 71)
The gate 71 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of another daughter of Abu Bakr, Hazrat Asma bint Abu Bakr. There is a very famous incident associated with her when she sent her son to Jihad knowing that he will be martyred.
Bab Al Yarmouk (Gate 73)
The Battle of Yarmouk was a major battle between the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim forces of the Rashidun Caliphate.
The battle is considered to be one of Khalid ibn al-Walid’s greatest military victories and cemented his reputation as one of the greatest tacticians and cavalry commanders in history.
Bab Abu Bakr (Gate 74)
The gate 74 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of the first caliph of Islam Abu Bakr R.A. Who was Abu Bakr?
Once Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said that I settled all the favors bestowed upon me by all my companions, but I could not settle the favors of Abu Bakr. Allah will settle this on the day of Judgement.
Bab al- Fahad (Gate 79)
Named after King Fahad this gate is located on the eastern edge of the mosque. Entering through this gate you will reach to the eastern outer prayer area of the mosque. It is a three-portal gate that was installed during the second Saudi expansion of the mosque.
Bab Jabar bin Abdullah (Gate 84)
The gate 84 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of another companion of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, Jabir bin Abdullah. His father Abdullah ibn Amr was martyred in the battle of Uhud and he did not let Jabir fight the battle as he wanted him to take care of his daughters.
Jabir bin Abdullah embraced Islam at the age of 7 and he was one of the most trusted companions of Rasool Allah S.A.W.
Bab Saeed bin Zaid (Gate 85)
The gate 85 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of another companion of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, Saeed bin Zaid. He was a cousin to Umar bin Khattab R.A, the husband of his sister Fatima bin Khattab R.A.
It was due to Saeed bin Zaid, Umar bin Khattab R.A. converted to Islam. He was the man who always charged first in battle. He was Qaidur Fursaan, the head of the knights in most battles.
Bab Umm Hani (Gate 87)
The gate 87 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of Umm Hani R.A. Her name was Fakhitah, daughter of the Prophet’s uncle, Abu Talib. She was the older sister of the two great men in Islam, Ali and Jaafar, sons of Abu Talib. During the night of Isra, Prophet Muhammad S.A.W was sleeping in the house of Umm Hani R.A.
Bab e Maimoonah (Gate 88)
The gate 88 of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah is on the name of one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, Maimoonah R.A. She was the most mindful among the wives of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
Bab Al Hijlah (Gate 89)
Bab Hafsa (Gate 90)
The gate 90 of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah is on the name of one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, Hafsa bin Umar R.A. She was the daughter of Omar Farooq R.A. and regarded as the mother of believers.
Bab Khadijah (Gate 93)
The gate 93 of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah is on the name of the first wife of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, Khadija R.A. Out of all his wives, Prophet Muhammad S.A.W loved her the most. She was the one who remained with Prophet Muhammad S.A.W in the worst of his times.
Bab Ibrahim (Gate 94)
The gate 94 of Masjid al-Haram is on the name of Prophet Ibrahim A.S. who reconstructed the Kaaba along with Prophet Ismail around 4,000 years before the birth of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
King Abdullah Gate
Bab Abdullah is the central entrance gate that leads to the King Abdullah prayer area extension toward the north-western side.
It is a triple-arched gate with two minarets that is flanked by two tetra ached smaller gates on its both sides. If you enter Masjid al-Haram from King Abdullah gate, a corridor connects you to the Mataf area.