Cemetery of Baqee al Gharkad
More than 10,000 companions of the Prophet are buried here. So this cemetery represents a piece of heaven to Medina's people and many Muslims. It's located just right beside the Prophet's Mosque.
It is said that the youngest daughter of the Prophet 'Fatima az Zahra' is buried here too, but there're other sayings as well.
Muslims after they visit the Prophet's mosque and tomb, they visit this cemetery to greet the companions and the other dead. It is costumary for Muslims to send greetings of peace to the dead.
Women are not allowed in and sometime men are not allowed in either. It gets very crowded.
Many Muslims wish to be buried in this cemetery. Since it gets too full, if the person doesn't live in Medina but coming from a different city, they need a permission to bury the dead in here. Other time, it's just allowed depending how busy it gets.
This cemetery is only for Sunni Muslims; Wahhabis, Sufis or whatever. There is another cemetery for Shaiit Muslims.
The tomb's top level should not exceed 30 cm, no stones or domes should be built on the grave(Wahhabi belief).
Masjid Quba or Mosque of Quba is one of the famous mosques besides the Mosque of the Prophet.
It's the first mosque built in the Islamic history. Prophet Mohammed started building the basis then his companions followed up the rest. It was built as soon as the Prophet arrived to Medina due to his immigration from Mecca. So it was built 1400 years ago and had been rebuilt many times across ages.
Or al Khandag is a long a bit deep hole that was dug by the Prophet and his companions to defend Medina. It's located at the north western side of the city. This idea was suggested by the companion Solomon the Persian since this side of the city was undefended while the other sides were surrounded by mountains and farms of palms.
The Trench was re-opened and re-covered through the Islamic ages. Now it's completely covered and a street has taken its name; street of al Khandag.
It's nearby the Seven Mosques.
Madinatul Munawwarah Is The Second Holiest Place On Earth For Muslims Which Has So Many Historical Sites From The Dawn Of the Islamic Faith…Here Lies The Grave Of Our Beloved Prophet s.a.w. The First Time I Set Foot On This Holy City That Was Fill With So Much Tranquility, I Felt So Fortunate And Extremely Happy…I Can Still Remember The Feeling Even though I Was Only Eleven Back Then.
"Nabawi Mosque At Night"
Nabawi Mosque Close after Isya' And Re-open Again Around 3.00 a.m Just Before Dawn For The Prayer. Usually You'll Spend Most Of Your Time Here Doing Prayers And Reading THe Quran.
"Outside View Of Nabawi Mosque."
There Are many Hotels, Shops And Street Vendors On The Outskirts Of Nabawi Mosque. Usually Pilgrims Will Stop Over To Get Some Necessities Or Buy Some Souvenirs For Friends And families.
A L - M A D I N A H
City of Date Palms:
Modern Madinah is eminently accessible, as it is excellently served by wide, well-surfaced highways. It is situated 308 miles/49km from Makkah, 264 miles/425km from Jeddah, 170 miles/275km from Yanbu, and 590 miles/950km from Riyadh, the Kingdom's capital.
Saudia, the Kingdom's national airline, operates non-stop flights between Madinah and many other Saudi cities. There are also international non-stop flights between Madinah and Cairo, Damascus, and Istanbul. During the season of hajj and the vacation periods of the academic year, many additional flights are provided.
Madinah's altitude of 1,958 feet/597m above sea level gives it a somewhat extreme climate - very hot in summer, moderate in autumn and cold in winter.
Its generally fertile soil is given a boost in more rocky and arid areas, by the addition of clay-bearing soil, which is brought in from nearby to assist in landscaping. This is later mixed with crushed sand, peat moss, dried manure, and compost to balance the mineral content of the soil, thus increasing its fertile qualities. This prepared soil mixture is used particularly in the planting of the date palm.
Date palms line Madinah's streets and highways in profusion, and the city authorities are constantly planting even more, together with many multi-coloured shrubs. It is almost impossible to find a park or garden in the city without at least one palm tree.