Mother of Humankind: Grave of Eve in Jeddah
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Mother of Humankind: Grave of Eve in Jeddah

All holy books (Torah, Bible, Koran) of Jewish, Christianity, and Islam, stated that Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God to dwell on earth. Pilgrims from all over the world used to visit the grave of Eve in Jeddah and supplicate to her.

All holy books (Torah, Bible, Koran) of Jewish, Christianity, and Islam, stated that Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God to dwell on earth. There is a complete account of Adam and Eve in the bible, where in verse 1:26, God said, "Let us make people* in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life--the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals,* and small animals". Similarly, in the Koran chapter: The Cow, Verse: 2.35, God said, “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the garden and eat from it a plenteous (food) wherever you wish and do not approach this tree, for then you will be of the unjust”.

Historians believed that Adam was descended by God in India and Eve was descended in Jeddah and both met together in Arafat, a place in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, where they lived for a long time. For centuries, historian and archeologists are searching tirelessly to find out the location where Adam and his wife Eve (peace be upon them) were buried. The location of Adam’s grave is unknown, but Eve’s grave is believed to be in Jeddah.

Jeddah is the main port of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea and represents the main gate through which most of the Muslim pilgrims arrive to perform Haj (pilgrimage) every year. In the Arabic language, Jeddah means ‘Grandmother’, and it is believed that the city derived its name from Eve “Mother of all humanity”. However, in Alamariyah District in the old city of Jeddah, there is an old cemetery called Hawa (Eve), where it is believed that mother Eve was buried in.

The site is respected from all residents and visitors and its origins became a legend. Historians from the 12th and 13th centuries mentioned in their books that this site comprised an extraordinary tomb with 150 meter long, 3 meter wide and one meter in height. Others described it as one dome covering the location of Eve grave. The form and size of the grave remained controversial until in the 1940s, Kink Abdullah, founder of Saudi Arabia, ordered the demolition of the grave to prevent the growing superstition surrounding the site. Now the site is surrounded by high walls and is used as a cemetery for the residents of Jeddah.

Pilgrims from all over the world used to visit the grave of Eve in Jeddah and supplicate to her, although there is no solid evidence until now that confirms with certainty the truth behind the story of this grave. For the three holy religions, Eve was the mother of all mankind, but the location of her grave remained a controversial issue, and yet to be explored.

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Comments (21)

History is fascinating, in the age of modern technology many secrets can be uncovered that have lay dormant for centuries. Great work.

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As an archaeologist and historian, I am very interested in the sources of this statement: "Historians believed that Adam was descended by God in India," as well as, " . . . archeologists are searching tirelessly to find out the location where Adam and his wife Eve."

Thank you James for your comment as well as your interest in this article. In fact the statement is not a quotations, but it is my comment for what I have read in the Arab-Muslim traditions. Many Muslim scholars have written about this subject and their opinions were not the same. That is why I believed that they were searching for the truth which is not certain until now. For example, there were many scholars beginning from the 10th century have written, of course in Arabic language, their views about the place of Adam’s descent such as Ibn Abi Hatim, who narrated that Ibn Abbas said: "Adam descended on land called 'Dihna' between Mecca (Makkah) and Taif.", two cities in Saudi Arabia. Al-Hassan, another Muslim scholars explained that Adam descended in India and Eve in Jeddah. Another story was narrated by Ibn Umar that Adam descended on As-Safa and Eve on Al-Marwa, two mountains within the vicinity of Kaba, the sacred house in Mecca and the place where Muslims perform Hajj (pilgrimage) once a year. in fact I have not read any papers written by non-muslim about this subject.

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Very interesting Abdel.

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Another interesting post, Abdel.

Thank you deep very much for your appreciated comment

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Thanks, for the clarification, Abdel. What I found most interesting is the reference to the archaeological pursuits. I would be very interested in any formal papers written by archaeologists regarding theories, excavation, or published works because I have never encountered any writings on this topic whatsoever. To my knowledge, no articles have been published since the formal advent of archaeology. If such documents exist I would be most interested in accessing them.

You have such great articles.

Thank you very much Martin for your encouraging comments.Appreciate

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It is really interesting to know about the grave of Eve. Thanks for sharing such important information.

I didn't know Eve had a grave - even a supposed one.

This is so interesting, and new to me. Always glad to read about, and learn of the various views people have that are different from mine when it comes to God, the beginning of time, the beginning of mankind, and the many other things that sometimes leave a huge question mark in our minds. Thank you for sharing this belief about Eve, the "mother of mankind." Sorry, I'm out of votes, but will come back soon.

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Voted up. Excellent article

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Another very interesting article. Well done. Voted up.

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Interesting article. Voted up.

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I thank you for this most informative article.

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