The Blessings of Madinah

The Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  supplicated,

اللّٰهُمَّ اجْعَلْ بِالْمَدِينَةِ ضِعْفَيْ مَا جَعَلْتَ بِمَكَّةَ مِنَ البَرَكَةِ

O Allah, grant Madinah double the blessings that you granted Makkah.

(Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 620, Hadees 1885)

In the aforementioned blessed Hadees, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  has supplicated for blessings. Blessing is defined as abundant goodness. (‘Umdah al-Qaari, vol. 7, pp. 594) Because the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  honoured Madinah by residing within it, and he granted it the privilege of kissing his blessed feet, as a result of these privileges, Madinah was granted such greatness and loftiness. This supplication of the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  proved to be so full of blessings that living in Madinah is a sign of well-being and dying in Madinah is a guarantee of the Prophets intercession. In this manner, this city became such a centre of vast excellence and two-fold goodness and blessings that every devotee of the Prophet ardently desires to see it.

In this Hadees of Sahih al-Bukhari, there is mention of the supplication of the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  in relation to the blessings of Madinah. The result of this supplication can be seen clearly in the water, atmosphere and things of Madinah. Some blessings of Madinah are mentioned below:

   ۔1When a Muslim comes to Madinah Munawwarah with an intention of visiting, the angels welcome him with gifts of mercy. (Jazb al-Quloob, pp. 211) Once, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  supplicated in the following manner: O Allah, grant us blessings in our Madinah, grant us blessings in our Mudd and Saa’ (units of measurement). (Tirmidhi, vol. 5, pp. 282, Hadees 3465)

   ۔2Offering one Salah in Masjid Nabawi is equal to fifty thousand Salaah prayers. (Ibn Maajah, vol. 2, pp. 176, Hadees 1413)

   ۔3Madinah Munawwarah is the place of refuge for faith. (Bukhaari, vol. 1, pp. 618)

   ۔4Angels are stationed for the protection of Madinah; the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  stated in this regard, ’By the One in whose power my life is, there is no valley nor road in Madinah except that there are two angels who are safeguarding it.’ (Muslim, pp. 548, Hadees 1374)

Imam Nawawi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states, ’The virtue of Madinah Munawwarah is mentioned in this narration and it would be protected in the era of the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ; many angels would guard it and they have surrounded all of its valleys out of honour for the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم . (Sharh Muslim li al-Nawawi, vol. 5, pp. 148)

   ۔5The soil of Madinah has been declared a cure. In this regard, when the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  was returning from the Battle of Tabook, he met some of the companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم who had remained behind and they stirred up some dust, so an individual covered his nose. The Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  removed the cloth from his nose and said, ’By the One in whose power my life is, there is a cure for every illness in the soil of Madinah.’ (Jaami’ al-Usool, vol. 9, pp. 297, Hadees 6962)

   ۔6The fruits of Madinah are also blessed because the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  supplicated for them. (Tirmidhi, vol. 5, pp. 282, Hadees 3465)

   ۔7Living in Madinah is a means of attaining blessings and dying in it is a means of attaining intercession; the Merciful Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم  said, ‘The who can die in Madinah should do so because I will intercede for those that die in Madinah.’ (Tirmidhi, vol. 5, pp. 483, Hadees 3943) This is the reason why Sayyiduna ’Umar Faarooq رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ would supplicate with the following words, ’O Allah, grant me martyrdom in Your Path and grant me death in the city of Your Messenger.’ (Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 622, Hadees 1890)

May Allah Almighty enrich us with the blessings of Madinah.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْأَمِیْن صلَّی الله علیه واٰله وسلَّم

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