I’m really grateful that I was giving the opportunity to visit An-Nabawi Mosque which is the prophet’s mosque. The first time I stepped into this mosque, I have mixed feelings that is hard for me to explain. I’m amazed, proud but at the same time is sad. Sad that the man who has endured the pain in his life to bring this religion to the world. However, left behind the amazing legacy.
1. Why it called the prophet mosque? because it was built by the prophet Muhammad S.A.W himself. Prophet Muhammad S.A.W shared the heavy work during the construction of the mosque.
2. Gate 15 is the guide for me to go in and out from the mosque as the mosque has more than 20 gates. It a huge mosque, it has been greatly expanded and decorated. It was named one of the largest mosque in the world which able to accommodate more than 600 000 worshipers and pilgrims, It may increase to 1,000,000 during the Hajj season.
3. Originally the Nabawi mosque was supported by palm trunks as the roof and it was an open-air building. Back then the mosque served as a community centre, a court, and a religious school but today its only focus on the religious matters.
4. The mosque was located near to prophet’s house where he was buried. The green dome as you can see in the picture is the place where prophet S.A.W was buried with his beloved companions Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and Umar Al-Khattab.
5. Hadeeth of the Prophet S.A.W “No journey should be made to visit mosques except for three: this mosque of mine (in Medina), al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah) and al-Masjid al-Aqsa (in al-Quds/Jerusalem)”.Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Why Prophet Muhammad S.A.W mentioned about an-Nabawi mosque as a the must-visit mosque? What so special about this mosque?
Because its the second holiest mosque to the Muslims and the Prophet said: ”The prayer in my mosque (Al-Madeenah mosque) is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque with the exception of Al-Haraam mosque, and a prayer in Al-Haraam mosque is better than 100,000 prayers.” It is narrated by Imaam Ahmad.
6. It is better to pray in Al-Rawdah (the area between the minbar of the Prophet S.A.W and the room in which is his grave).This area is one of the gardens (riyaadh, sing. rawdah) of Paradise.
After Isha’ prayer, I went straight to Rawdah and I was surprised with hundreds of people waiting to enter Rawdah. People kept pushing to each other as to make sure they grabbed the opportunity to enter Rawdah before it closed. For women, there is certain time for us to visit Rawdah. However for men, their time much flexible.
The entire mosque is floored with red carpet, Rawdah is floored with green carpet and that is how you differentiate between Rawdah and the mosque.
7. If you want to pray inside the mosque you need to go early before its fully accommodated by worshippers around the world. Perhaps, 1 hour before the Azan (call to prayer).