Tomb of the companion Uqba bin Nafi (d. 63H)

Masjid Sidi Uqba

Tomb and Mosque of Uqba bin Nafi (may Allah be pleased with him)



mihrab at Sidi Uqba mosque



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Ibn Khaldun (d. 808H) in his Tariqh writes that Ubqa bin Nafi along with 300 senior companions were martyred, a mosque  was built on the grave of Uqba bin Nafi (rad.) and that its a shrine of baraka (blessings) :

واتبعوا عقبة وأصحابه رضي الله عنه حتى إذا غشوه بتهودة ترحّل القوم وكسروا أجفان سيوفهم، ونزل الصبر واستلحم عقبة وأصحابه رضي الله عنهم ولم يفلت منهم أحد. وكانوا زهاء ثلاثمائة منكبار الصحابة والتابعين استشهدوا في مصرع واحد، وفيهم أبو المهاجر كان أصحبه في اعتقاله، فأبلى رضي الله عنه في ذلك اليوم البلاء الحسن، وأجداث الصحابة رضي الله عنهم أولئك الشهداء عقبة وأصحابه بمكانهم ذلك من أرض الزاب لهذا العهد.

وقد جعل على قبر عقبة أسنمة ثم جصّص، واتخذ عليه مسجد عرف باسمه وهو في عداد المزارات ومظان البركة، بل هو أشرف مزور من الأجداث في بقاع الأرض لما توفّر فيه من عدد الشهداء من الصحابة والتابعين الذين لا يبلغ أحد مدّ أحدّهم ولا نصيفه، وأسر من الصحابة يومئذ محمد بن أوس [1] الأنصاري ويزيد بن خلف العبسيّ [2] ونفر معهم ففداهم ابن مصاد صاحب قفصة.


tomb of Sidi Uqba


From all of the above, we see that one of the oldest mosque in North Africa (only next to Sidi Uqba masjid in Khairoun, Tunisia), was built over the mausoleum and tomb of the companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him)  from the earliest of times. And this continued to remain for 1400 years until today with only added works of renovations. There was not a single scholar in Islam who ever objected to it.

The significance of this today being that its another example from pure Sunni Islam to prove false the common Salafi-Wahhabi revisionist history/folklore and propaganda, that such practice of  buildings tombs and mosque is considered as idolatry in Sunni Islam or that it should be destroyed, or that these practices were invented by Turks and what not.


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