• Dhat Irq

    Dhat Irq (Arabic: ذات عرق) is the Miqat for the people of Iraq and those travelling to Makkah from that general direction.


    The Miqat is situated 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast of Masjid al-Haram and 35 kilometres (22 miles) away from Qarn al-Manazil (al-Sayl al-Kabeer).


    Dhat Irq is the Miqat for people intending to perform Hajj travelling from the direction of Iraq, Iran, China, Russia etc. The Miqat is named after a large mountain in the region.

    It was affixed during the reign of the second caliph, Umar Ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه after the towns of Basra and Kufa had been captured:

    حَدَّثَنِي عَلِيُّ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ نُمَيْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ قَالَ لَمَّا فُتِحَ هَذَانِ الْمِصْرَانِ أَتَوْا عُمَرَ فَقَالُوا يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ، إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم حَدَّ لأَهْلِ نَجْدٍ قَرْنًا، وَهُوَ جَوْرٌ عَنْ طَرِيقِنَا، وَإِنَّا إِنْ أَرَدْنَا قَرْنًا شَقَّ عَلَيْنَا‏.‏ قَالَ فَانْظُرُوا حَذْوَهَا مِنْ طَرِيقِكُمْ‏.‏ فَحَدَّ لَهُمْ ذَاتَ عِرْقٍ‏.‏

    Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه narrated: When these two towns (Basra and Kufa) were captured, the people went to Umar and said, “O Chief of the faithful believers! The Prophet ﷺ fixed Qarn as the Miqat for the people of Najd, it is beyond our way and it is difficult for us to pass through it.” He said, “Take as your Miqat a place situated opposite to Qarn on your usual way. So, he fixed Dhat Irq (as their Miqat).”
    [Narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari]

    However, Aisha رضي الله عنها reported that the Prophet ﷺ himself stipulated Dhat Irq as the Miqat for the people of Iraq:

    حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ بَهْرَامَ الْمَدَائِنِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا الْمُعَافَى بْنُ عِمْرَانَ، عَنْ أَفْلَحَ، – يَعْنِي ابْنَ حُمَيْدٍ – عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، رضى الله عنها أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَقَّتَ لأَهْلِ الْعِرَاقِ ذَاتَ عِرْقٍ ‏.‏
    Aisha رضي الله عنها narrated: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ appointed Dhat Irq as the place for putting on Ihram for the people of Iraq.

    Masjid Dhat Irq

    Masjid Dhat Irq (Arabic: مسجد ذات عرق) is currently under construction. The men’s prayer area measures 2,775 m2 and will be able to hold approximately 3,500 worshippers while the women’s prayer area measures 750 m2, accommodating 900 worshippers.


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