Madinah - Hajj And Umrah Guide



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1. Hadrat abu Hurayrah has narrated that the Holy Prophet said:
“Any of my followers, who lives in Madinah and patiently bears all hardships and suffering, I will make Shafa'ah (intercession) for him on the Day of Judgement” (Muslim).

2. Hadrat Abdullah ibn Umar has narrated that the Holy Prophet said:
“Whoever visited my grave, my Shafa'ah becomes Wajib for him”. (Sahih ibn Khuzaimah, Su'nan Dara Qutni, Shuabul 'Iman lilbaihaqi)

3. The Holy Prophet is reported to have said: “The place between my grave and the pulpit is one of the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is on the fountain of Kauthar”. (Bukhari and Muslim)

4. Hadrat Shaykh Abdul Haq writes in his book “Jadhbul Qulub”: To pay a visit to Rasulullah and to his Holy Mosque is equal to one Hajjul Mubrur (accepted Hajj), and a means of his Hajj being accepted, who comes here after performing Hajj.

5. While going to Madinah, one should form Niyyah to visit both the Mosque and the Rawdah (the Sacred Chamber where Rasulullah rests) of Rasulullah . Some of the men of learning have preferred to make the Niyyah to visit the Rawdah. It is, however, most virtuous to make
the Niyyah of paying a visit to Rasulullah himself.

6. The journey to Madinah is an Ibadah, rather an important worship. It is a journey of love and affection, a journey much longed for and wished for. Therefore, a pilgrim should pay due attention not to miss anything that is Mustahabb.

7. According to a Tradition, Allah the Glorified has brought into existence a class of angels, who deliver to Rasulullah , the presents of the Salat (Darud Sharif) recited on him by the intending pilgrims, with the submission that such and such a person comes to visit you and he
has sent this gift in advance. There is yet another Hadith, that when a pilgrim reaches near Madinah, the angels of mercy come forward with presents to greet him and give him good tidings of various nature and shower on him Divine Light (Jadhbul Qulub).

8. A person should enter the city with due humility, devotion and submission. After he puts his personal belongings in a hotel or his lodgings, he should brush his teeth, have a bath, put on a fine dress preferably white, because Rasulullah liked it, apply perfume and then proceed to that Dignified Court with downcast eyes and due reverence. He should keep it in mind that this is the same glorious place where Jibrail ã+*%( Ç #$&' and many other angels used to come with due
reverence. He should also bear in mind the great dignity and majesty of Rasulullah and his exalted rank, that on the day when all other Prophets will be helpless, it is only Rasulullah , who will be the first to intercede and bless the whole mankind.

9. It is better to enter the mosque through Babul Jibrail but a person may enter through any gate convenient to him. While entering the mosque he should say:

(In the name of Allah and Salat and Salam on Rasulullah ).
and should put the right foot in and then recite:
(O Allah! Forgive me, my sins and open to me the gates of Your Mercy.)

10. It is better to form Niyyah for I'tikaf even for a little while saying: “O Allah! I form Niyyah for the I'tikaf as long as I stay in this mosque”.

11. Then one should come to “Riyadul Jannah” and offer Rak'atain for Tahiyyatul Masjid if the time is not Makruh. There is a Du'a specially for Riyadul Jannah which is given below:

(O Allah! This place is one of the Gardens of Paradise. You have exalted it, honored it, elevated it and have given it magnificence and have illuminated it with the light of Your Prophet and Your beloved Muhammad ).
(O Allah! The way You have favored us with the honor of visiting Rasulullah and his sacred monuments in this world, deprive me not in the Akhirah of the favor of the intercession of Muhammad , gather us together in his party and under his banner, and make us die while we are steadfast on his path (Sunnah) and his love, and give us such a pleasant drink by his hand from his fountain (Kauthar), the place where Muminin will descend, that after
taking this, we would never be thirsty. You are all Powerful).

12. Then, with all reverence and humility, serenity and submission, awe and obeisance, a person should stand at some distance from the pillar that is in front of the Holy Face of Rasulullah with his back towards Qiblah.

Then with downcast eyes and with all calm and composure he should offer Salam, thinking that he is in the noble company of Rasulullah and Rasulullah is aware of it.

13. It does not matter if a person recites a long Salam, or a short one, so long as he does it with deep love and rapt attention. However, it is preferable to recite a short Salam like the one given below:

14. Then, he should earnestly request Rasulullah for Shafa'ah. He should say "O Rasulullah , the burden of my sins has broken my back. I am repentant of all my past sins and make a vow before you never to commit them again and crave to Allah for forgiveness. You too make Istighfar to Allah for me and be my intercessor on the Day of Judgement. If you will not grant my request I will be doomed.

Then a person should say what he has to say to his heart's content. He should leave nothing unsaid; now with just tears silently rolling down the cheeks, now with great fervor at his command, but always humbly and respectfully.

