VISIT MADINA MUNAWARA
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said, “The person who visits my grave, his intercession becomes wajib on me.”
In another tradition Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said “Let him who can die in Madina, for I shall intercede for those who die in it. (Ahmed, Tirmizi Sharif)
Here is one more tradition: “The work of the Antichrist (Dajjal) will not enter Madina. That day it will have seven gates with two angels at each gate. (Bukhari Sharif)
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “O Allah, put in Madina twice as many blessings as Thou has put in Makka.” (Bukhari Sharif, Muslim Sharif)
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said, “He who purposely comes to visit me will be under my protection on the Day of Resurrection; he who lives in Madina and endures its difficulty will have me as a witness and intercessor on the Day of Resurrection; and he who dies in one of the two sacred territories will be raised by Allah on the Day of Resurrection among those who will be safe. (Baihaqi)
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said, “He who performs the pilgrimage and visits my grave after my death will be like him who visited me in my lifetime. (Baihaqı)
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said, The last hour will not come before Madina drives away its wicked people as the bellows drives away the impurity of iron. (Muslim Sharif)
You should pass your journey to Madina Munawwara with an excessive recitation of Darood Sharif, Astagfaar and Prayers.
When you reach Madina Munawwara, after keeping your baggage safely, take a bath or perform wudu, put on a good dress, use some perfume and reciting Darood Sharif, proceed to Masjid-e-Nabvi, also known as Haram Sharif. You should bear in mind that you are going to call at the Greatest person on earth, our best guide and beloved Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).
He sees you when you face him and responds to salaam which you offer him. Our every act against Islam and disobedience shocks him as a patron. The great oriental philosopher poet Allama Iqbal once prayed:
O my Lord Allah give me whatever penalty on mý sins, but show not the record of my evil deeds to my beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), as he will be shocked and his heart will break
UNIQUE MERITS OF THE MASJID OF ALLAH’S MESSENGER’S SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM)
The unique merit of the Masjid of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) lies in the fact that he rendered personal help in its construction, led prayers in it for years and called it his own Masjid.
He has said, “A prayer offered in my Masjid carries a thousand fold greater rewards than a prayer offered elsewhere. except in Masjid-e- Haram (the Masjid around the Ka aba).
According to Hazrat Anas (Rad-Yaliahu Anhu), Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said. The person who offers 40 prayers consecutively in my Masjid without missing a prayer in between, will secure immunity from the Fire of Hell and other torments and also from hypocrisy (Musnad-e-Ahmed) Again he has said, The space between my living quarters and my pulpit consists of a garden from the Gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is situated at the fountain of Al-Kauthar (in Paradise)” (Muslim Sharif, Bukhari Sharif)
While entering Masjid e-Nabvi, think of the great opportunity, repent for the sins and decide to lead a life on the footsteps of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Walk slowly and humbly.
Enter the Haram Sharif from Bab-e Jibreel or Bab-as-Salaam. Step right foot in first and recite:
BISMILLAAHI WASSALAATU WASSALAAMU ALAA RasoolLIL LAAHI ALLAA HUM MAG FIR LEE ZU NOO BEE WAF TAH LEE AB WAA BA RAH-MA-TI-KA WAD KHIL-NEE FEE-HAA YAA AR-HA MAR-RAA-HI-MEEN
In the name of Allah Blessing and Peace be upon Messenger of Allah O my Lord Allah forgive my sins and open for me the doors of Thy Mercy and get me entered therein, O the Most Merci ul of the Merciful.
Offer two raka’at of Tahayyatul Masid in Riyazu-Jannah (Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has called this place a piece of Paradise], the place between the niche and the house of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
Now come to Mawajeh Sharif, a place where you stand face to face with Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) Think of your sinful life and Allah’s favor to you to call you to Madina Munawwara for which millions of people desire. And now say O our beloved guide, Allahi’s Peace and Blessings be upon you, we have committed sins. We have turned towards you Pray to Allah in our favor for our betterment in this world and Hereafter May Allah grant us your intercession on the Day of Resurrection, Aameen.
Stand humbly in front of Mawajeh Sharif neither too close nor too far. Cas your eyes down and recite Darood Sharif and Salaam seventy times in a slow, respectful, soft voice.
After offering Salaam to Allah’s Messinger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) move a meter to the right and offer Salaam on Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq Radi Allahu Anhu), the first Caliph who lies asleep next to Allah’s Messenger. (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
Then move a meter more to the right and offer Salaam on Hazrat Umar (Radi Allahu Anhu), the second Caliph.
SOME SACRED SITES OF MADINA MUNAWWARA
Note it is Sunnat to pay a visit to Jannatul Baquee (burial ground in Madina Munawwara, Uhud and Masjid e-Qubaa. (Aala Hazrat)
This is the burial ground in Madina Munawwara. Here mothers of the faithful wives of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), his son Hazrat Ibrahim (Radiy- Allahu Anhu). Hazrat Fatima Zahraa (Radiy- Allahu Anha), daughter of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), Hazrat Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhu), paternal uncle of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), Chief of faithful Hazrat Uthman (Radi Allahu Anhu) and nearly ten thousand companions of Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) are buried here.
