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The House of Mohammed

Mohammed’s house in Mecca before the demolishing

The Jordanian historian managed to get to Mecca. For those who are not familiar with Saudi hospitality, Mecca is not an easy place to get into, even for a Muslim. Aside from housing the most important landmark in Islam, the Kabaa, Mecca was Mohammed’s home until he left for Madeena when he was fifty years old. So, for an entire 50 years Mohammed had a whole life in Mecca.

The question Dr. Fayazi asked was simple: Why was there no landmark related to Mohammed in Mecca? Shouldn’t there be at least the old place where he was born? Or his house? Anything?

As for Fatima, she was also born in Mecca, in Mohammed’s and Khadeeja’s (Fatima’s mother) house. But finding any landmark related to her was not expected, not with what Dr. Fayazi knew. The fact that Arabs where methodically destroying and tearing down anything related to Fatima was not a secret anymore. One simple and very obvious example was Fatima’s mosque in Madeena.  (more on that later).

Back to Dr. Fayazi’s trip to Mecca: After a long search, and with the help of the families living there, Fayazi found a shocking surprise. The old historian had found Mohammed’s house in Mecca.

For those who are not familiar with Islamic history, Mohammed’s house was the place where:

1-     Mohammed became a prophet.

2-     Mohammed lived for about 20 years of his life.

3-     Fatima was born.

4-     Mohammed married Khadeeja.

5-     Islam started, in secrecy at first, as they were afraid of the Arabs.

6-     Ali, Mohammed’s cousin (and later, Fatima’s husband) was raised.

7-     Quran told us that Gabrial, the archangel, had visited Mohammed there countless times.

8-     The place of the famous spiritual trip/experience of Esraa and Me’raj which started based on the Quran.

There is no question about how important this house was. But how do you think this house was taken care of by Muslims?

Come on, take your wildest guess.

No, not even close.

Mohammed's house in Mecca before the demolishing

Here is what Fayazi learned. The house was torn down in the beginning of 1900 (when the Wahabbis took control over Saudi) and later was turned into… a public toilet.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is how Muslims treated the house where Mohammed spent most of his life. This is a glimpse into how everything else related to Moahmmed was treated. Tear it down and change it to a place where people answer nature’s call. Where (at least in Islamic teaching) angles were not allowed to enter.

Only a few years ago the Saudi closed the public toilet and changed it into a public library. At least this is what the sign says; this library is closed all of the time.

Unfortunately, Fayazi couldn’t take photos of this supposed library.

Here is an excerpt from The Detour about visiting Mohammed’s house:

“Here,” Fayazi said, pointing at an old house painted in a white color that was way beyond peeling.

Beside the big green flag of Saudi fixed on the wall, a sign in Arabic and Urdu hung on the wooden door. It said “Public Library,” but the look of the only small door and the dingy area behind it suggested anything but books. Public toilets would have been more appropriate.

“This is the Prophet’s house?” both Zain and Safiya said in unison.

“You should have seen it in my days,” Fayazi said. “It used to be public toilets.”

Wow, sometimes Edward scared himself.

The story goes on to describe the poor and neglected neighborhood in detail. And most importantly the tourist-friendly long-bearded Suadi religion policeman who guarded the house and prevented anyone from entering or taking photos, as if he was protecting a national security secret.

Here is another expert from The Detour when the characters find a way into the house:

“Aside from four or five shelves that contained books with leather covers and two wooden tables in the middle of the room, there was nothing in the library. The walls had recently been painted white. The bright color reminded Edward of hospitals, especially with the two neon lights fixed to the ceiling.

“It’s made of brick,” Edward said. “It can’t be from fourteen hundred years ago.”

“Renovation.” Zain chuckled, but there was no humor in it.

Safiya turned from one wall to the other, touching the one next to her so gently, as if she expected the spirits from the past to rise. “I don’t understand,” she finally said in a low voice. “How can this be our prophet’s house and no one is paying any attention to it?”

“Attention?” Zain said, pointing at the walls. “They have torn down the old house. And turned it into this… this…” He shook his head and waved it off.

But this was Dr. Fayazi’s first discovery only. The rest is even more interesting.

The Historian

Okay, let’s leave the history for a moment and talk about the present.

Dr. Fayazi is a fictional character that I created based very closely on a real Jordanian historian who specializes in Islamic history. He is a college professor (and, no, I am not allowed to say which college). Fayazi dedicated his life to knowing more about Fatima and what happened to her. I really don’t know why. Every time I asked him, he gives me a different reason. But I have a close guess.

