There is no doubt that visiting the Mosque of the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, is an act of Sunnah as He, Peace Be Upon Him, said:
“One should take a journey to only three mosques: the Holy Mosque, this Mosque of mine, and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
He, peace be upon him, informed us that prayer at his mosque is better than one thousand prayers elsewhere, except the Holy Mosque. This is a proof of the permissibility of taking journey to visit the blessed Prophetic Mosque.
However, some pilgrims commit many mistakes concerning this matter such as:
- Some pilgrims believe that visiting the Prophetic Mosque is related to Hajj or its rituals. This is completely wrong as visiting the Prophetic Mosque does not have specific time of the year nor is it related to Hajj. Therefore, whoever performs Hajj without visiting the Prophetic Mosque, his Hajj is valid.
- Others believe that visiting the Prophetic Mosque is obligatory. This is wrong belief because visiting the Prophetic Mosque is an act of Sunnah. Therefore, there is no blame on any Muslim who does not visit the Prophetic Mosque during his lifetime. In contrast, whoever visits this Mosque while having a righteous intention will get great reward?
- Some pilgrims thank that visiting the Prophetic Mosque means visiting the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, or his grave. This is wrong belief because the journey that are permissible is that which is taken to the Mosque of the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, with the intention of praying therein.
- Among the mistakes committed by those who visit the blessed Prophetic Mosque is the belief that they should pray a certain number of Rak’as such as forty prayers and so on. This is wrong as it was ever reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, determined a number of prayers for anyone visiting his Mosque. In addition, the Hadith which states the forty prayers is fabricated and invalid. Therefore, the Muslim should perform the number of prayers that he desires without any restrictions.
- Among the grave mistakes committed by some of those who visit the grave of the Prophet, peace be upon him, is raising their voices while supplicating near his grave. This is because they believe that supplicating near his grave has a merit and that it is permissible. This is completely wrong because it is impermissible to supplicate Allah near graves even if one is supplicating Allah only because this is a Bid’ah and a means to polytheism. Moreover, our righteous predecessors did not supplicate Allah near the grave of the Prophet, peace be upon him; rather, they used to send their peace upon him and leave. Thus, whoever wants to supplicate to Allah should direct his face towards Qiblah and he should do this at the Mosque not near the grave. This is because the Qiblah of Supplication is the Blessed Ka’bah; so, be aware of this.
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