Ziyarah of the grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa Sallam)
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> A Bedouin coming 3 days after the demise
>> Visiting the grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) – Clarification by ‘Allama Ibn Katheer
>> Visiting the blessed grave is nothing but prosperity
>> Glad tidings of intercession for those who visit the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Hadith of visiting the grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is rigorously authenticated – Clarification by the Hadith-experts
>> Glad tidings of intercession and reward of an accepted Haj on visiting Madina only to pay one’s respects to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Reward for 2 accepted Haj for those who visit the grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Glad tidings of being with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in Qiyamah
>> Why is the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in Madina
>> Not visiting the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) – A sign of deprivation
>> How to present one’s greetings in the court of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Where should one turn when presenting one’s greetings
>> Clarification of ‘Allama Ibn Taimiya
>> Present the Salaam in the following words
>> Requesting those who visit the sacred grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) to present our Salaam
>> Excellence of offering Salaat in Masjid Nabawi
>> Excellence of offering 40 Salaat in Masjid Nabawi
>> Excellence of Riyaz Ul Jannah
>> Advice of Hadhrat Abul Barakaat (May Allah shower His mercy on him) for those who go to Madina
>> Slamming slippers on the ground in Masjid Nabawi
>> Raising one’s voice in Masjid Nabawi is prohibited

 
 
Where should one turn when presenting one’s greetings

Where should one turn when presenting one’s greetings

 

The visitors to the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) with the conviction that is alive, Himself hears the greetings of the visitors and answers to it also.  There is a Hadith in Sunan Ibn Majah:

 

Translation: Indeed Allah has forbidden the earth to devour the bodies of the Prophets.  The Prophets are alive and are given sustenance as well.  (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith No. 1706)

 

About the manners of visiting the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the Hadith-experts and the jurists have said that when one goes there to present one’s greetings to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), then one should face the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the back should be turned towards the Qibla (the direction in which Salaat is offered).  This is what Imam Malik (May Allah shower His mercy on him) had told Caliph Abu Ja’afar Mansur that when he visits the grave of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), he should face the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) Himself.  There is a Hadith in Subul Ul Huda War Rashad:

 

Translation: When the second Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’afar Mansur Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Abbas had a discussion with Imam Malik (May Allah shower His mercy on him), the Imam said:

 

O Commander of the faithful!  Don’t raise your voice in this Masjid, because Allah taught etiquette to a better community (i.e. the Companions) with the words:  Don’t raise your voices over the voice of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  Indeed, the way respect of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was necessary in His earthly life, it should be followed even after His demise.

 

The caliph became respectful and asked Imam Malik:

 

O Abu Ubaidullah!  Should I face the Qibla and supplicate or should I face the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)? 

 

Imam Malik said: How can you turn your face away from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), when in Qiyamah, He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is the means (Wasila) in the court of Allah and the means of your father Hadhrat Adam (May peace be upon him)?  You should always turn to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), as He is the one because of whom your supplication will be accepted for you.  Allah says:  

 

(Subul Ul Huda War Rashad, Vol. 11, Pg. No. 423)
 

 
 
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