Bir Tuwa – The Well of Tuwa

October 21st 2014 / Destruction of Holy Sites

This is a well in Makkah where the Prophet (pbuh) stopped when he performed Hajj. The Prophet (pbuh) also bathed in the water of this well. ‘Abdullah bin Zubayr narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) said a thousand prophets from the Bani Isra’il tied their mounts at Tuwa and bathed in its water. It is also narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) spent the night at this location during the Conquest of Makkah. The next day, the Muslim army was separated into two camps; one under Khalid bin Walid entered Makkah from what is today Khalid bin Walid Road and the other group, led by the Prophet (pbuh), entered Makkah from the Kudai side. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar would always spend the night at this location when he entered Makkah. Al-Zaraqi said that Zubaydah, the wife of Harun al-Rashid, built a mosque at this location. This well is in the part of Makkah now known as Jurwal and was, prior to the ongoing Haram expansion, situated in front of the maternity hospital. The entire Jurwal area was earmarked for demolition as part of the Haram expansion. The building housing Bir Tuwa has, however, been left standing. The well’s geographic location in Google Maps is: 21.431610, 39.816630

The building which houses the Bir Tuwa as it stands today. The buildings and roads around it have been demolished.

The building which houses the Bir Tuwa as it stands today. The buildings and roads around it have been demolished.

The well as it stands today by night with the Clock Tower in the background.

The well as it stands today during the day.

صورة (5) بئر طوى قديما

An old undated photograph of the well

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The well from within.

بئر طوى حديثا صورة (7) بئر طوى حديثا


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