You intend to go to the city of Madinah. What are some of the things you can do in Masjid An-Nabawi? the most of it. Here’s just 5 things to do to make your time worthwhile.
Might sound obvious but a lot of people neglect this. Some people stay in their hotels even though the rewards of praying in Masjid An-Nabawi is huge!
Abu al-Darda’ narrated in Tabarani’s Mu`jam al-Kabir wherein the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stated, “A prayer in the Masjid al-Haram is akin to a hundred thousand prayers, a prayer in my mosque to a thousand prayers, and a prayer in the Bayt al-Maqdis to five hundred prayers.”
You will find that sometimes you can get in the Masjid even after the Azan and find space. The floor in the Masjid is made of marble. So try to pray on the carpets provided. Then again, I myself enjoyed the marbles!
2. Visit the Prophet
The only reason you go to Madinah is to visit Rasulullah Sallallahu Alyhiwasallam. This part of the Masjid is open 24/7 and can be accessed anytime. It does get crowded, but take your time and visit Rasulullah and his companions; Abu Bakr and Umar RadhiAllahu Anhuma.
Women do get to be close to the grave, however not as the men do. Therefore, my advice will be to do the Salam from outside the Masjid where you won’t be disturbed.
3. Riyadhul Jannah – Garden of Paradise
This is paradise on Earth! Hundreds of people visit this area and it can get a little dangerous, especially for the womenfolk. Keep calm.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon my fountain (Al-Kauthar).” [Bukhari]
Green carpets indicate the area of the Riyadhul Jannah. I would advice the men to get there just before Esha and try to pray after Esha in the area. There are dedicated times for women. Be careful as it gets very crowded during the women’s time.
4. The Roof!
Ok, there’s no particular virtues of praying on the roof. But it’s a different experience of praying up there. It doesn’t often get that crowded. On a nice cool day, it’s amazing!
5. Knowledge Circles
There are many classes and circles taking place in Masjid An-Nabawi. Some of the Imams such as Shaykh Hudhaify and Shaykh Qasim lead these classes too. Try to sit in them, even if you don’t understand the language.
Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquillity descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.”
May Allah accept your worship, Aameen