After performing umrah, we left the holy city of Makkah to al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah for Al-Masjid al-Nabawī, the magnificient mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is the second holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the second mosque built in history and is now one of the largest mosques in the world. The site of the final resting place of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and early Muslim leaders caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar is located in Ar-Rawdah, the green dome over the center of the mosque.
All praise to Allah (s.w.t) for granting us the opportunity to visit His last messenger, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his companions. Quran: 21:106-107 – ”And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”
Al-Masjid al-Nabawī, often called the Prophet’s Mosque, is a mosque built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad saw situated in the city of Medina. It is the second holiest site in Islam (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca). It was the second mosque built in history and one of the largest mosques in the world. After an expansion during the reign of al-Walid I, it also now incoporates the site of the final resting place of Prophet Muhammad saw and early Muslim leaders Abu Bakr ra and Saidina Umar ra. Under the Green Dome, the chamber in which the Prophet Muhammad saw is buried.
Although visiting the Prophet’s Mosque has no connection with the Hajj Or Umrah Rituals, we felt it is our obligation as Muslim to visit The Prophet’s Grave & Mosque as a token of our love & appreciation to him when we are in Saudi Arabia. Unlike Masjidil Haram Which Open 24hrs , The Nabawi Mosque Close after Isya’ And Re-open Again Around 3.00 a.m Just Before Dawn For The Next Prayer.
The mosque is filled with electrical and mechanical systems, such as retractable domes and umbrella’s , It even has the largest and most innovative motorist umbrella systems.
I really miss the peace that I feel there. Any moment I spent there was filled with joy. It seemed that I had left all my fears and anxiety back there in my hometown and was given happines instead.
I told my hubby, that I won’t shop much on my Umrah journey. Me well known to be a shopaholic I don’t want to be overshopping. Until I heard the vendor shout, “Khamsa(5) Riyal !” And I was like, “That cute scarfs only 5 Riyal??” Ok! there goes my riyal :))
Raudhah is one spot in the Nabawi Mosque that is most sought after. Muslims believe that prayers offered in this tiny spot will most probably be granted, Raudhah is among the a few places that is mustajab. They believe, this garden will be taken up to heaven at the end of time. People worship here in droves, barging each other, sharing the same space at Raudhah. Don’t get angry if you get shoved, stepped on, or even accidentally kicked by other pilgrims. You just have to be patience and understand that Raudhah is a very small spot and everyone wanted to be in it, pray, say their prayer and stay as long as they can in it. Patience is a virtue and always remember, if you treat other people rightl, you’ll get treated fairly by Allah s.w.t.. Apart from that, do pray a lot to Allah to make it easy for you.
Raudhah is always full, congested & never empty. In Raudhah the male and female prayer area is separated. There are special timings for ladies to enter Raudhah. Below are info on Raudhah visiting hours for ladies :-
- After Fajr prayer until 11 am
- After Zuhur prayer until before Asar time
- After Isya’ prayer until 12 midnight
Our agent has arranged an experienced Indonesian mutawif to accompany the ladies in my group to enter Raudhah. We went there after Isyak at around 9pm. The benefit of coming in a group, you can protect one another. During our briefing, we were reminded to stick together.
In Raudhah we äre divided by nationalities, or by language we spoke. Don’t get shocked when you encountered Arab’s guard speaking Indonesian to you. Duduk Ibukkk.. Dudukkkk is most common said line. In fact, almost everyone speaks Indonesian Malay in Mecca and Madinah.
During waiting time, I prayed to Allah s.w.t to be given the opportunity to pray in Raudhah because I’ve heard stories of people that couldn’t manage to perform prayer even when they already in because of the overwhelming crowd.
Finally we were ushered into Raudhah, the pushing & bulldozing people started. At times, I felt like I’m going to collapased & fall anytime. Don’t underestimate the ólder Arab ladies, they may looked fragile and weak but their strength is “superkuat” level ..hehe
When I entered Raudhah, I gave salam to Prophet Muhammad saw & the 2 caliphs. When I started to pray a group of ladies from behind pushed me so hard I nearly fall and kissed the floor. And again my patience is tested, this time a prayer chair beside me fall and landed on my big toe. I felt like crying. Luckily my mutawif & friends are around to help. Then I composed myself, istighfar repeatedly and pray to allah swt to make it easy for me to pray here. I just tawakkal to Allah s.w.t. still there’s pushing & urging from all angles on me but I just focus on my prayer. This is indeed a life experience.
Medina and all its splendor. This city and its maginficence will definately make you want to return.
Thats all i manage to share for My Umrah journey blog in Madinah at Prophet Mosque, Al-Nabawi, till than wait for my final and part 4 blog on my Umrah Journey. Thank you for dropping in & I hope you enjoy the peektures & my journey there.