Jannat al-Mu'alla

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Jannat al-Mu'alla
Jannat ul Mualla Cemetery.jpg
Jannat al-Mu'alla cemetery
Established Pre-Islamic
Location Mecca, Hejaz
Country Present-daySaudi Arabia
Type Muslim
Owned by Islam
Size Abu Talib, Khadija (wife of Muhammad), Amina the mother of Muhammad, Abdul Mutalib the grandfather of Muhammad.

Jannat al-Mu'alla (Arabic: جنة المعلاة‎, translit. Jannat al-Mu‘allā, lit. 'The Most Exalted Paradise'), also known as the Cemetery of Ma'la[1] (Arabic: مقبرة المعلاة‎, translit. Maqbarat al-Ma‘lāh) and Al-Hajun, is a cemetery to the north of the Masjid al-Haram, and near the Mosque of the Jinn, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the place where Muhammad's wife, grandfather, and other ancestors are buried.


Jannatul Mualla before 1925, during the Ottoman period.

Many of Muhammad's relatives were buried in this cemetery before his Hegira in 622.[citation needed] Many domes and structures have been built or rebuilt over famous graves over the years.[2]

Khadija's tomb at Jannat al-Mu'alla cemetery, before its destruction in 1925

Tombs in this cemetery were demolished in 1925, the same year that the Jannat al-Baqi' cemetery in Medina was demolished by Saudi King, Ibn Saud. This happened despite protests by the international Islamic community.[3] Some Shiites continue to mourn the day the House of Saud demolished shrines in al-Baqi, which has been named yaum e gham or "Day of Sorrow". Shiites continue to protest the Saudi government's demolition of these shrines.

Notable interments[edit]

Famous historical figures buried here include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tütüncü, Mehmet (2015). "The Uppsala Mecca Painting: A New Source for the Cultural Topography and Historiography for Mecca". In Buitelaar, Marjo; Mols, Luitgard. Hajj: Global Interactions through Pilgrimage. Leiden: Sidestone Press. pp. 137–163. ISBN 978-90-8890-285-7.
  2. ^ "History of JANNAT AL-MAULLA". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ "History of the cemetery of Jannat al-Baqi". Retrieved 26 August 2015.

Coordinates: 21°26′13″N 39°49′45″E / 21.43694°N 39.82917°E / 21.43694; 39.82917