Mother of faithful, Hazrat Khadijatul Kubra (Radiyallahu Anha) is buried at Jannatul Ma’ala (Makkah Muazzama) and Mother of faithful Hazrat Maimunaa (Radiyallahu Anha) is buried at Saraf.
It is a Sunnat to visit Qubaa Shanf and do pay a visit to it. It is recorded in a tradition that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to visit Oubaa Sharif every week Sometimes he used to ride and sometimes he used to walk.
In the other tradition, it is recorded that offering Namaaz in Masjid-e-Qbaa is equal to Umrah, so when you visit Masjid e-Oubaa offer at least two raka’at Namaaz and offer Darood-o-Salaam in abundance.
One should pay a visit to mountain Uhud It is stated in Sahih Hadith Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) says, The mountain Uhud loves me and I also love it. According to another record When you pay a visit to Uhud, eat something from its tree, may it be just a babool.” Pay a visit to the martyrs of Uhud Sharif.
It is stated in Hadith that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to pay a visit to the graves of the martyrs of Uhud at the beginning of every year and used to offer Salaam, “Peace be on you the way you remained patient, then what a fine place the Hereafter is!
It is better to pay a visit on Thursday morning, and first of all, present yourself at the Mazaar of the Chief of martyrs Hazrat Ameer Hamza (Radiyallahu Anhu) and offer Salaam to him and then to other martyrs who are buried there. Apart from these, there are other sacred sites, pay a visit to these places and gain virtues. They are Masjid Juma, Masjid Musalla, or Masjid Ghamaamaa, Masjid Qiblatain, Masjid Sugaiyaa, Masjid Ahzaab, or Masjidul Fateh, Masjid Zubaab, Masjid Bani Haram, Masjid Abu Bakr, and Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhuma)
DU’AA OF QURBAANI
Before sacrificing the animal, make it eat and drink Also make the knife very sharp. Make the animal lies down on its left side, facing the Qblaa, and recite this dua:
IN-NEE WAJ-JAH-TU WAJ-HI-YA LIL-LA-ZEE FA-TA-RAS-SA-MAA-WAA- TI WAL-AR-DA HA-NEE-FANW WA-MAA A-NAA MI-NAL-MUSH-RI-KEE NA IN-NA SA-LAA-TEE WA NU-SU-KEE WA MAH-YAA-YA WA MA-MAA- TEE LIL-LAA-HI RAB-BIL-AA-LA-MEE-NA LAA SHA-REE-KA LA-HOO WA BI-ZAA-LI-KA U-MIR-TU WA A-NAA AV-VA-LUL-MUS-LI-MEEN
Then, while reciting this dua, sacrifice the animal AL-LAA-HUM-MA MIN-KAWA LA-KA BIS-MIL-LAA-HI AL-LAA-HU AK-BAR
After having sacrificed the animal, recite this du’a AL HAA-ZI-HIL AD-HIY-YA-TA MIN-NEE- KA. WA MUS- TA-
take the name of the person, along with his AL-LAA-HUM-MA TA-OAB- E MAA TA-OAB-BAL-TA MIN IB-RAA-HEE-MA KHA-LEE-LI-KA EE-LA ZA-BEE-HI-KA WA MU-HAM-MA-DIN NA-BIY-Y FAA-KA A-LAI-HI-MUS-SA-LAA-TU WAS-SA-LAAM )
If someone else is sacrificing the animal for you, then he should say min in place of MIN-NEE, and he should take the name of the person, along with his father’s name, on whose behalf he is doing the Qurbani.
PROBLEMS PERTAINING TO WOMEN
When the ladies intend to “enter in” Ahram they should perform Ghusl, although they may be in the menstruation period because this Ghusl is for removing dirt and cleaning the body. They should neither wear gaudy thin and transparent. They should also not wear clothes of male pattern.
AHRAM IN MENSTRUATION PERIOD
If a woman gets her menstruation pe- A period at the time of entering Ahram, she has not to worry. If she is unable to perform Ghusl, she should perform ablution (Wudu).
Then she should sit facing Ka’aba and start reciting Lab-baik and zikr but she cannot offer Namaaz.
In the condition of menstruation period, the women can wear Ahram, do zikr, perform all the arkans of Hajj i.e. she can stay at Mina, move to Arafat, perform Vaqoof-e-Arafat, do du’aa, enter Muzdalifa, perform Rami of all the three Jamrah, at its time.
But she cannot enter Haram Sharif or any Masjid. She cannot offer Namaaz and she cannot do Tawaaf.
TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Q1. A lady left her home in Ahram with the intention (Niyyat) of Umrah but on reaching Makka, she got her menstruation period. What should she do under such a condition?
ANS. She should wait until her period is over. After she is clean, she should to perform Tawaaf and Saee.
Q2. If at the beginning of Ayyam-e- Hajj (Days of Hajj) a lady gets her period of menstruation, what should she do in such a condition?
ANS. Except for Tawaaf & Namaaz, she can perform all the rites of Haj and will perform Tawaaf-e-Ziyarat after she is clean.