Note: In the book The Detour I talked about Fayazi’s past and a large part of that is just based on my guesses. The Doctor never spoke of it, but thankfully he liked the story I came up with about him and didn’t mind putting it in the book.

Fayazi was one of a few historian contacted by the UK government to analyze the documents found in Iraq after the 2003 war. I think that was part of the war-against-terror thing, as I heard from other people later, especially translators, that they were contacted to help in identifying documents to see how relevant they are to helping the NATO to fight Al-Qaeda or find Saddam’s WMD. (Weapon of Mass Destruction)

During his work, Fayazi found an old document, a letter from a famous Ayatollah to one of his students giving him some instructions about an important and hidden trust that must be moved to Saudi as that was its real home. The Doctor told me that the letter had used some kind of code to refer to the book of Fatima. A legendary book that some believe possesses secrets strong enough to change the world. Some say it is another Quran, others say it is a collection of prophecies that Mohammed (or Gabriel, the archangel) told Fatima.

I told you that Fayazi had worked a lot on the Fatima case. So, the old historian had his own theory about Fatima’s legendary book. His theory is much more believable than the other theories and explains all the strange things one could find when reading about the Book of Fatima (AKA The Quran of Fatima) in the history.

So what did Dr. Fayazi do with the new lead he got about Fatima’s book?

Have I told you that the Doctor was also crazy? Well he is. And I told him this to his face. Because he did something no sane man would do. At least not someone who wrote five history books criticizing the Wahabbies and the Saudis.

Fayazi went to Saudi to find the book of Fatima.

The book that some old manuscripts said held the key to change the future.

In my next post, I will tell you more about what Fayazi did in Saudi. Inshalla (By God’s will).

So what happened to Fatima


 The Detour

Fadak Farm, Madeena


Now I will tell you what history told us about Fatima, Mohammed’s only daughter.


Fadak Farm, Madeena

Here are the facts:

1- Fatima was very close to her father, Mohammad. She was the first one he saw when he came home and the last one he said goodbye to when he traveled. Of course, this was in a time when Arabs used to bury their daughters, thus it was unusual for a father and daughter to have such a caring relationship.

2- Islam’s teachings contain a lot about the importance of Fatima. Like this one: The prophet had repeated over and over that “God would be pleased when Fatima is pleased and furious at those who made her angry.” This status was accorded only to Fatima, no other Muslim enjoyed such a privilege.

3- Fatima died right after her father. She was only 18.

4- Muslims do not know when exactly she died. Some says two weeks after her father, others say a month or two.

5- No one knows where Fatima’s grave is. That was part of her will. Another part of her will was that no one from those who oppressed her should be allowed to attend her funeral. Guess how many were allowed to come to the funeral of the great woman of Islam? Only five men, including her husband Ali.

6- It is an agreed-upon fact that Fatima died resenting her people, the nation of her father, most of them anyway. This was not only evident by the fact that she chose to hide her grave and funeral, but also in the two speeches she made in the big mosque reproaching those who hurt her.

Hurt her?

Imagine this: A young woman whom had lost her mother when she was young and whose loving father had just died. A woman so important that the prophet kept repeating that treating her with respect was as important as praying and fasting. So what did the great Muslim nation do after her father died?

History tells us about something called The House of Sadness, which was located in Madeena in Saudi (of course, our Saudi friends destroyed this landmark as they have done with everything else related to Fatima). This house was built because Fatima kept weeping all day and night after Mohammed died because of what they had done to her. People were irritated by  “This crying lady” so they threw her out of the city. Ali then built a small house for her away from the city. That was the House of Sadness. Well done, Arabs.

But what really happened to her? There are some stories; you can find many of them if you search the internet. But what we discovered was slightly more terrifying than what the history told us.



A view of the trees of Fadak, notice the houses

Before talking about Fatima, Islam and Arabia one thousand years ago, let me tell you about Fadak.




A view of the trees of Fadak; notice the houses.


For those who are into travel and visiting historical sites, Fadak, is the real deal. It is a small town in Saudi Arabia, but unlike other historical landmarks in the world, Fadak is hidden. No one wants to talk about it, few people know where it is, and once you start asking questions, you will be at the receiving end of the dagger-like glares of the Islamic religion police.


