• Praying in the Rawdah

    The Rawdah in Masjid Nabawi, in the city of Madinah, is considered one of the most spiritual places on earth. Although there aren’t any prescribed du’as to recite inside the Rawdah, there are certain readings and supplications you are encouraged to perform to maximise your spiritual experience, once you step into this sanctified area.

    You will only be allowed to stay inside the Rawdah for about 15-30 minutes, so it’s extremely important to use these precious moments wisely.

    Pause and Reflect

    Before delving into prayers and supplications, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the ambience of the Rawdah. Understand the gravity of where you stand—a piece of Paradise on Earth, next to the sacred tomb of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Allow yourself a few moments to feel the peace and tranquillity of this special place. Recall the illustrious saintly men and women of Allah who, over the span of centuries, have walked, prayed, and sought solace in this very place.

    If you haven’t done so already, before entering the Rawdah, read and learn about its significance. Main article: Rawdah.

    Offer Salah

    When inside the Rawdah, it is highly recommended to start by praying two rak’ahs of nafl as gratitude for the opportunity to pray here. If possible, position yourself behind one of the sacred pillars. The Pillar of Aisha (Ustuwaanat Aisha) is particularly revered. Aisha J, the beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, is known to have said that if believers knew the true value of praying behind this pillar, they would rely on drawing lots for the opportunity. Such is its esteemed significance.

    You are free to offer more salah if you feel inclined.

    Send Salawat on the Prophet ﷺ

    Being so close to the final resting place of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, it’s only fitting to send an abundance of salawat upon him. Remember his teachings, sacrifices, and unyielding love for his Ummah as you do so. Following are a few short Salawat you can recite. Aim for at least 100.

    صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَىٰ سَیِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ

    Ṣalla Llāhu ʿalā Sayyidinā Muḥammad

    May Allah send prayers upon Our Master Muhammad.

    اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ سَیِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ

    Allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā Sayyidinā Muḥammad.

    O Allah, send prayers upon Our Master Muhammad.

    اَلصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا رَسُولَ اللّٰهِ

    Aṣ-‏ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ʿalayka yā rasūla Llāh.

    May prayers and peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah.

    اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ سَیِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِهِ وَسَلِّمْ

    Allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā Sayyidinā Muḥammadin wa ʿalā ālihi wa sallim.

    O Allah, send prayers and peace upon Our Master Muhammad and upon his Family.

    اللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ سَیِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الْأُمِّيِّ وَعَلَىٰ آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلِّمْ

    Allāhumma ṣalli ʿalā Sayyidinā Muḥammadini n-nabīyyi l-ummīyyi wa ʿalā ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim.

    O Allah, send prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the Primordial Prophet, and upon his Family and Companions.

    Recite Quran

    Reciting the Quran in the Rawdah is a recommended act of worship. Due to the spiritual significance of the area, many choose to recite specific chapters that hold particular importance in the Quran. Surah Yaseen, for example, is a popular choice. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to spend a massive amount of time in the Rawdah, so consider reciting shorter chapters or select verses that hold personal significance.

    Dedicate the blessings and rewards of your recitation to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and family members or friends who are deceased, as Sadaqah Jariyah for their souls. After completing your recitation, ask Allah to dedicate the blessings of your Quranic recitation to them.

    Note: Ensure to maintain a moderate volume to avoid disturbing others and focus on the meanings to make the most of your time there.

    Make Profound Du’a

    The Rawdah is a place where supplications are accepted. Pour out your heart, making an abundance of du’a. Whether it’s prayers for yourself, your family, or the entire Muslim Ummah, this is a moment to connect deeply with Allah.

    Preparing a Du’a list for the Rawdah

    1. Start early: Don’t wait until you’re about to enter the Rawdah. Begin preparing your list well in advance. This gives you time to reflect on what you truly want to ask for and ensures you’re ready when the moment arrives.
    2. Prioritise: Begin by identifying the most pressing matters in your life. This could be related to health, family, personal growth, or guidance.
    3. Diversify: Make sure to include prayers not just for yourself, but also for family, friends and the entire Muslim Ummah.
    4. Specifics: Instead of general prayers, try to be specific. For instance, instead of asking for general guidance, you might ask for clarity in a particular decision you’re facing.
    5. Scriptural du’as: Incorporate prayers from the Quran and Sunnah. These are powerful and encompassing supplications that have been taught by the Prophet ﷺ.
    6. Write it down: Use a small notebook or a note-taking app on your smartphone. Having a written list helps ensure you don’t forget any important prayers and can refer to them easily.
    7. Memorisation: While it’s okay to read from a list, if you can memorise some of the essential du’as, it will allow for a more focused and personal connection.
    8. Open and close with Salawat: Start your supplication by praising Allah and sending blessings on the Prophet ﷺ. Once you’ve finished your personal supplications, conclude in a similar manner.

    Seek Forgiveness

    If possible, position yourself near the Pillar of Repentance (Ustuwanah al-Tawbah). Let your heart be filled with remorse, and ask for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.

    Maintain Respect and Consideration

    The Rawdah can be crowded, especially during peak seasons. Always be considerate. If you find yourself among a crowd of people, try to make space for others. The spiritual rewards of praying in the Rawdah are immense, but they must never come at the inconvenience of others.

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