Chapter 5

e Important Sites in Madinah Munawwarah f

Jannat-ul-Baqee’

The virtues of Jannatul Baqee’, the burial of those who have passed away in it, the love of the Noble Prophet T, the burial of the Companions in Madinah Munawwarah, and the good news of the intercession and witnessing of the Noble Prophet T – all of these hold many Prophetic traditions. Hazrat Musab bin Zubayr Z relates that:

“I was coming from Madina Munawwarah through the path of Baqee’. Ibn Raas Jalut who was from the People of the Book was with me. When his eyes fell on the Baqee’ he said ‘this is.’ Upon Hazrat ibn Zubayr’s Z enquiry he       replied that he had read in the Torah that there is a cemetery in between two stony hills which is called Nakheel. From here 70,000 people will rise whose faces will shine like the full moon.”

It is narrated in a Hadeeth:

“Whoever passes away in Madinah       Munawwarah and is buried in the Baqee’ will have the distinct honor of the intercession of the Holy Prophet T.”

On the Day of Judgment the first to rise will be the Holy Prophet T, then Hazrat Abubakr Siddeeq Z, then Hazrat Umar Farooq Z, then the people of Baqee’, then the people of Mecca from the earth. There is another Noble Hadeeth which relates:

“There are two cemeteries whose light in the sky is akin to that of the moon and the sun on the earth. One is the cemetery of Baqee’ and the other is the cemetery of Asqalaan.”

Ka’ab Ahbar relates that it is said in the Torah that:

Angels guard the cemetery of Baqee’ and when it fills up, they take it to the heavens and empty it there.

Amongst the Muhajireen [i.e the Companions who travelled from Makkah Mukarramah to Madinah Munawwarah], the first to pass away was Hazrat Uthman bin Maz’oon Z. He was the first person to be laid to rest in the Baqee’. At that time it was full of trees called Arqad. This is why this        location is called Baqee’ Arqad. After him, the blessed son of the Holy Prophet T our Master Ibrahim, at the age of 6 months passed away and was laid to rest there. Around his blessed grave is a boundary of stones and he Z is resting almost in the   center of Baqee’.  You can make pious        visitation of his blessed grave as you enter the Baqee’  by going to its center and then looking to your left.

The Holy Prophet T said that:

“For Ibrahim Z in Heaven there will be a nursemaid who will complete his days of   nursing.”

The Holy Prophet T buried him with his blessed hands, covered it with mud and sprinkled water on it. It is related by Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) in the   Sahih Muslim:

“One night the Holy Prophet T was in my home. During the last portion of the night, he T proceeded towards the Baqee’ and offered     salutation to those resting there and made the prayer of forgiveness for them.”

Imam Bayhaqi (may Allah have mercy on him) relates that the Holy Prophet T went to the Jannat-ul-Baqee’ on the night of the middle of Sha’baan and said:

“Peace upon you dwellers of the cemetery. May Allah forgive us and you. You left before us and we will meet you.”

Jannat-ul-Baqee’ has a great historical status. Blessed     members of the Holy Prophet’s T blessed Family are    resting here as well as other historical figures. Only men are allowed to enter the Jannat-ul-Baqee’. Women can make their pious visitation and deliverance of reward (Isaale-e-Sawab) from outside.

The respected names of some of the blessed mothers of the believers, and male and female Companions (may Allah be

well pleased with them all) are listed below:

 

Mothers of the Believers:

· Hazrat Juwairiya (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Sawdah (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Maimoona (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Hafsah (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Umme Habeebah (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Umme Salma (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Safiya (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Zaynab (may Allah be pleased with her)

 

Male and Female Companions:

 

· Hazrat Fatima Zahra (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Fatima bint Asad (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Imam Hasan Z

· Hazrat Imam Zaynul Abideen Z

· Hazrat Imam Muhammad Baqar Z

· Hazrat Imam Jafar Sadiq Z

· Hazrat Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib Z (the uncle of the Holy Prophet T)

· Hazrat Ummul Baneen (may Allah be pleased with her) (the mother of Hazrat Abbas Z)

· Hazrat Atikah (may Allah be pleased with her) (paternal aunt of the Holy Prophet T)

· Hazrat Safiya (may Allah be pleased with her) (paternal aunt of the Holy Prophet T)

· Hazrat Zaynab (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Kulthum (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Ruqayya (may Allah be pleased with her)

· Hazrat Abdullah bin Jafar Tayyar (may Allah be pleased with her) (the son-in-law of Hazrat Ali Z and the husband of Hazrat Zaynab (may Allah be pleased with her))

· Hazrat Aqeel bin Abi Talib Z (older brother of Hazrat Ali Z)

· The martyrs of Uhud (those Muslims who were injured in the Battle of Uhud and later passed away as a result of it, were buried here)

· Hazrat Ismail bin Imam Jafar Sadiq Z (this grave was first outside the Baqee’ and was later transferred in)

· Hazrat Haleema Saadia (may Allah be pleased with her) (the wet-nurse of the Holy Prophet T, i.e. who fed him T her milk)

· Hazrat Abdullah Z (the blessed father of the Holy Prophet T)

· Hazrat Uthman bin Affan Z

· Hazrat Abdullah bin Jahash Z

May Allah Almighty be pleased with them all!