Harrat Al-Zahra is a part of Harrat Waqim (Black Stone Land of Waqim). It used to accommodate the houses of Bani Abdul Al-Ashhal, the people of Sa’ad bin Mu’ath. In this land the battle which the Prophet (PBUH) told about took place. It is the Battle of Al-Harra at the time of Yazid bin Moawia.
It was a great battle, where the best followers and good people were killed. Ayoub bin Basheer Al-Ma’aferi was quoted as saying that the Prophet (PBUH) went out in one of his travels. When he passed by Harrat Al-Zahra, he stopped and retreated. His companions did not like it, and thought that it was one of their travel rituals. Omar bin Al-Khattab, God bless him, said: “O Messenger of Allah, what did you see?” The Prophet (PBUH) said: “This is not of your travel.” They said: “What is it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “At this Harra the best of my nation after my companions will be killed.”
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