What happened in Masjid al-Jinn Area?
Masjid al-Jinn, located on Al Masjid Al Haram Road, is where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) drew a line for Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) who had accompanied him after he had been commanded to recite the Qur’an to the Jinn.
The area is located two kilometers north of the Kaaba. Initially, there was not a mosque there.
Allah says in the Holy Quran “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) made tablıg and recited Qur’an to jinns. In the year 619, while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was returning to Mecca from Taif, where he went for tablıg, he prayed at Batn-i Nahle.
When they reached the place in the Ma’la district of Makkah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used his foot to draw a circle on the ground. He then instructed me to sit inside the circle. And then he met with jinns, he recited the Qur’an to the Jinn troops and invited them to Islam. Also, this incident is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an in the first sixteen verses of Surah Al-Jinn that Allah says; the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited the Qur’an and invited the Jinn to Islam, and they accepted. Rumour has it that there were seven Jinn who were from Nusaybin.
Those Jinns who became Muslim went back their tribes to invite their tribes’ to Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then continued talking with a group of them until Fajr and went back to Mecca with Abdullah bin Mas’ood.
The first mosque was built underground without domes and minarets on 05.07.1700 by architect Ibrahim. Nowadays, it has been renovated with modern architecture and pilgrims visit there with near Jannat Al Mu'alla. Additionally, visiting Masjid al-Jinn is not an obligatory ritual of Hajj.