This is the date orchard near the well from which Salman al-Farsi used to draw water for the date orchards in which he worked when he was sold into slavery and first arrived in Madinah in search of the last Prophet. A plush date orchard still exists around this well, and one can only try to imagine the overwhelming joy that Salman Al-Farsi must have felt when his long and hard search for the truth finally came to an end as he was at the top of a palm tree picking dates for his Jewish owner when he overheard him mention the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) arrival in Madinah. Salman was eventually released from slavery by the Prophet (peace be upon him), who paid his owner a stipulated price and who, himself, planted an agreed number of date palm trees to secure his manumission.
Translation: O Allah!! Behold I ask You the good through Your Knowledge, and
ability through Your Power, and beg (Your favour) out of Your infinite Bounty.
For surely You have Power; I have none. You know all; I know not. You are the
Great Knower of all things. O Allah! If in Your Knowledge this matter be good
for my faith (Deen), for my livelihood, and for the consequences of my affairs,
then ordain it for me, and make it easy for me, and bless me therein. But if in
Your Knowledge, this matter be bad for my faith (Deen) for my livelihood, and
for the consequences of my affairs, then turn it away from me, and turn me away
therefrom, and ordain for me the good wherever it be, and cause me to be pleased
Masjid Quba' is located on the outskirts of Madina in Saudi Arabia,and is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina and the mosque was completed by his companions.
According to tradition, offering two rakaʿāt of nafl prayers in the Quba Mosque is equal to performing one Umrah. Quba Masjid is the first mosque built in the history of Islam and was built as soon as Muhammad (peace be upon him) arrived on the Hijra.
Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to go there, riding or on foot, every Saturday and offer a two rak'ah prayer. He advised others to do the same, saying, "Whoever makes ablutions at home and then goes and prays in the Mosque of Quba, he will have a reward like that of an 'Umrah." This hadith is reported by Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Al-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah and Hakim al-Nishaburi.