|Masjid Sheikan or also known as Masjid wrestling.|
The Youth Around Nabi SAW
Whenever an army of Mujahideen moved out from Madinah for battle, Nabi SAW inspected them at some distance outside the town to ensure that nothing was short in men and equipment. It was here that, he usually returned all those young boys,back to Madinah Munawwarah, who had come out with the army in their wish to fight for Islam.
Rafe' and Samurah
While setting out for Uhud, Nabi SAW carried out an inspection just outside Madinah Munawwarah. He ordered the young boys to go back. Among them were Abdullah bin 'Umar, Zaid bin Thabit, Usamah bin Zaid, Zaid bin Arqam, Bara bin Azib, Amr bin Hazam, Usaid bin Zubair, 'Urabah bin Aus, Abu Sa'eed Khudri, Samurah bin Jundub and Rafe' bin Khudaij . All of them had just entered their teens.
Khudaij said to Nabi SAW: "O Nabi of Allah! My son Rafe’ is a very good archer."
Rafe' RA stood on his toes to show himself to be taller than he actually was. Nabi SAW permitted him to stay on. When Samurah bin Jundub learnt about this, he complained to his stepfather Murrah bin Sanan saying: "Nabi SAW has allowed Rafe' RA and rejected me. I am sure to beat him in a wrestling contest and therefore, I am more deserving of Nabi's SAW favour."
This was reported to Nabi SAW who allowed Samurah to prove his claim by wrestling with Rafe'. Samurah did actually beat Rafe' in the fight and he too was permitted to join the army. A few more boys made similar efforts to stay on and some of them were given permission. Meanwhile it became dark. Nabi SAW made necessary arrangements for the guarding of the camp during the night,and then asked: "Now, who is going to guard my tent during the night?"
A person (standing at his place): "I, O Nabi of Allah!"
Nabi SAW: "What is your name?"
The person: "Zakwaan."
Nabi SAW: "All right. You take your seat."
He again inquired: "Who else is volunteering to guard my tent for tonight?"
A voice: "I, O Nabi of Allah!"
Nabi SAW, "Who are you?"
A voice: "Abu Saba' (father of Saba')."
Nabi SAW : "All right. Sit down."
He enquired for the third time: "Who will be the third man to guard my tent, tonight?"
Again a voice came from the crowd: ”I, O Nabi of Allah!"
Nabi SAW: "Your name?"
The voice: "Ibn Abdul Qais (son of Abdul Qais)."
Nabi SAW: "All right. You also sit down."
Then Nabi SAW asked all the three volunteers to come to him.
Only one person came forward. "Where are your other two friends?"
The Person: "O Nabi of Allah! It was I who stood up all three times."Nabi SAW blessed him with his Duas and allowed him to guard his tent. He kept watching the tent all night long. Just look! How eager the Sahabah were to face death for the sake of Allah SWT and His Nabi SAW.
The children and adults, young and old, men and women, all had the same feeling of sacrifice and love. Rafe bin Khudaij RA had offered to fight in Badr too, but he was not permitted. However, he was allowed to fight for the first time in Uhud. Since then, he had been participating in almost all the battled. In Uhud, the enemy's arrow struck him in his chest. When it was taken out, a small piece remained inside his body. This caused a wound, which finally caused his death in his old age.
Masjid Sheikhain today marks this memorable time and place. Also known as the Masjid of Wrestling, the Masjid of the Shield and the Masjid of Badaai’e as according to one narration Umm Salman RadhiAllahu anha came to give food to Rasulullah SallAllahu alahi wasallam at the time. The explanation for calling this the Mosque of the Two Sheikhs is that two elderly men lived in tall houses so close together that they could both stand at their respective windows conversing with each other. And Allah knows best.