Why You Need to Love The City of Madinah
Beyond any shadow of doubt, the city of Madinah is one of the most sacred places on earth.
And it is beloved not just to the residents but to millions of Muslims across the globe.
For those who have been privileged to perform Hajj/ Umrah, the special feelings visiting Madinah ignites in their hearts is often hard to express in words. Their wish and du’a is typically to return again for a visit.
For the love of Madinah
Madinah al-Munawwarah (the radiant city) has a great significance in the history of Islam. And especially in the development of the early Muslim community.
Many surahs of the Qur’an were revealed there. It is such a blessed place characterised by calm, peace and tranquillity.
The city houses the masjid of Allah’s Khalil and final Messenger, Muhammad (SAW) – Masjid An-Nabawi; ‘Jannatul Baqi’, the graveyard where many of the Prophet’s companions were buried; Mount Uhud; Masjid Al-Qiblatain among other significant sites.
The reward for praying in Masjid Nabawi can only be compared to that of praying at Masjid al Haram in Makkah.
The Prophet (SAW) said:
“Madinah is a sanctuary from that place to that. Its trees should not be cut and no heresy should be innovated nor any sin should be committed in it, and whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits sins (bad deeds), then he will incur the curse of Allah, all the Angels, and all the people at large.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Such is the high position the city of Madinah holds in Islam.
When the people of Makkah rejected him (SAW), those in Madinah welcomed him. He was offered safety and co-operation to spread the message of peace.
For the love of the Messenger (SAW) and his companions
He (SAW) brought the clear message of truth and submitting to the Oneness of Allah.
The pure understanding of tawheed led to peace and peaceful coexistence among tribes. Such were the lessons we have from the lives of the companions who formed the first community of Muslims in Madinah. It was a community strengthened by support from brotherhood.
The teachings of Islam came to ease the age-long enmity between the tribes of Aws and Khazraj. They became known as the “Ansars’ (helpers or supporters) while the immigrants were called “Muhajirun.’
”And [also for] those who were settled in al-Madinah and [adopted] the faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.” (Al-Hashr 59: 9)
For the love of his message
The Prophet (SAW) joined a Muhajir with an Ansar in a tie of “Brotherhood’ that became even stronger and more unbending than blood bonds.
The Ansar were willing to give half of their wealth to their ‘brothers’. This love, unity, selflessness and adherence to the same message is captured in the Qur’an verse:
”Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided – they are allies of one another.” (Surah Al-Anfal 8: 72)
Lessons for the Ummah
1. Come together in peace and unity as one body (Ummah) for the love of Allah (SWT), His Rasul (SAW) and the message of truth.
2. Strive to be an ambassador of peace in your school, workplace or neighbourhood.
3. Pray for peace in your heart, home, community and the world.
Islam ~ The religion of peace
Together we can foster peace.
The messenger (SAW) exemplified peace, let’s follow in his footsteps.
His message is that of peace from submitting to Allah (SWT).
Let’s spread this message loud and clear.
In remembering the city of Madinah, let your heart and resulting actions hinge on peace.
Do you need any more reasons to love this blessed city?
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