Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Masjid Abuzar Ghifari

Masjid Abuzar Ghifari is situated 900m north of Masjid-e-Nabwi and is also known as Masjid Sajdah after a hugely auspicious incident that occurred here with the Prophet (s.a.w.).

- It has been reported by Abdur Rahman bin Auf (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.) came to a garden of the Baitul-Maal (treasury) and offered salat, then went in to a (lengthy) prostration. I said to the Prophet (s.a.w.):

“Oh Prophet of Allah, you prostrated (for so long) that I feared that Allah may have taken your soul”.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said:

“Jibraeel came with a message from Allah; “He who sends salutations and peace upon you, I shall send mercy and blessings upon him.” I prostrated in gratitude of this bounty of Allah.”

Masjid Ghamamah

This masjid, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Ghamama. It is built on the site where the Prophet (s.a.w.) performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life.

- This masjid is also known as Masjid Eid. According to some reports the Prophet (s.a.w.) performed the Eid salah here during the last four years of his life.

- This is also the location where the Prophet (s.a.w.) performed Salatul Istiskah (a special salah for invocation of rain). The word Ghamama means clouds which suddenly appeared and brought rain after the Prophet (s.a.w.) has performed the prayer.

- According to some reports this was also the spot (or close to this area) where the Prophet (s.a.w.) performed the Janaza (funeral) prayer of Najashi, the Emperor of Aksum in Abbyssinia (Ethiopia). Najashi, although being a Christian, had welcomed the groups of Muslims who had migrated to his country in order to escape the persecution of the Quraysh and later on accepted Islam. When however he passed away, there was nobody to lead the funeral prayers and so the Prophet (s.a.w.) prayed his Janazah salah, the only time ever he did so in the absence of the actual body.
•Although there is a Masjid here, there is no five times salat therein due to its proximity with Masjid-e-Nabwi.

Masjid Sabaq

The main picture above shows the approximate area where in the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.) horses were trained for the purpose of fighting in the cause of Allah. A masjid called Masjid Sabaq (inset) was once erected here but has now been removed.

- The place of Masid Sabaq is about 520m north-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi.

- According to some reports this area is where the Sahabah would play games of throwing watermelon rinds to each other and where the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Aisha (r.a.) would sometimes race with each other.

- This area was the starting point of horse races which had two finishing points, the first being at the locality of Banu Zuraiq (near Masjid Ghamama) and the further one at Hafyaa, about 10 km from Masjid-e-Nabwi.

Masjis Suqya / Suqya Well

Masjid Suqya is located inside the Anbariya train station. When the Prophet (s.a.w.) departed for the battle of Badr he stopped here, performed ablution and offered Salah. He then supplicated for the dwellers of Madinah and paraded his forces.

- During the Caliphate of Umar (r.a.), the uncle of the Prophet (s.a.w.), Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib (r.a.) was asked to lead the Istisqaa prayer (prayer for rain) here.

- Towards the south of Masjid Suqya, just outside the boundary wall of the railway station was a well which belonged to Saad ibn Abi Waqqas (r.a.). On his way to the battle of Badr the Prophet (s.a.w.) performed ablution with its water and water was drawn from here for him to drink.

- The Prophet (s.a.w.) also made du’a here for Barakah for Madinah. There are numerous variations of this du’a, possibly the one that was made at the time could have been the following:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Zaid: The Prophet (s.a.w.) said,

"The Prophet Ebrahim made Makkah a sanctuary, and asked for Allah’s blessing in it. I made Madinah a sanctuary as Ebrahim made Makkah a sanctuary and I asked for Allah’s Blessing in its measures the mudd’ and the sa’ (units of measurement) as Ebrahim did for Makkah",

"O Allah! Bless them in their measure, and bless them in their sa’ and mudd’."

He meant the people of Madinah.

Al-Ghars Well

Located approximately one kilometer north of Masjid Quba, the Al-Ghars well was a place from which the Prophet (s.a.w.) drank and made a request that he be bathed with its water after his demise.

Ibn Majar quoted Ali ibn Abu Talib (r.a.) as saying, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:

“When I die, wash me with seven waterskins from Al-Ghars Well. He (s.a.w.) also used to drink from this well.”

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