Saudi Arabia

Riad Al-Jannah (Garden of Paradise) رياض الجنة

History: Riad Al-Jannah رياض الجنة (Garden of Paradise) is the heart of the masjid al nabawi. It extends

from Prophet Muhammad’s Tomb (Rawdah). The term Rawdah (رَوْضَة) means Garden in Arabic. Riad Ul-
Jannah is considered a part of Jannah and is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be on him) said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon
my fountain (Al-Kauthar).” [Bukhari]

My Story:

I visited the city of Medina during my Hajj trip in 2013. Traveling to Medina is not part of Hajj
however most travel agencies add a Medina tour to the “Hajj” itinerary. We traveled to Medina in
a coach bus from Mecca. I sat by the window and stared out the window the entire trip. The
image of the vast open land melted my heart and made me feel part of a larger world. We traveled
for hours but it felt like only minutes passed. From a far we could see mountains touching the
sky and along side the roads were green date palms sprouted in sporadic green gardens. Just the thought brings me warmth.

Medina was built-in the center of a mountain range. wherever you turn in Medina, a mountain is seen from a far that blends into the blue skies. We arrived at our hotel in the late afternoon and it took several hours to check in. When I finally reached my room, the call for Maghreb prayer was being called. The sound rang through my eyes gently. I opened my hotel room window and I could see Masjid Nabawi in front of me. The tears streamed from my eyes and I ran out the room immediately. I followed the call of the athan until I reached the beautiful marble floors of Masjid Al Nabawi.

I stared at the gate and closed my eyes before entering. Each stride in my walk felt unusual. This overwhelming feeling was not familiar to me. I was in a different state of happiness.My education of Masjid Al Nabawi has been limited and I only saw fragments of images online to prepare me. Besides no picture could have prepared me for this trip.

I made every prayer at the Masjid and we also visited Riad Al – Jannah (or Al Rawda) where the prophet’s grave rests.  There was a large crowed when we attempted to enter Al Rawda and were stopped by guards.  We had to wait in line until the guards felt we can enter safely.  I looked up at the ceiling and noticed the architecture was much different in this part of the masjid.  The Quba or dome had a unique blue design with colorful flowers and an antique gold chandelier that hanged the center.  Each glass light of the chandelier had imprinted on it “La Ilaha IllAllah Muhammadur Rasulullah” (لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله) which means there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.  This section of the mosque is unique and historic with bright gold blue and green decor.  The pictures below show the path from entrance to Exit of Al Rawda.

 

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