(A Journey of Love)
To visit Madinah is not a Hajj or Umrah
rite, but the unique merits of the Prophet’s city, his Mosque and his sacred tomb
attract every pilgrim to visit it. There is no Ihram nor talbiyah
for the visit to Madinah or the Prophet’s Mosque.
Travel to Madinah and
you start travel to Madinah, Make niyyah (intention)
" O Allah! I start journey to visit the holy
tomb of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Please accept it from me."
During this journey, recite
Darud Sharif frequently. When the city of Madinah is in sight, show your
extreme fondness and excitement and humbly enter the city while reciting Darud and Salam.
Masjid-e-Nabvi. After putting your luggage at your
residence, take a bath or perform ablutions (vudu),
wear nice dress, apply perfume and proceed towards the Prophet’s Mosque while uttering Darud.
Bab-e-Jibril. Enter the mosque through Bab-e-Jibril or Bab-us-Salaam or if this is not possible, enter
through any other door.
Right Foot. Place your right foot first in the
entrance, praise Allah (such as say Allhu
Akbar, Subhan Allah, Alhamdu
Lillah, etc.), recite Darud and
aftah li abwabe
Raka’t Nafl. If it is not undesirable (Makrooh) time,
offer two rakahs of nafl tahiyyat al-masjid (greeting of the
masjid) preferably in Riaz al-Jannah near the tomb of
the Prophet or otherwise anywhere else in the mosque.
In front of the Holy Tomb.
1. The Holy Prophet
2. Hadrat Abu
3. Hadrat Umar
In front of the sacred tomb
of The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), there are three sections of brass screens
and all three have holes in them. Look at the picture carefully. If you stand in
front of the middle section between the pillars, you'll see a big round hole on
your left. This is in front of the face of the Holy Prophet. Adjacent to it is a
door that stays closed. Right after it on the right side is a round hole which is
in front of the face of Hadrat Abu Bakr Siddique. On
the right of it, there is another round hole which is in front of the face of Hadrat Umar Farooq.
Here is an enlarged view of the screen in front of the sacred face of our beloved
Prophet (peace be upon him). Standing in front of it and facing it, say in a respectful
and hushed voice:
"Assalamu alaika, ayyuhan-nabiyya wa
rahmatul-lahi wa barakatuhu"
(Peace be on you, O Prophet, and the mercy and blessings of Allah.)
After this say:
alaika ya Habib-Allah"
Then supplicate to Allah for good things in this life and the life after death.
You may use the same supplication recited earlier during the Tawaf
"Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan
wa fil-akhirati hasanatan
Offer Salam of others. Now offer salam
of relatives or friends in your own language or say:
Rasul Allah min----."
After the word "min", add the
name of your friend or relative.
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique. Then
move a little to the right and stand before the grave of Hazrat
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him). Greet him and supplicate to bestow His
mercy and forgiveness on him.
Hazrat Umar Farooq. Again
move a little to the right before the grave of Hazrat
Umar ( may Allah be pleased with him), and greet him and make supplication
Forty Prayers. Men should offer forty prayers (Salat) in the Prophet's Mosque, but it is not
a requirement of any kind. It is only Mustahab,
i.e., rewarding if done, but if not done there is no sin.
Other places to visit. Some of the other important places
to visit are: Masjid Quba, Jannat al-Baqee,
graves of Hazrat Hamzah
martyrs of Uhud (may Allah be pleased with
them) and Masjid Qiblatain, etc.
Among them Masjid Quba is the most
important. It is the first mosque in the history of Islam whose foundation stone
was laid down by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself on his migration to
Madinah. To offer 2 raka'ats of nafl
in it is equal to one Umrah. After visiting the Prophet’s
Mosque and his tomb every pilgrim should try his best to visit it and pray in this
mosque as well.
Departure from Madinah. When you have to leave Madinah, offer
your Salam again to the Prophet (peace be upon him), cry at this
separation, supplicate to Allah and leave with the earnest desire to come back.