Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. relates that Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘whosoever visits me and has no other motive, has a right over me that I intercede on his behalf’. (Tabraani)
Who is there amongst us who does not require Rasulullah Sal’am’s Shafaa’at (intercession) on the fearful day of Qiyaamat. And how fortunate is that person for whom Rasulullah Sal’am has said that his Shafaa’at is obligatory on me.
Hazrat Allama Zarqani Rah writes in ‘Sharhe Mawaahib’ that this could mean a special intercession which would to be to raise him in rank, give him security on that frightful day or grant him entrance into Jannat without accounting for his deeds or grant him entrance into Jannat without accounting for his deeds (hisaab). It could also mean that besides a general intercession he will have a special intercession.
Hazrat Ibn Hajar Makki Rah writes in the commentary of ‘Manaasik of Nawawi’ on the above hadith that ‘he has no other motive or intention’ will mean that he has no other intention that is not related to the Ziyaarat. Thus to perform I’tikaaf in the Masjid-an-Nabawi, or perform increase Ibaadat there, or to make Ziyaarat of the Hazrat Sahaaba R.A. will not be contradictory. In explaining this our ulama have said that when the niyyat for Ziyaarat is made then the niyyat to visit the Masjid-un-Nabawi should also be made. The author of ‘Durre Mukhtaar’ is the same opinion from amongst the Hanafi ulama. However Hazrat Ibn Humaan Rah has written in view of this Hadith if it is the first journey to Madina then the niyyat for visiting the grave only should be made. If a second opportunity arises then the niyyat for both the grave and the masjid should be made. Hazrat Mullah Jaami Rah once undertook a journey for Ziyaarat only. He did not include Haj in the same journey. Love for our Rasulullah Sal’am surely warrants this.