Visiting the park in Medina.
Medina is spelled many different ways.
Medina, Medinah, Al Madinah.
They are all the same beautiful place.
When I visited Saudi, it was in November so the weather wasn't to bad. But I did have my winter clothing along just in case.
When the prophet Mohamed and his followers left Mecca they settled by jebel Uhud. On 23 March 625, the second battle of Islam took place between the followers of the Prophet and a Meccan force. It was a great setback for the Muslim army, who had been let down by their archers [ramat] who deserted their position on a small hill, now called Jebel Ramat. Seventy five followers were killed and are buried nearby at el baqqia . The Meccan army, however, did not take advantage of their victory and left.
Visitng the prophet`s tomb
The tomb can be visited by men all day around expet from 6:30am/10:00 am and from 1:30PM/3:30PM where it`s almost open for the ladies to visit,I say almost because in Islam it`s forbidden for ladies to visit any tombs or graveyards(you know how women are passionate and cry easily),therefor,
the ladies have a chance to pary in Al rawdha al Khadraa,(the green paradise),where it`s greatly rewarded for muslims to pray at.
Long ago we(ladies)could see the tomb,but now there is a huge curtain that seperates the tomb from us.
It was impossible for me to take any pictures of al rawdha Al khadra.
Medina el Munawarrah
"the second most holy site in Islam"
Medina lies in a bowl surrounded by mountains. Pilgrims go there as part of the umrah, the so-called little hajj, because it was here that the Prophet Mohamed lived his later years and where he is buried. As part of the joint Hajj and Umrah pilgrims either spend several days before or after the hajj itself. It is an opportunity to relax before or after the hardship of the hajj.It is not a large town, and everything is keyed to the umrah. The large beautiful mosque [masjid el Nabi] is the focal point, and pilgrims go there five times a day to pray and then return to their accommodation to rest or sleep. There are also historical places to visit connected to the times of the Prophet.
The mosque is very beautiful, and although the courtyard is of marble , it is not cold to walk on because it is heated from below.
I found it strange that children were skate boarding around the courtyard between the prayers, while people were praying or reading spiritual texts.
Inside the mosque is also very peaceful, although everyone is searched before entering, and wardens go up and down the rows making the congregation keep their lines straight- rather like being back in school; so, many people prefer to pray in the courtyard itself, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and people chat with others from different countries.
It is quite awe-inspiring to see thousands of people all heading for the mosque from different directions especially just before the dawn prayers.
The Rawdah is an early part of the mosque where the Prophet and some of his followers are buried. It is easily recognised by its green dome. Visiting the Rawdah is expected of a pilgrim, but it is usually very crowded, and the time open for women is limited.
javed's new Medina Page
Medina is the resting place of the Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W). All muslims visit Medina to pay their respects to the Holy Prophet.
Examples of the Prophet's sayings:
'God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.'
'None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."
'He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a believer.'
'The truthful and trusty businessman is associated with the prophets, the saints, and the martyrs.'
'Powerful is not he who knocks the other down, indeed powerful is he who controls himself in a fit of anger.'
'God does not judge according to your bodies and appearances but He scans your hearts and looks into your deeds.'
'A man walking along a path felt very thirsty. Reaching a well he descended into it, drank his fill and came up. Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst. The man saw that the dog was feeling the same thirst as he had felt so he went down into the well again and filled his shoe with water and gave the dog a drink. God forgave his sins for this action.' The Prophet, peace be upon him, was asked: 'Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animal s?' He said, 'There is a reward for kindness to every living thing.' (From the hadith collections of Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and Bayhaqi).
The Prophet & his Prophecy....
At the age of 40, while engaged in a meditative retreat, Muhammad, peace be upon him, received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel, this revelation, which continued for twenty-three years, is known as the Quran. As soon as he began to recite the words he heard from Gabriel, and to preach the truth, which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered bitter persecution, which grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate. This event, the Hijra, 'migration', in which they left Makkah for the city of Madinah some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar. After several years, the prophet, peace be upon him, and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies and established Islam definitively. Before the Prophet , peace be upon him, died at the age of 63, the greater part of Arabia was Muslim, and within a century of his death Islam had spread to Spain the West and as far East as China.