By Adel quraishi
The last remaining Guardians of the Prophet’s Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi) in Madinah, taken by Saudi photographer Adel Quraishi.
These captivating images hold enormous historical significance as the only photographs to have ever been taken of the Guardians.
Since the Ottoman Empire, the keys to this holy site and the mosque’s minbar have been kept by a group of eunuchs originally from Abyssinia, known as the Guardians. Once numbering in the thousands, the Guardians date back to the 11th Century as keepers of the keys to the Prophet Muhammad’s burial chamber.
In 2013 Adel Quraishi was commissioned by the Governor of Madinah to produce portraits of the then eight remaining Guardians as an historic documentation of their final generation, with four having passed away since their portraits were taken.
Nouri Mohammed Ali (Shaikh of the Guardians)
Abdo Ali Shaikh
Ahmed Ali Yaseen
Ahmed Masibo Saleh – Rahimahullah
Imam Husain Zaino
Ali Bodaya Ibrahim
Saeed Adam Omar – Rahimahullah