Madinah is the second-most sacred city for Muslims and a major pilgrimage place. Located in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, Madinah Munawwarah literally means the radiant city and often called the city of the Prophet (PBUH). It was the city of Medinah where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated to after he was directed by Allah to move out of Makkah, and there, in Madina, he attracted his first followers. Today, it has a population of more than 11,00,000 and is home to “The Prophet’s Mosque.”
Here are some of the Hidden secrets of Madina which are revealed by the Qura’n and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself:
1- Madinah is immune to Dajjal:
It was stated in hadith by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) “There will be no town which Ad-Dajjal (the anti-Christ) will not enter except Makkah and Madina and there will be no entrance (road) but the angels will be standing in rows guarding it against him, and then Madina will shake with its inhabitants thrice and Allah will expel all the nonbelievers and the hypocrites from it.” [Bukhari]
2- Presence of Mosque Quba:
Quba mosque was the first mosque built, after Masjid Al Haram, in Islam and it carries huge significance. The virtue of praying in Mosque Quba is mentioned in the following Quranic verse in Surah Taubah:
“…certainly a mosque founded on piety from the very first day is more deserving that you should stand in it…” [9:108]
The Prophet (PBUH) also speaks of the importance of Quba mosque when he says: “He who purifies himself at his home and comes to Masjid Quba and offers two rakats therein, will be rewarded the reward of an Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).” [Sunan ibn Majah]
3- Location of Masjid-e-Nabawi:
The location of the mosque was chosen by Allah. When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated to Madina (then called Yathrib), the city chiefs and his followers rode around his camel in their best clothes and in glittering armour hoping that he would stop and stay at their house. The Prophet (PBUH) would answer everyone politely and say, “[This camel] is commanded by Allah; wherever it stops, that will be my home.” The camel moved on with slackened rein and knelt down upon reaching the site of the present mosque. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “This is the home” and inquired about the owner of the land. The land contained a few date trees, graves of polytheists, and was owned by two orphan brothers, Sahl and Suhail. The Prophet (PBUH) purchased the land from them and had the trees cleared and the polytheist’s graves dug up and levelled.
Anas (RA) reports that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever performs forty salah in my masjid, not missing one salah in the masjid, for him is granted exemption from the fire of Hell, and exemption from punishment and he shall remain free of hypocrisy.” [Ahmad]
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “One salah offered in my mosque is superior to one thousand salahs offered in other mosques except for Masjid al-Haram (Makkah al-Mukarramah).” [Bukhari]
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Literally translated as the garden of Jannah, it is the area between the sacred chamber and the pulpit and currently distinguished by a green carpet called Rawdah. It was narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon my fountain (Al-Kauthar).” [Bukhari]
5- Ustuwaanah Aisha (RA):
Also called the Ustuwaanah Qu’rah, it is the place where the Prophet (PBUH) used to pray and then moved to Ustuwaanah Hannanah. Aisha (RA) reports that the Prophet (PBUH) said,
“In this masjid is one such spot that if people knew the true blessed nature thereof, they would flock towards it in such a manner to pray there they would have to cast such lots (i.e. Qu’rah).”
When people asked her to point out the spot, she refused to do so but later at the insistence of Abdullah bin Zubair (RA) she pointed out this spot. This is the reason that the spot is called Ustuwaanah Aisha (RA). Umar (RA) and Abu Bakr (RA) used to pray here regularly.
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This is the place where the revelation of the Quran came in Rajjab 2 AH to change the direction of Qibla from Bait-al-Muqadas in Jerusalem to the Ka’bah in Makkah. It was a day of joy for Muslims but Jews were not happy about it. Muslims had become completely independent and the prophecy in their old books had been fulfilled that last prophet would change the direction of prayers from Jerusalem to the Ancient House of Ibrahim (AS). The Muslims began to have a distinctive character than Jews and many of the hypocrites reverted back to their own religion.
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Located at a distance of about 30-40 km from Madinah, the valley is known to have the odd phenomenon where cars run at 120 km/h even if the engine is switched off. It is believed that the place is inhabited by jinn and local have claimed that they hear voices telling them “Go, you don’t belong here”
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8- Ustuwaanah Hannanah (the weeping pillar):
Also called the Ustuwaanah Mukhallaq, this is one of the most blessed pillars in Masjid-e-Nabawi. It was the Prophet’s (PBUH) place of salah. There used to be a date palm tree on the same spot and before the advent of Mimbar, the Prophet (PBUH) used to lean on the tree while delivering the Khutbah (sermon). When the Mimbar was made the Prophet (PBUH) began using it for the Khutbah. It was stated that when the change took place, the whole mosque echoed with a bitter sound of weeping that was heard from the tree and people in the mosque started weeping. The Prophet (PBUH) then said: “The tree cries because the zikr of Allah was near it, and now that the Mimbar is built it has been deprived of this zikr in its immediate vicinity. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have cried thus till the Day of Qiyamah.” The tree dried up after some time and was buried.
There is great significance in being buried in Jannat-ul-Baqi and one should ask Allah (SWT) for a death in the city of Madinah. The Prophet (PBUH) said,
“On the day of Qiyamah my grave shall be opened first and I shall step forth. Then shall Abu Bakr (RA) step forth and then Umar (RA). Then shall I proceed to Baqi and take all its inmates with me. Then shall we await the inmates of the graveyard of Makkah, who shall meet me halfway between Makkah and Madinah.” [Tirmidhi]
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10- The Mountain of Heaven and Hell:
One of the other secrets hidden in the city of Madinah includes Mount Uhud, the mountain of heaven and Mount Ayr, the mountain of Hell. Located in the southern boundary of Madinah, Mount Ayr is the second largest mountain after Uhud and has been described as the mountain of hell. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,
“Uhud is a mountain which loves us and which we love, it is upon the Gate of Heaven” adding, “And Ayr is a place which hates us and which we hate, it is upon the Gate of Hell.”
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These were some of the most interesting secrets hidden in the city that one must know before visiting Madinah. If you are planning for an Umrah tour, contact your Hajj/Umrah travel agent in the UK to include the above Islamic sites in the itinerary for an enriching experience.