15. Then he should convey Salam on behalf of his friends and relatives who have requested him for this. If it is not possible to mention all the names one by one, then it will be enough o say:

"O Rasulullah , some of your followers and my relatives have sent you Salam through me, kindly accept it from them and beg forgiveness of Allah for them, they long for your intercession."

16. Then move a little to the right and recite Salam on Hadrat Abu Bakr Siddiq , companion of the Holy Prophet in the Cave and his greatest devotee, saying:

17. Then move a little to the right to recite Salam on Hadrat Umar Faruq , and greet him saying:

18. Imam Nawawi, in his "Manasik" has written that after reciting Salam on Hadrat Umar , a person should come back to the first place, i.e., before the auspicious face of Rasulullah . First he should praise Allah, with all his heart, then he should express thanks for the great favor of Allah who has brought him here and then he should recite Salat alan Nabiyye (Durud), then he should humbly make Du'a with the Wasilah (medium of drawing Divine Mercy) of Rasulullah for himself, his kith and kin, whether dead or alive, and should say 'Amin' at the end of his Du'a.

19. While standing before Mawajah Sharif (the auspicious face of Rasulullah ), he should once recite this verse of the Holy Qur'an:

(Verily! Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet , O you who believe! send your blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.)
After this he should recite seventy times:

NOTE: It is reported that a person who recites the above verse once, while standing before the grave of Rasulullah , and offers seventy times Salam as mentioned above, an angel will say in response:

"Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him (the Prophet ) and on you, O such and such person",
and all his wants and needs will be fulfilled.

20. In the end I earnestly request you to recite the following before Mawajah Sharif as and when it is convenient to you:
"O the beloved of Allah (the Rabb of all the worlds), O the Mercy for the Universe, one of your sinful followers Mohammad Moinuddin Ahmad also sends Salam. He earnestly requests you to pray to Allah for Maghfirah (May Allah grant His forgiveness) on his behalf, on behalf of his kith and kin, and on behalf of all his well-wishers and friends, who have faith in you and seek your Shafa'ah.
He has no doubt in it that by your intercession and with your kindness he will be successful in this world and the next. He also requests you kindly to pray to Allah that he may die as a Muslim and May Allah favor him to serve in the cause of Islam."

21. Whenever you happen to pass by the Rawdah of Rasulullah , stand for a while and send Salam on him, even if it is outside the mosque.

22. When in the mosque it is most virtuous and rewarding to gaze at the Sacred Chamber where Rasulullah rests, and the Holy Green Dome while outside the mosque. Keep on looking at them with a loving longing look.

23. It is reported in Tradition that Friday is the most virtuous of all the days. You should profusely shower Salat (Durud) on me (i.e. Rasulullah ) on that day. Your Salat (Durud) is conveyed to me on that day. (Abu Dawud)

24. It has been narrated by Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Masud , that the Holy Prophet said, "The one who will be nearest to me on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who sent Salat (Durud) on me abundantly".

One should spend as much time as possible in Masjidun Nabvi while in Madinah. The specific 'Ibadah of this Holy City is Salat alan Nabiyye (Durud). Rasulullah is reported to have said "Whoever recites Salat near my grave, I listen to it". A short Salat (Durud Sharif) is given below which can easily be learnt by heart and recited abundantly:

25. The reward for performing Rak'atain in Quba Mosque is equal to the recompense of one Umrah.

It has been reported in Bukhari and Muslim that the Holy Prophet used to visit Quba Mosque on Saturdays. Whenever a pilgrim finds time, he should visit Quba Mosque and perform Rak'atain there. It is better that he should go there on a Saturday, following the example of Rasulullah .

26. Uhud is a mountain. The Holy Prophet is reported to have said about it: "We love Uhud and Uhud loves us". The battle of Uhud was fought at its foot, in which Rasulullah was also seriously injured and seventy brave companions were martyred including Hadrat Hamzah , the uncle of Rasulullah . One should go on a visit there at least once.

Mullah Ali Qari has advised to form Niyyah to visit both the Uhud and the martyrs of Uhud. A pilgrim should first recite Salam on the martyrs, then he should pray to Allah for His forgiveness, His favor, and prosperity for them and for himself. He should specially make Du'a here to remain faithful to Rasulullah , and remain firm to Islam. Imam Ghazali has recommended to visit Uhud whenever possible but particularly on Thursdays. It has been reported by Hadrat Ibn Umar , that whoever passed by the martyrs of Uhud and recites Salam on them, they will be sending Salam on him till the doomsday.


27. Imam Ghazali writes that it is Mustahabb to visit the graves in Jannatul Baqi daily after offering Salam to Rasulullah . If it is not possible to do so daily, then one should go on Fridays particularly.

28. While returning home, a pilgrim should perform Rak'atain, then he should pray:

"O Allah! make not this visit to (the Haram of) Rasulullah to be the last one, rather make it easy for me to come and stay here again in his noble presence. Grant me peace and security in this world and the next. May I reach my home safe. O Arhamur Rahimin ! Favor me with reward and
recompense. Amin. Rabbul Alamin. Amin".

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