The SCTH or the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has stated that a site located in the Bani Saad Village in Taif has nothing to with the wet nurse of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Halima Al Saadiya. It had been previously thought that the village is located around 85 km south of the city of Taif had been named after Halima Bint Abi Dhuayb Abdullah Bin Al Harity, who is well known in Islamic History as Halima Al Saadiya (translating to Halima the Lucky), who was thought to have lived there around 1500 years ago.
The advisor to the SCTA President Prince Sultan Bin Salman, Dr. Saad Al Rashid has stated that there is no scientific evidence which can prove that Halima Al Saadiya had ever lived in the Bani Saad village. He stated that a team from the project of taking care of the important Islamic historical sites had visited the village outside of Taif, upon the directives of Prince Sultan after some press reports had emerged about the presence of a house which possibly belonged to Al Saadiya in Bani Saad. However the team could not really find any scientific evidence at all which could prove that the place in question did indeed belong to Al Saadiya during that period of History. There are no historical engravings or antiquities or any other thing which could serve as reasonable evidence to confirm the various reports about the place belonging to Al Saadiya.
None of the authentic sources have endorsed any idea that there had been a village which had been named after Al Saadiya. However some of the informed sources have stated that the Bani Saad family, to which Al Saadiya belonged, used to live in the desert. This particular location should not be mentioned as the house of Halima Al Saadiya on Islamic history sites or the SCTA maps, until the study on the topic has been officially completed.
The team sent by the SCTA had found an open mosque located in a mountainous area which is surrounded by stacked stones. The mosque consists of three small rectangular shaped stone walls which are no more than 50 cm in height. Some of the visitors have put prayer mats and sheets in the mosque. The official from the SCTA stated that the hut looked like something which would be used to store fodder and could not be considered as a mosque or house.
The same team also visited several historical sites in Aqeeq Ushaira in order to compare the relics and antiquities with historical texts. After studying those texts, the team has come to a conclusion that the location of the Bani Saad where the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W had spent his early days, was most likely located towards the north of Taif. Prince Sultan has also endorsed the findings and recommendations of the team and has forwarded the report to the Governor of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al Faisal. Copies of the report had also been sent to the governor of Taif.
Source: Saudi Gazette
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