19. In Madinah
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was sent as the mercy for the whole universe.
For t-w-e-n-t-y t-h-r-e-e years, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) did his utmost to emancipate the humanity from the darkness of disbelief and polytheism and save them from the fire of hell.
Whenever we are assigned with a responsibility, the first question that we ask is, “What do I get from it?”
In other words, we are selfish. On rare occasions we may put others before us, but we are never completely selfless.
However, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) never asked, “What do I get if I save the humanity?”
It was never his concern how he would benefit.
Rather, his only concern was how he could save a human being from the fire of hell. He had no other concern.
Every Prophet was given a dua with certainty that Allah would accept it. Every Prophet used his dua in this world except for our Prophet (ﷺ). Our Prophet (ﷺ) will use his dua in the hereafter. And he will use it in the hereafter to make intersession for the humanity and for his nation.
Even on the Day of Judgment, when everyone will be thinking about himself or herself, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) will be thinking about others. He will be thinking about ‘us’-his nation.
Since he was commissioned as the Prophet, he stood before Allah every single night to pray the night prayer. He never missed a night prayer. He would stand for long hours before Allah, cry profusely before Him and ask Him to guide and forgive his nation.
Such was his love for his ummah. Such was his worry for his ummah.
Because of his struggle, selflessness, tears and dua, we are blessed with Islam today.
When I finally entered the Mosque of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), I was humbled tremendously.
But also a sense of shame and guilt grew in my heart.
How much did I strive to guard my prayers?
Didn’t I give in when Allah tested me?
How many sunnahs of the Prophet (ﷺ) do I follow?
How many times did I stay away from sins thinking about the sacrifice of my Prophet (ﷺ) for me?
When the following verse was recited to the Prophet (ﷺ), he cried:
So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness? [The Noble Quran 4:41]
Wouldn’t it be a sad incident if my Messenger (ﷺ), who strove so hard to save me from the torment of Allah, has to become a witness against me because of my transgressions against Allah?
With mixed feeling of gratefulness, humbleness, guilt, and shame, I sent my salam to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
Did Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu) used to give adhan from the place where the platform of the muezzin is now located in the Prophet (ﷺ)’s mosque?
I do not know.
Nonetheless, the adhan of the Prophet (ﷺ) mosque still stir the memory of Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu).
He was a slave of Abyssinia.
However, Allah honored him with Islam. Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu) upheld that honor.
He had a firm faith. When he was served with ‘torture upon torture’ for believing in the oneness of Allah, he would still keep proclaiming the oneness of Allah.
Allah honored him again. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) made him his muezzin.
What a great honor it was to be the muezzin of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). What a great honor it was to be the first muezzin of Islam.
For more than a decade, Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu) would proudly and happily give adhan for the Muslims. However, when the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) died, giving adhan became a difficult matter for him.
Whenever he would say, “Ashadu anna Muhammadar Rasool Allah- I bear witness that Muhammad (ﷺ) is the Messenger of Allah,” he would cry and fall unconscious.
So deep was his love for the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). So deeply he was agonized by the death of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
According to history, he migrated to Syria during the caliphate of Umar (radi allahu `anhu).
When Caliph Umar (radi allahu `anhu) visited Syria, he requested Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu) to give adhan.
Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu) acceded to the request of the Commander of the Believers. He gave adhan again.
Hearing his melodious voice after a long time, the heart of the believers shook greatly. They remembered their fond times with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). All the Muslims cried profusely. Caliph Umar (radi allahu `anhu) wept most strongly.
That adhan was the last adhan of Bilaal (radi allahu `anhu).
A short history of the blessed mimbar of the Prophet (ﷺ): Cross posted from Muslim Youth Truth:
When Prophet (ﷺ)’s mosque in Al-Madinah was first built, its roof was supported by palm tree trunks. The trunks were spread out around the mosque. They had leaves coming out from their tops which protected people from the heat of the sun and the wetness of the rain. Light entered the building from the spaces between the trees and the leaves, illuminating the corners of the beautiful mosque.
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to address the people of Madinah in the mosque. When he gave a speech he would place his honorable hand on one of the tree trunks. One day the Prophet said, “Standing is becoming difficult for me.” So the Prophet (ﷺ)’s companions suggested building a mimbar, a place where the Prophet (ﷺ) could sit and address the people. The man who would build this mimbar was called Maymun. He was a carpenter who worked for a Muslim woman named Fakiha bint Ubayd. She was from the Ansar, the people who supported the Prophet (ﷺ) upon his immigration to Madinah.
The Prophet (ﷺ) sent a word to Fakiha to tell her carpenter to build the mimbar. Fakiha hurried to fulfill the orders of the Honorable Prophet (ﷺ). She ordered Maymun to go to the north of Madinah where he would find a kind of trees called Tarfa’. He used that to build the mimbar.
Maymun built the mimbar with three steps. The highest step was very wide, allowing space enough for the Prophet (ﷺ) to be able to stand on it when addressing the people. Also, it was large enough for the Prophet (ﷺ) to pray on the step while he led the people in prayer.
On the day the new mimbar was placed in the mosque, the Prophet (ﷺ) ascended its three steps to address the people. After a couple of minutes the people in the mosque heard what sounded like the crying of a small child. They looked to one another, not knowing what was going on. Then they realized where the sound was coming from: The tree trunk that the Prophet (ﷺ) used to lean on when he was giving a speech was moaning and crying, longing for the Prophet (ﷺ).
