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Then greet `Umar (R.A.) by reciting:
Peace be upon you, O `Umar.
Thereafter make du`a’ for them both.
Then face the Qiblah and make du’a silently for oneself, and all one’s loved ones, as well as the entire ummah of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) in
general. Ask for all those permitted things which Allah alone can grant/fulfil.
It is worth noting that at peak times the guards will only allow people entrance from Bab as-Salam so that the crowd flows in one direction
briefly pausing for Salam and then continuing out from Bab Baqi.
This is identified by an Arabic inscription on the wall that says that this was the place where the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) would offer Salah.
To stop people walking over this place, Abu Bakr built a wall to cover it only leaving that part uncovered where the feet of the Nabi (P.B.U.H.)
were placed at the time of Salah.
It is on the same place as the current Mimbar where the Jumu`ah and `Id Khudubat (sermons) are performed.
The Suffah (platform/area or the area in the shade of a building) is an area where many of the Sahabah were taught by the Prophet
(P.B.U.H.). Many people assume that the raised platform near Bab Jibril is the Suffah. According to researchers, this could not have been
possible, as their research points to the Suffah being in line with the Masjid. The raised platform is not at such a position. These researchers
claim that the raised area was in actual fact placed there by the Turks as a place where guards would gather and keep watch. Allah alone
knows best.
The Pillars
There are eight pillars in the Rawdah which have significance. Each pillar is marked on top individually. They are however not to be kissed,
hugged or revered, but rather near them one may offer Salah and make du`a’ to Allah. Most of these are pointed out by scholars .
Ustuwanah Hannanah (The weeping pillar)
was on this spot that once a palm tree used to grow. Prior to the building of the Mimbar, Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.) used to lean on it while
delivering the khutbah. When the mimbar was made, Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.) used that instead during the khutbah. It so happened when the
change took place, such a piercing sound of weeping came from the tree, that those in the Masjid also started weeping. Rasulullah went to
the tree and by placing his hand on it, its crying stopped. Rasulullah then said: “The tree cries because the Dhikr of Allah I was near it, and
now that the Mimbar is built, it has been deprived of this Dhikr in its immediate vicinity. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have
continued to cry till the Day of Qiyamah.” This pillar is adjacent to what was Rasulullah’s place of Salah.
Ustuwanah `A’ishah / Qur`ah
A’ishah ((P.B.U.H.).A.) reports that Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.) 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, that to pray there they would have to cast lots to get a turn (Arabic for casting lots is
Qur`ah).” People asked her to point out the exact spot. When she did not answer they sent her nephew `Abdullah ibn Zubayr. They watched
him as he performed Salah at the same spot. They also watched his son `Amir also perform Salah at that spot. It was on this that they
marked this spot as being the one `A’ishah ((P.B.U.H.).A.) had mentioned.
Ustuwanah Tawbah / Abu Lubabah
Abu Lubabah t was more furious with the Banu Quray~ah than others, when they went against their pledge with the Muslims, as he had
trusted them the most. When they were defeated and taken captive he told them that they were to be killed by making a sign across his
throat. After having done that, he became so grieved at this premature indiscretion that he could not rest. He thereupon came to the Masjid
and at this spot where a date-tree used to stand, he bound himself to the trunk saying: “As long as my repentance is not accepted by Allah, I
shall not untie myself from here. And Rasulullah himself must undo my bonds.” When Rasulullah heard this he said: “If he had come to me I
could have begged forgiveness on his behalf. Now he had acted on his own initiative, I cannot untie him until his repentance has been
accepted.” For many days he remained tied there. His wife and daughter used to untie him for Salah or for when he had to answer the call of
nature, and thereafter tie him up again. He remained without food and drink for so long as a result of which his sight and hearing were
affected. In this state after many days Rasulullah was in Tahajjud prayer in the house of Umm Salamah, when he received the good news
that Abu Lubabah’s repentance had been accepted.
al-Bayhaqi and others
Ustuwanah Sarir