IS THIS GRAVE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (Peace Be Upon Him)

IS THIS GRAVE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (Peace Be Upon Him)?

 

 

 

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

Assalaam o Alaikum

 

Nowadays this picture of a grave is wide spread among the people of internet. It is claimed that this grave is of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Let us examine this picture of a grave with Islamic traditions and geographical situation of the original grave of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallah o Alaihe Wasallam).

 

 

 

 

Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz). Hadith 414.

 

Narrated By 'Urwa: 'Aisha said, "The Prophet in his fatal illness said, 'Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their Prophets as places for praying." 'Aisha added, "Had it not been for that the grave of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) would have been made prominent but I am afraid it might be taken (as a) place for praying.

 

Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz). Hadith 472.

Narrated By 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle in his fatal illness said, "Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians, for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets." And if that had not been the case, then the Prophet's grave would have been made prominent before the people. So (the Prophet) was afraid, or the people were afraid that his grave might be taken as a place for worship.

To sum up, the appendix of the hadith which is the text of the sayings of Ayesha clarifies the contents of the tradition since. "Umm-ul-Momineen" says: In order that the grave of the Holy Prophet would not be taken as mosque, they kept his grave hidden from the eyes of the people and constructed a barrier around it”.

Now it should be seen that from what aspects the barrier and wall around the grave can become an obstacle?

Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz). Hadith 474.

Narrated By 'Urwa: When the wall fell on them (i.e. grave’s) during the caliphate of Al-Walid bin 'Abdul Malik, the people started repairing it, and a foot appeared to them. The people got scared and thought that it was the foot of the Prophet. No-one could be found who could tell them about it till I ('Urwa) said to them, "By Allah, this is not the foot of the Prophet but it is the foot of Umar." 'Aisha narrated that she made a will to 'Abdullah bin Zubair, "Do not bury me with them (the Prophet and his two companions) but bury me with my companions (wives of the Prophet (p.b.u.h)) in Al-Baqi as I would not like to be looked upon as better than I really am (by being buried near the Prophet)."

Undoubtedly the barrier due to which people cannot see the grave of Prophet SAW will prevent the people from reciting salat over the grave, from worshipping the grave as one idol or at least from taking it as a Qibla.

 

 

 

Abdullah b. Amr reports that the Prophet of Allah said: "Jesus, son of Mary, will come down to earth, marry, and father children. He will live 45 years and then die, so as to be buried next to me in my grave. Then we - Jesus and I - will resurrect between Abu Bakr and Umar"

 

Ibni Kathir has stated that I`sa’s A.S demise will take place in Madina, where his Janazah (Burial) Salaat will be performed. He will then be buried beside the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Imam Tirmizi has narrated from Abdullah Ibn Salaam, that he said the character of the prophet Muhammed (SAW)and the fact pertaining to I`sa’s A.S burial beside him, was written in the Torah

Allah's Prophet(SAW) said:

Hazrat Masih(SAW) will die after completing the duration he was destined to pass in the world and that Muslims would offer his funeral prayers and bury him next to the grave of the holy Prophet, Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar(RAs).

(Mishkat, P. 480)

 

Allah's Apostle(SAW) said:

After his descent on earth, Hadhrat Isa (A.S.) will marry. He will have children, and he will remain on earth 19 years after marriage. He will pass away and Muslims will perform his Janaza Salaat  (funeral prayers) and bury him next to Rasulullah (SAW). (Tirmidhi)

 

 

 

  Sahih Bukhari Vol 5, Book 57. Companions Of The Prophet.

Hadith 050.

 

Narrated By 'Amr bin Maimun: I saw 'Umar bin Al-Khattab a few days before he was stabbed in Medina…………………………

 

……………'Umar then said (to 'Abdullah), "Go to 'Aisha (the mother of the believers) and say: "Umar is paying his salutation to you. But don't say: 'The chief of the believers,' because today I am not the chief of the believers. And say: "Umar bin Al-Khattab asks the permission to be BURIED with his two companions (i.e. the Prophet, and Abu Bakr)." Abdullah greeted 'Aisha and asked for the permission for entering, and then entered to her and found her sitting and weeping. He said to her, "'Umar bin Al-Khattab is paying his salutations to you, and asks the permission to be BURIED with his two companions." She said, "I had the idea of having this place for myself, but today I prefer Umar to myself." When he returned it was said (to 'Umar), "'Abdullah bin 'Umar has come." 'Umar said, "Make me sit up." Somebody supported him against his body and 'Umar asked ('Abdullah), "What news do you have?" He said, "O chief of the believers! It is as you wish. She has given the permission." 'Umar said, "Praise be to Allah, there was nothing more important to me than this. So when I die, take me, and greet 'Aisha and say: "Umar bin Al-Khattab asks the permission (to be BURIED with the Prophet), and if she gives the permission, bury me there, and if she refuses, then take me to the grave-yard of the Muslims…………….

 

………………….So when 'Umar expired, we carried him out and set out walking. 'Abdullah bin 'Umar greeted ('Aisha) and said, "'Umar bin Al-Khattab asks for the permission." 'Aisha said, "Bring him in." He was brought in and BURIED beside his two companions…………..”

