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What is the Significance of the Rawdah in the Prophet’s Mosque?

Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

What is the significance of the “Rawḍah” (Garden of Paradise) in the Prophet’s mosque?

Answer:

In the Name of Allāh, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.

The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings upon him) said, “The area between my house and my pulpit is one of the gardens of Paradise.” (Bukhārī)

Imam Ibn Ḥajr Al-Asqalānī (may Allāh’s mercy be with him) elaborates on the meaning of “Rawḍah – Garden of Paradise” as either one of the following;

  1. The area is similar to paradise in being peaceful and blessed.
  2. Worship at this location will lead one into paradise.
  3. This piece of land will be transferred to paradise.

(See: Fatḥ Al-Bārī)

One should locate the ‘Rawḍah’ at the Prophet’s mosque and perform prayers, supplications, articulate words of glorification (tasbīḥ) and praises of the Almighty, make istighfār (seeking forgiveness), tawbah (repentance) and express gratitude. (See: Al-Masālik Fī Al-Manāsik)

Salmah Bin Akwah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was particular in praying at the Rawḍah. (See: Bukhārī)

And Allāh Knows Best.

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