Al-Ghaba (The Forest) is located at the north west of Medina, the Forest was a swamp where bushes of Ethel (Tamarix) and Tarfaa (Tamarix Arabica) grew. It was anciently named as Al-Ghaba (the Forest) for its extensive bushes.
It was mentioned in certain Hadiths of the Prophet (PBUH). It was said that the Minbar (Rostrum) of the Prophet (PBUH) was made of the Tarfaa or Ethel of the Forest.
Muhammad bin Al-Dahhak was quoted as saying that Al-Abbas, God bless him, stood at Sil’a (a hill) calling his boys while at the forest, so they heard his calls late at night at a distance of eight miles. Yaqut said: “Lions came to the Prophet (PBUH) in the Forest asking him to lend them something to eat.” Ibn Zabala narrated the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) that he shortened the prayers at the Forest during Thi Qarad Incursion.
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