Visiting to Nabawi Mosque in Madinah. Coming in the Nabawi Mosque made my heart felt calm and peaceful. There were thousands of people stayed there for worshiping. I was sure there were in peaceful as I felt.
Nabawi Mosque is the second holiest mosque in the world after Al-Haram Mosque. It is a great mosque in Madinah. Nabawi mosque also well known as the Prophet’s Mosque was built by the Prophet Muhammad himself next to his house and contains his tomb. When it was built for the first, the mosque was very simple, which had the roof covering of straw, walls with date branches, and pillars of supportive tree trunks and floor of bare sand. The mosque was a 30 m by 35 m rectangular and its height was 2.5 meters. Now, however, it is 90,000 square meters area, 1300 meters height, 66,000 meters long roof, and more than 2,000 pillars.
As it stands today, Nabawi Mosque has a rectangular plan on two floors with the Ottoman prayer hall projecting to the south. The main prayer hall occupies the entire first floor. The mosque enclosure is 100 times bigger than the first mosque built by the Prophet and it can accommodate more than half a million worshippers. It means that millions of Muslims visit this beautiful mosque every year for offering prayers from around the world, for it is the symbol of their emotional attachment with Prophet Muhammad SAW. Muslims who perform the Haj at the Ka’ba in Makkah, mostly visit Madinah to see the Prophet’s resting place.
Nabawi Mosque has a flat paved roof topped with 24 domes on square bases. Holes pierced into the base of each dome illuminate the interior. The roof is also used for prayer during peak times, when the 24 domes slide out on metal tracks to shade areas of the roof, creating light wells for the prayer hall. At these times, the courtyard of the Ottoman mosque is also shaded with umbrellas affixed to freestanding columns. The roof is accessed by stairs and escalators. The paved area around the mosque is also used for prayer, equipped with umbrella tents.
Nabawi Mosque is considered as one of the most significant mosques in religion of Islam. Its importance can be observed in the following saying of Prophet Muhammad SAW:
“Do not prepare yourself for a journey to any mosque [with the intention to earn special reward of prayers] but the three mosques al-Masjid al-Haram, al-Masjid al-Aqsa, and my mosque.” (HR. Bukhari)
So it means that praying in this masjid guarantees extra-ordinary reward for the believers in Nabawi Mosque. Another saying of Muhammad SAW:
“One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque excepting al-Haram Mosque.” (HR. Bukhari)
The amount of blessings that one could get by praying here is evident from the above mentioned Hadith, i.e. one thousand times better for praying in Nabawi Mosque than praying elsewhere with the exception of Al-Haram Mosque.
Another great part of Nabawi Mosque which is 22 meters in length and 15 meters in width, with some part of it situated inside Hurah (chamber) of Prophet Muhammad SAW.
Abu Huraira describes that the Prophet Muhammad SAW said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon my fountain [Al-Kautsar].” (HR.Bukhari)
The high significance of Raudhatul-Jannah is evident from the above Hadits that it is called a garden similar to those ones present in paradise, by Prophet Muhammad SAW, so it means visiting this place and offering prayer in it is just like someone is in heaven.
Muslim of men can offer prayers at the mosque 24 hours every day, but women are only allowed entry after dawn and after the afternoon prayers. Pilgrims are not allowed to touch the fencing of the Prophet’s tomb or the tomb itself as it is considered idolatry.
Nabawi mosque is visited by Muslims for religious purposes. Although there is no compulsion that a Muslim performing the Umrah (pilgrimage to Makkah) should visit Nabawi Mosque or the Prophet’s mosque, most of them do because the mosque contains the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. However, Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the center of the city. Though Madinah and Nabawi mosque are places of interest, they cannot be treated as a tourist destination by a non-Muslim traveler.
That’s all about Nabawi Mosque I can share. And I hope you all try to go to Nabawi Mosque in Madinah.