Praying at Rawdahtul Jannah

There is a very special area located close to the front of the mosque is called Riad ul-Jannah (Gardens of Paradise). It extends from the Prophet’s grave (Rawdah) to his pulpit (minbar). The area marked by white pillars and different coloured carpets.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏”‏ مَا بَيْنَ بَيْتِي وَمِنْبَرِي رَوْضَةٌ مِنْ رِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ، وَمِنْبَرِي عَلَى حَوْضِي ‏”‏‏.‏

“What lies between my house and the my pulpit is a Garden from among the Gardens of Paradise and pulpit is over my pool.” (Al-Bukhari 1888; Muslim 1391)

It is clear from the above hadith the status and importance of Riad ul-Jannah is veri high. Especially, during hajj season, entrance into the area is not always possible, as the space can only accommodate a few hundred people. The area is heavily controlled by the guard.

During your visit to the mosque, try to perform salah inside Riad ul-Jannah. If you are able to enter in the area, please try to be considerate. Think of other people who are waiting to pray here. Unfortunately, you will notice many people when enter Riad ul-Jannah, they have no consideration for anybody else and also have no intention to come out as if they have entered paradise forever.

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