Rābigh (Arabic: رَابِغ‎) is an ancient Hejazi town on the Red Sea coast of the Arabian Peninsula, now within the province of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. It is located 17 kilometres (11 miles) northwest of Masjid Mīqāt Al-Juḥfah (مَسْجِد مِيْقَات ٱلْجُحْفَة).[1]



Mīqāt Al-Juḥfah (مِيْقَات ٱلْجُحْفَة)
Masjid Miqat Al-Juhfah, Wadi Rabigh
Masjid Miqat Al-Juhfah, Wadi Rabigh
One of the Miqat
Location of al Juhfah is ES. of Rabigh
Location of al Juhfah is ES. of Rabigh
Coordinates: Coordinates: 22°48′N 39°02′E / 22.800°N 39.033°E / 22.800; 39.033
Country Saudi Arabia
Time zoneUTC+3 (AST)


Ubaydah's expeditionEdit

According to Islamic historical sources, in April 623 CE, the Islamic prophet Muhammad sent Ubaydah ibn al-Harith with a party of sixty armed Muhajirun to the baṭn (Arabic: بَطْن‎, lit. 'valley') of Rabigh. They expected to intercept a Qurayshi caravan that was returning from Syria under the protection of Abu Sufyan ibn Harb and 200 armed riders.[2][3][4][5][6] The Muslim party travelled as far as the wells at Thanyat al-Murra,[2][5] where Ubaydah ibn al-Harith shot an arrow at the Quraysh. This is known as the first arrow of Islam.[7][8] Despite this surprise attack, "they did not unsheath a sword or approach one another," and the Muslims returned empty-handed;[3][4][5] however, two Meccan traders left their caravan, became Muslim, and went with the expedition back to Medina.[9]


Rabigh is connected by Highway 60 to Yanbu and Thuwal.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Al-Juhfah | Hajj & Umrah Planner". hajjumrahplanner.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  2. ^ a b Ibn Ishaq/Guillaume, p. 281.
  3. ^ a b Ibn Saad/Bewley, p. 37.
  4. ^ a b Haykal, M. H. (1935). Translated by al-Faruqi, I. R. A. (1976). The Life of Muhammad, p. 256. Chicago: North American Trust Publications.
  5. ^ a b c Mubarakpuri, S. R. (1979). Ar-Raheeq Al-Maktum (The Sealed Nectar), p. 92. Riyadh: Darussalem Publishers.
  6. ^ Hawarey, Dr. Mosab (2010). The Journey of Prophecy; Days of Peace and War (Arabic). Islamic Book Trust. ISBN 9789957051648.Note: Book contains a list of battles of Muhammad in Arabic, English translation available here
  7. ^ Razwy, Sayed Ali Asgher. A Restatement of the History of Islam & Muslims. p. 128.
  8. ^ Muir, Sir William (1877). The Life of Mohammed. London.
  9. ^ Razwy, Sayed Ali Asgher. A Restatement of the History of Islam & Muslims. p. 128.
  10. ^ الأمير عبدالله يدشن طريق القصيم ـ المدينة المنورة ـ ينبع ـ رابغ ـ ثول السريع غدا. Al-Yaum (in Arabic). 2003-09-23.

External linksEdit

  • Rabigh city website is