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Walking in Medina Munawwarah

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To walk in Medina Munawwarah, is to be in the presence of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). We love Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), honour Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and send blessings upon Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). We aim to follow the blessed way of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and long for the company of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), hoping for their intercession.

When visiting the blessed resting place Roza Mubarak, of our blessed Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and living in Medina Munawwarah for any amount of time, we begin to know Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam and have their company. We feel that we are in the elevated presence of Sayyidina Imam’ul Ambiya (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). The places visited carry a legacy, which can still be felt in the air of this blessed city. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) still touch these places with their presence. 

To walk barefoot in Medina 

When I would visit Masjid-e-Nabi, I would remove my shoes as soon as I entered the courtyard. This was in order to observe complete adab for the most blessed sanctuary. I read about how the blessed companions (Ra) would never wear shoes while walking In Medina Munawwarah as they would not allow their shoes to be placed upon any place where Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) placed their blessed feet.

Masjid-e-Nabi covers the whole area of the old city of Medina Munawwarah, where Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and the blessed companions (Ra) lived. So when walking in the courtyard of this grand Masjid where shoes are allowed as it is not within the actual Masjid, we must remember that this is still the sacred land of the original Medina.

After reading Jummah salaah, I went to visit the Roza Mubarak, the blessed resting place of our Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) to say Salaam. However due to the tremendous rush, the guards wont allow you to go back from the door you entered so everyone has to exit the blessed Masjid, from the nearest exit, which is Baab-e-Jibrail. As my mother was outside the entrance with my shoes, I now had to find my way to that side of Masjid-e-Nabi. This was mid-day and the heat was scorching and I was ofcourse barefoot. When you are lost that is when you realise how big this Grand Mosque is. Masjid-e-Nabi is an entire city and I started walking round thinking that I will end up on the side where my mother is waiting. As I walked, my feet began to burn as the ground was so hot but I continued walking sending salaam upon Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). My feet were getting so badly burnt that it was becoming too difficult and a point came where I wasn’t even able to place my feet on the ground anymore. I stopped and sat down on a wall. I could no longer go on and in my heart asked Allah (swt) for assistance, in my mind I pleaded to my blessed Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) saying
Ya Rasulullah, I walked barefoot in your love and honour but I cannot walk any longer’! At that point, suddenly a boy appeared from no-where, I didn’t notice him before but suddenly he appeared, placed sandals next to me and just left. I didn’t even see where he went. I wore the sandals and eventually found my way back.
As we left the sanctuary of Masjid-e-Nabi, I left those precious sandals at the gate. This is when I knew that Allah (swt) grants all wishes in this blessed sanctuary and we are truly the guests of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) in their blessed home. 

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Leaving Medina 

When staring at the beautiful green dome of the Roza Mubarak at sunrise, on that last day in Medina Munawwarah, I watched the sun rising behind the green dome, what a sight! Will I ever see this sight again? 

It was farewell to Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) I was going far again. I was feeling that sense of separation and loss, walking barefoot in the courtyard of Masjid-e-Nabi reciting ‘Salaam’.  

I took one good look at that beautiful Masjid and the streets of Medina.

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