The Maqam of Abu Ayyub al-Answari (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Abu Ayyub al-Answari (r.a.) was one of the great companions.  He took part in the battle of Constantinople.  Near the enemy border, he fell ill.  As the illness grew worse, he dictated his will as follows: “When I die, take my dead body with you.  When you line up against the enemy, bury me in your feet.”  The Muslims buried him at the foot of the fort.  People soon came to know the blessings emanating from the grave.  Whatever they prayed for at the grave was immediately Granted.

This is recorded in Imam ibn ‘Abd al-Barr’s (r.a.) al-Istiyy’ab fi Ma‘rifat al-Aswhab, where he wrote, “And Abu Ayyub’s grave lies near the ramparts of the fort and everybody knows it.”  He further wrote, “When people pray for rain there, it starts raining.”

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