Here is an excerpt from my novel: The Detour ( that talks about Fadak as described by the a third-person view of Edward Fleming, the hot-headed American researcher who went to Fadak looking for his missing colleague.


“Edward and the driver both gasped. Noshad whispered some prayers. It was as if they entered a time warp, where time had long since stopped at one sad moment that it couldn’t pass. Calling it a ghost town would be as much an understatement as describing a civil war as a power-sharing dispute. There were no buildings, no clear roads; instead, lots of what looked like mud houses were scattered everywhere. The small dark silhouettes were forty square feet maximum. There were no fences, no doors, no windows, just two small openings on top of the wall with no glass. With no light from the inside, the openings looked like two peering eyes in a giant black skull. And if that wasn’t creepy enough, the palm trees, and there were a lot of them, were just empty trunks. No fins, no leaves, no dates, no nothing. Longs spikes into the skies. So surreal. As if happiness and hope and life itself were sucked away from this place, leaving only a dead shell empty but for sorrows. “What is this town?” Noshad whispered. “It’s so much scary.” “Yes. So much scary.”



Well, you got the idea. History books describe Fadak as a lush farm and a miniature heaven. Not anymore. Today, Fadak is one of the scariest things I ever saw, (right after Jaws the movie). So, what happened to this land?


The answer is long, and I am not sure I know the correct one, but here is a hint. This land used to belong to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed. Yes, used to, but once the prophet died, the great Muslim nation took this land from her, among other things. More about that will come later.


Why Fatima?


The land of Fadak, where it all begun


I am not really sure how Dr. Fayazi stumbled on this subject, the research that changed his life and the lives of many other people around the world. Millions, if not more, would have their lives take another course once the secrets about Fatima’s life and death was revealed.
Many mistook the subject of Fatima to be limited to Islam. But once the entire story was told, it became clear that revealing those secrets would correct the path of history regarding many pressing matters such as women rights, power transition in Islam and democracy, to name a few.

Anyway, this is not what worries me. And it’s not my job either. My job is to let people know about the truth and then to decide for themselves what they want to do with this information.

Back to our favorite historian. From the bits and pieces I managed to get from our interview sessions, and later when we traveled to Saudi, I think (he refused to talk about this part) that Fayazi never intentionally started his research into Fatima and her legendary book. I know that the doctor studied Islamic religion, Shariaa, when he was in Saudi Arabia. But I don’t understand why he left to enter Egypt in the ’60s and changed tracks into the study of history. In my novel, The Detour –where Fayazi is one of the characters– I suggested something that fit with other information that I learned about other families in Saudi Arabia. It might be what really happened, I don’t know.
Anyway, what I know is that eventually the Jordanian historian wrote several articles about the famous leader, Saladin, and his wars against the Fatimies (yes, the Fatimies,) before the Crusade Wars. Fayazi paid special attention to the Fatimies origin and their contributions to the civilization in Egypt. Despite that this great Islamic state was destroyed by Saladin who hadn’t spared even the children, the Fatimies had left a brighter legacy to humanity than the Abbasid state that Saladin served.

Dr. Fayazi started investigating the origin of the Fatimies. It wasn’t rocket science to link them with Fatima, but a great deal of their lecture was based on one single fact. One mind-blowing secret that other Muslims –especially those who were in power– tried so desperately to hide.

That fact was: Fatima, prophet Mohammed’s only and beloved daughter, had died of a broken heart… and several broken ribs.

And here our story begins.

What is “The Detour”

This blog is a record for all the secrets and facts unearthed by one historian who spent his life searching for the legendary book of Fatima.
Dr. Fayazi is a historian who did all the work on this subject. Most of the research in this blog belongs to him.

My work in Saudi has helped me add more information about this, like the strange fruit of Fadak, and the rare photos of demolishing and hiding historical land marks in Saudi.

You will read historical facts about Islam and Arabs that were hidden for a long time.
You will read about what is happening in the Middle East, things that not only interest those who care about human rights, but which should interest everyone who lives in this planet.

This is not a conspiracy-theory blog. However, we have discovered several secrets that could not only change the history of the Middle East, but could affect the future of the region and maybe even the world.
Part of this historical account was transformed into a novel, The Detour. As you might expect, the novel was banned in many Middle East countries. But, and thanks to the still-free part of the world, this novel will be published in English in 11-11-2011.
Check out the website for more details