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The original size was approximately 22 meters in length and 15 meters in width. Thereafter a section was included in the chamber of the
Prophet (P.B.U.H.).
The Rawdah is presently covered by a green carpet and has white pillars. This distinguishes it from its surroundings.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) has said, “What is between my house and my Mimbar (pulpit) is a garden from amongst the gardens of paradise.”
It is due to this and our belief that a person who gains entry into heaven will never be taken out of it (to be sentenced to punishment), that
scholars have said that one should include in one’s du`a’ the meaning, that the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) does not lie and Allah’s promise to the
people who gain entry to heaven is also true. Thus may Allah allow us to be included amongst those fortunate souls who gain entry to
heaven without reckoning.
Our beliefs also tell us that those who are in heaven have all their wishes granted by Allah. It is thus like a promise from the Prophet
(P.B.U.H.) that those who are in the Rawdah will certainly have their prayers answered.
One should take note that the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H.) has mentioned in numerous traditions reasons for people’s prayers going
unanswered. It is imperative that one abstains from such deeds and behaviour.
The Chamber of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.)
(The Prophet's (P.B.U.H.) resting place)
One should now understand that one is in the presence of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.), and that Allah has enabled him to listen to what is being
said to him.
There are three gold wire-mesh enclosures, with round holes in all of them. There are three round holes in the middle enclosure, and only
two in the others.
In the middle enclosure the first hole (which is the largest of all) is directly in line with face of Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.). Moving slightly to the
right is he second hole (of the middle enclosure) which is in line with the face of Abu Bakr (R.A.). Likewise, a third hole in this same enclosure
is aligned to the face of `Umar (R.A.).
Note: It is not worth trying to look through the holes as there is nothing that can be seen apart from a barrier.
One should stand a few yards away from the enclosure facing the chamber (this will be with one’s back towards Qiblah). One must not be
inattentive here nor allow one’s thoughts to wander. Do not stand too close to the chamber (you’ll be stopped by the guard and humiliated
for something not necessary).
It is not compulsory to convey Salam with specific words. One may recite any such words that convey respect and honour. Avoid reciting
large passages without understanding and feeling.
In front of Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.) recite:
1. Shahadah
I testify that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah
and I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger.
2. Salam
Peace be upon you, O Messenger;
and Allah’s mercy and blessings.
3. Du`a’: to Allah through the medium of the Prophet i.e. that Allah forgives you because this was the wish of the Prophet
that all his followers are granted forgiveness and proximity to Allah.
Abu Dawud
4. At this point one may convey the Salam of others.
Greet Abu Bakr (R.A.) by reciting:
Peace be upon you, O Abu Bakr.