 

The Reason to mention these ahadiths is that there was only enough place in the hujraa of Hazrat Aysha RA that only two people could have been buried there. One was left for Hazrat Esa AS and the other was allowed for Hazrat Umar RA by Hazrat Aysha RA although she chose that place for herself.

 

But if we see the picture it seems that there is enough place inside the hujraa as a whole graveyard can be made in there.

 

So in my opinion as there is no other picture of the grave of the prophet Muhammad SAW, by examinig the grave in the picture with that of  our Holy Prophet SAW under narrations from ahadiths books it seems that this grave is a false propaganda by non-muslims to spread misconceptions among the muslims or by some ignorant muslims to earn wordly benefits.

 

Although we have no original picture of the grave of Prophet Muhammad SAW but we can ask scholars about the condithion there..:

 

“At the Prophet's Mosque, no one faces his grave, because his grave is not raised over the ground. Besides, there is a wall built around it, to separate it from a portion of the mosque. The wall serves as a separating area, which does not allow the grave to be in view of the worshipers. Moreover, we should not imagine the Prophet's grave as a tomb or something built high over the ground, or that cement or bricks or any other building material is used with its construction. The whole thing is made according to the Sunnah which recommends that grave is only slightly higher than the ground. With the passage of the years, the Prophet's grave and those of his two companions, Abu Bakr and Umar have become level with the ground and no one is allowed inside the built-up area around.”

http://www.islamicity.com/dialogue/Q478.HTM

 

Also I visited a website http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/b/b97p/chapter16.html .

This is from a non muslim who some how managed to get in the sacred cities of Madina and Makkah. Though it was not a good experience for me to read his writing but at-least he has mentioned the detailed inner map in words.

 

The Hujrah29 or “Chamber” as it is called, from the circumstance of its having been Ayishah’s room, is an irregular square of from fifty to fifty-five feet in the South-East corner of the building, and separated on all sides from the walls of the Mosque by a passage about twenty-six feet broad on the South side, and twenty on the East. The reason of this isolation has been before explained, and there is a saying of Mohammed’s, “O Allah, cause not my Tomb to become an Object of Idolatrous Adoration! May Allah’s Wrath fall heavy upon the People who make the Tombs of their Prophets Places of Prayer30!

Inside there are, or are supposed to be, three tombs facing the South, surrounded by stone walls without any aperture, or, as others say, by strong planking.31 Whatever this material may be, it is hung outside with a curtain, somewhat like a large four-post bed. The external railing is separated by a dark narrow passage from the inner, which it surrounds; and is of iron filigree painted of a vivid grass green, — with a view to the garden. Here carefully inserted in the verdure, and doubly bright by contrast, is the gilt or burnished brass work forming the long and graceful letters of the Suls character, and disposed into the Moslem creed, the Profession of Unity, and similar religious sentences.

On the South side, for greater honour, the railing is plated over with silver, and silver letters are interlaced with it. This fence, which connects the columns and forbids passage to all men, may be compared to the baldacchino of Roman churches. It has four gates: that to the South is the Bab al-Muwajihah; Eastward is the gate of our Lady Fatimah; westward the Bab al-Taubah (of Repentance), opening into the Rauzah or garden; and to the North, the Bab al-Shami or Syrian gate. They are constantly kept closed, except the fourth, which admits, into the dark narrow passage above alluded to, the officers who have charge of the treasures there deposited; and the eunuchs who sweep the floor, light the lamps, and carry away the presents sometimes thrown in here by devotees.32

In the Southern side of the fence are three windows, holes about half a foot square, and placed from four to five feet above the ground; they are said to be between three and four cubits distant from the Apostle’s head. The most Westerly of these is supposed to front Mohammed’s tomb, wherefore it is called the Shubak al-Nabi, or the Prophet’s window. The next, on the right as you front it, is Abu Bakr’s, and the most Easterly of the three is Omar’s.

Above the Hujrah is the Green Dome, surmounted outside by a large gilt crescent springing from a series of globes.

 

 

So, by looking at all these Narrations and geographical situation, I am sure that the picture of the grave do not belongs to the prophet Muhammad SAW and is a try to spread misconceptions among the muslims.

 

I have found the following sources of the file which I believe are the oldest. Prophet grave i found actually on

 

The jewish website which has Hebrew Language which is sacred jewish language.

http://construct.haifa.ac.il/~hsuleman/historic-person/historic.htm

placed on 26 May , 2002

 

from the followers of Nawab Mohammad Khadim Hasan Shah almaroof gudri shah baba

www.muslim-canada.org/

 

again from Canada.

http://www.islamicsupremecouncil.com/tabarruk/tabarrukat.htm

 

this guy has placed two pictures on the same page claiming both to be the grave of Prophet Muhammad SAW ignoring the fact that these are two seperate graves...

http://images.google.com.pk/imgres?imgurl=aicpmultimedia.org/images/islamic_pictures/graves/thumbs/qabr-001.jpg&imgrefurl=http://pinbak.tripod.com/pictures/islamic/graves.htm&h=150&w=150&sz=8&tbnid=RrgCiV5jCdUJ:&tbnh=90&tbnw=90&start=15&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmuhammad%2Bgrave%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN

 

I have researched and written this topic for the sake of Islam and do not want any worldly benefits out of it.

 

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