The Manner of performing the Ziyarat Part 5

Chapter 09 - The Aadaab for the Ziyaarat, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj) / Sunday, November 7th, 2010

41. Having completed the salaams proceed to the pillar of Abu Lubabah. (Ustuwana of Abu Lubabah). Perform two rakahs nafl salaah and make duaa. (See Zubdah) See also chapter 10 where detailed accounts are given of all the pillars of this mosque and their significance.

42. Thereafter return once again to the Rowdha for salaah and duaa.

43. Proceed tot the mimbar and make duaa. The ulama have advised that one should place the hands on that part of the mimbar which is know n as the Rummana and make duaa because Rasululllah Sal’am used to place his hands there. (Rummana are round pomegranate shaped spheres that are made on the sides of mimbars). Hazrat Imaam Ghazali Rah writes in the Ihya that it is mustahab for one to place the hands on the lower Rummana because that it is the spot where Rasulullah Sal’am used to place his hands. However hazrat Mulla Ali Qari Rah says that the Rummana does not exist anymore because when the mosque caught fire for the second time the Rummana was destroyed. In the Shifa of Qadhi Ayadh and its commentary by Hazrat Mulla Ali Qari Rah we read that Ibn Umar R.A. was seen putting his hands on the place where Rasulullah Sal’am used to sit on the mimbar and then wipe his face with his hands. Hazrat Ibn Qaseet Rah and hazrat Atabi Rah say that the companions, for the sake of blessings, used to place their hands on the Rummana of the mimbar which is on the side of Holy Grave of Rasulullah Sal’am that Rummana on which Rasulullah Sal’am used to put his right hand.

44. Thereafter proceed to the Ustuwana Hannana- The pillar of Yearning and make duaa there. (See under pillars of mosque)

45. Then proceed to all the other famous pillars of the mosque and make duaa.

46. While in Madina one should try ones utmost not to miss any salaah with the congregation in the Masjidun Nabawi. One should remember that though the stay in Madina is short, the reward is great and one cannot know whether Allah will grant one another opportunity to visit this Holy place in future. Hence the very best should be made of the opportunity.

47. Endeavor not to touch the walls for that are deemed to be disrespectful. Neither should the walls be kissed for that is only for the Hajar Al Aswad. Nor should tawaaf be made of any object for that is solely for the Ka’bah. The tawaaf of any grave is strictly prohibited. Hazrat Mulla Ali Qari Rah advised: “Never follow the actions of the ignorant once even though they outwardly have the appearance of saints. Do not bend down before the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am and neither kiss the ground there nor face the grave from any direction for the sake of making salaah with the intention that the grave is there.” The same author goes on to say that if for the sake of honoring the grave anyone makes his salaah facing the grave then a fatwa of kufr is decreed against such a person. It is however permissible to say ones prayers in that section of the mosque which lies behind the grave if the intention is not to honor the grave. There we have a wall between the musallee and the grave. (Sharh Lubaab) hazrat Mawaffaq bin Qudama Rah writes in Mughni that it is not mustahab to touch the walls of the grave or to kiss it. Hazrat Imaam Ahmad Rah says that it was not known among the companions to touch or kiss these places. However he does mention hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. having touched the place where Rasulullah Sal’am sat on the mimbar and then wipe his hands over his face. Hazrat Imaam Nawawi Rah says it is haraam to perform tawaaf around the grave and makrooh to place the stomach or waist against the walls of the grave. It is also makrooh to touch the grave with the hands or to kiss it. The correct manner of showing respect is to stand some distance away in a quiet and respectful manner in the same way as one would have stood in his presence during his lifetime.
Regarding the wrong practice of kissing or touching the grave or the walls around it, all the ulama are agreed and advise that one should not be influenced by the misguided actions of the vast majority of ignorant people. Whoever suggests that touching of the walls etc., brings blessings makes a great mistake out of ignorance, because blessing lies only in the proper execution of deeds sanctioned by Shari’ah. Blessings cannot be attained by acting against the Shari’ah.

48. Where there is not a pressing need for it and except where it is unavoidable, one should on no account ever turn ones back towards the grave not even in salaah nor out of it; (sharh Lubaab). In salaah, try at all times to stand in such a position where neither ones front nor back is towards the grave. Out of salaah there cannot be any possible reason why the back should ever be turned towards the grave.

49. When at any time one has to pass in front of the grave, stand quietly for a while and say salaam before proceeding. Some ulama have said that should one even pass the mosque from the outside one should still read the salaam from there.
It is reported by one companion; hazrat Abu Haazim R.A. that a man once came to him saying “Rasulullah Sal’am has appeared to me in my dream saying to me; Go to Abu Haazim and say to him that he has turned away from me, and that he ignores me for when he passes my resting place he does not even stop to greet me.” Thereafter Abu Haazim made a special point of stopping to greet Rasulullah Sal’am whenever he passed outside the front of the mosque. (Sharh Lubaab)

50. According to Hazrat Imaam Abu Hanifa Rah, hazrat Imaam Shafi Rah, and Hazrat Imaam Ahmad Rah, it is praiseworthy to visit the grave on numerous occasions. Hence as long as the Haji is in Madina he should repeatedly go to the graveside to recite salutations. Hazrat Imaam Maalik Rah, however does not approve of it. For this reason some ulama have advised against oft repeated visits; fearing that the keenness of the visitor may decrease.

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