The sounds of crying kept increasing. It started to sound like the sound a camel makes when her young is taken away. Then the Prophet (ﷺ), peace be upon him, the one with a merciful heart, descended from his mimbar. He went to the crying trunk and hugged it as a father would hug his child until the trunk became quiet. This was a great miracle for our Prophet (ﷺ) who said, “Don’t you wonder at this piece of wood that yearned and cried?” The people came closer to the trunk and heard its soft whimpering and they too began to cry. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Had I not hugged it, it would have continued to cry until the Day of Judgment.”
It is narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to the trunk, “You have a choice. You can be replanted in the place you were originally, where you will return as you were a solid non-feeling tree trunk, or you can be planted in Paradise where you will be watered from its rivers. Your fruits will improve and the pious servants of Allah will eat from you.” The Prophet (ﷺ) continued to say that the tree trunk chose to be in Paradise. So the Prophet (ﷺ) ordered that it be buried near the mosque. After a period of time, the Muslims wanted to enlarge the mosque and they dug up the trunk. Ubay’ ibn Ka’b (radi allahu `anhu), took the trunk and kept it in his possession until it split into many pieces.
I slept in these comfortable beds at Madinah, while the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used sleep in a bed made up of barks of dates palm. When he would sleep on it, it would create marks on his body. One day Umar (radi allahu `anhu) saw these marks on the blessed body of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and cried, “O The Messenger of Allah! The Romans and the Persian Emperors sleep on comfy beds despite being kuffars and you sleep on such rough beds despite being the Messenger of Allah?” The Messenger of Allah became angry hearing this statement. He reminded Umar (radi allahu `anhu) that we have akhirah while the Roman and Persian Emperors had only duniya.
Below is an excerpt from the book Biographies of the Companions of the Prophet (ﷺ):
Sometime after the Prophet (ﷺ) had returned to Madinah, messengers of the kings of Yemen came to him announcing that they and the people of Yemen had become Muslims. They requested that some teachers should be with them to teach Islam to the people. For this task the Prophet (ﷺ) commissioned a group of competent du’at (missionaries) and made Muadh ibn Jabal (radi allahu `anhu) their amir.
The Prophet (ﷺ) personally bade farewell to this mission of guidance and light and walked for some distance alongside Muadh (radi allahu `anhu) as he rode out of the city. Finally he (ﷺ) said to him (radi allahu `anhu):
“O Muadh, perhaps you shall not meet me again after this year. Perhaps when you return, you shall see only my mosque and my grave.”
Muadh (radi allahu `anhu) wept. Those with him wept too. A feeling of sadness and desolation overtook him as he parted from his beloved Prophet, peace and blessings of God be on him.
The Prophet’s (ﷺ) premonition was correct. The eyes of Muadh (radi allahu `anhu) never beheld the Prophet (ﷺ) after that moment.
The Prophet (ﷺ) died before Muadh (radi allahu `anhu) returned from Yemen. There is no doubt that Muadh (radi allahu `anhu) wept when he returned to Madinah and found there was no longer the blessed company of the Prophet.
By Allah, like Muadh (radi allahu `anhu)’s cessation from the Prophet (ﷺ), “a sense of sadness and desolation” grew in our hearts when we were boarding our bus to leave the blessed city and start our return journey to Qatar. It is difficult to leave the blessed city when you are not sure if your eyes will ever have the chance again to see the green dome.
|Tip 35. If you want to pray and make long dua in the rawda (the green portion opposite to the grave of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)), go to the Prophet (ﷺ)’s Mosque right after midnight and stay until fajr. Inshallah you will comfortably manage a place.|
20. Some Random Pictures
22. What you need to take for hajj
I am a proponent of keeping things simple. Below is a suggestive list that I have prepared about what you should take for your hajj:
How do you manage all these items during hajj? Here is the solution:
Luggage: Keep item 1 to 8 and item 29 in your luggage, which you will always keep in your hotel room. Take the items from your luggage only when you need it. Once you are done, put them back in the luggage.
A polythene/shopping bag: In this bag, keep items 9-17, which are the toiletries. Take this bag with you whenever you go to toilet.
Backpack/pouch: In the bag pack and pouch, keep items 18-27. Whenever you go to haraam, take your backpack and pouch, and you will have with you all materials that you may need during your stay in the haraam.
Finally, do not forget to take the essential item that Allah mentioned in the Quran:
And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah (taqwaa). And fear Me, O you of understanding. [The Noble Quran: 2-197]
In conclusion, I would like to say that my hajj was indeed a tremendous learning experience. In the hajj diary that I have posted here, I have documented only a few of the numerous reflections that crossed my mind during my hajj.
For those who are aspiring to make hajj, I would like to remind you that hajj is a means (to get closer to Allah) and not an end. That is why the real test begins after your hajj ends: how long can you sustain your hajj? Do you change after hajj or do you go back to your old ways?
For those who have not made hajj yet, I pray to Allah that He gives them the ability to make this journey of lifetime soon.
I hope that you have found my hajj diary useful. May Allah accept my hajj and this write-up about my hajj. Ameen!