The District of al-Ramla
The village was located 3 km away from the Mediterranean. For Palestinians al-Nabi Rubin had great significance because it was the site of a shrine for al-Nabi (The prophet) Rubin, who was honored with annual mawsim (pilgrimage season), during which Islamic and popular celebrations were held. The mawsim lasted from July through September. People flocked to the shrine from Jaffa, Lydda, al-Ramla, and the region's villages. They sang religious as well as secular/popular songs; danced the dabka, held dhikr sessions; watched horse races and magic shows; and listened to preachers or zajjals. The participants camped in tents and were served refreshments at makeshift cafés and restaurants. They shopped for wares at booths that entrepreneurs set up for the occasion. The village land area was designated as an Islamic waqf (pious endowment). Shops as well as movie theaters were built in the neighborhood of the shrine.
Zionists established Kibbutz Palmachim, and the settlement of Gan Soreq on village land. The shrine of al-Nabi Rubin stands amid shrubs and other wild vegetation.