House of Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him)
This is an approximate area, outside the Saee site, where the house of Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was located. Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was the uncle of the Prophet (saw) on the paternal side and defended him while he was in Mecca.
Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib was three years older than his nephew. A wealthy merchant, in the early years of Islam, he defended the Prophet (saw) while he was in Mecca, but became converted only after the Battle of Badr in 624 CE (2 after Hijra). His descendants founded the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 CE.
Despite his noble position among the Quraysh, Abu Talib, another uncle of the Prophet (SAW), was rather poor. He had a large family, and he did not have enough funds to adequately support them. His poor situation became much worse when a severe drought hit the Arabian Peninsula. Just at this time of drought, before his call to prophecy, the Prophet (saw) told his uncle Abbas: “Your brother Abu Talib has a big family. People, as you see, suffer from this severe drought and face hunger. Let’s go to Abu Talib and take responsibility for some of his family. I will take one of his sons, and you can take another, and we will take care of them. ” He approved, and together they went to Abu Talib and told him: “We want to ease part of the burden of your family until this sad period has passed.” Abu Talib agreed, and the Prophet (saw) took Ali to his family, and Abbas took Jafar to his own. Jafar stayed with his uncle Abbas until he was a young man.
Abbas was one of the younger brothers of the Prophet’s father (SAW) Abdullah. In the early years, when Islam gained adherents, Abbas defended his relative, but did not accept the faith.
He was captured during the Battle of Badr and converted to Islam shortly before the fall of Mecca, 20 years after his wife Umm al-Fadl. Umm al-Fadl (may Allah be pleased with her), whose real name was Lubaba bint al-Harit, was one of the first converts to Islam and was a close friend of Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her), the first wife of the Prophet (SAW).
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Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) got the right to give Zamzam water to pilgrims, whose rights were transferred to his descendants. He is buried in the Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Medina.
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Ali’s house (may Allah be pleased with him) was close to the house of Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him).
Sources: The History of Makkah Mukarramah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, Wikipedia, MuslimAccess.com