Jabal Uhud’s early Islamic history before it was dubbed as Ar-Rumat mountain

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As part of their Hajj ritual, before heading to Mecca, pilgrims visit an Islamic location in Madinah, one which Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) has been known to stand on. This location is known as Jabal Ar-Rumat (Translates as the archers’ mountain).

This is the place that the Prophet had ordered his companions, a total of 50, to be positioned at during the Battle of Uhud. The position was chosen to prevent enemies from attacking Muslims from behind.

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Pilgrims begin their visit to the mountain between 7 am and just before noon. To most pilgrims, especially those not residing in the city, this is the best schedule as they are then able to spend the majority of their time at the Prophet’s mosque.

The trip to Ar-Rumat Mountain starts through its rough passages which even the elderly pilgrims take.

Speaking on the matter, Khalid Kurdi, a researcher on Madinah’s history, the city of Taybah is home to several historical sites which stands testimony to the struggles of Muslims and their steadfastness against enemies of Islam in its early days.

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Ar-Rumat was also known as Jabal Aynayn (The two-eyes mountain). However, it earned its new name after the Battle of Uhud in the third year after Prophet Mohammed’s Hijrah to Madinah.

Although the Prophet had ordered them to stay there, the archers thought the battle was over and proceeded to leave their position. However the enemies had noticed and were able to attack them from behind, and the Muslims lost the battle, added Kurdi.