Rawda (Garden) And Muhammad's Pulpit
Rawda (Garden) and Muhammad's pulpit
The heart of the mosque houses a very special but small area named -Riadh-Ul-Jannah, which extends from Muhammad's tomb (Rawda) to his pulpit. Pilgrims attempt to visit and pray in Riadh-ul-Jannah, for there is a tradition that supplications and prayers uttered here are never rejected. Entrance into Riadh-ul-Jannah is not always possible (especially during the Hajj season), as the tiny area can accommodate only a few hundred people. Ar-Rawdah has two small gateways manned by Saudi police officers. The current marble pulpit was constructed by the Ottomans. The original pulpit was much smaller than the current one, and constructed of palm tree wood, not marble. -Riadh-ul-Jannah is considered part of Jannah (Heaven or Paradise).
It is prescribed for the one who visits the mosque to pray two Rak’ahs in the Rawdah or whatever he wants of Naafil prayers. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that Muhammad said: “The area between my house and my minbar is one of the gardens ( riyaad, sing. rawdah) of Paradise, and my minbar is on my cistern (hawd)” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1196; Muslim, 1391.
And it was narrated that Yazeed Ibn Abi ‘Ubayd said: “I used to come with Salamah ibn al-Akwa’ and he would pray by the pillar which was by the mus-haf, i.e. in the Rawdah. I said, ‘O Abu Muslim, I see that you are keen to pray by this pillar!’ He said, ‘I saw that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was keen to pray here.’” Narrated by Al-Bukhaari, 502; Muslim, 509.
The Prophet's Masjid is distinguished by the Rawda as-Shareefah, which is the area between the house of Allah's apostle - and the Minbar - the pulpit. The Prophet peace be upon him said,
"Between my house and my minbar - pulpit - a Rawdah -garden- of Jannah. (Paradise)" [Agreed upon]
This area is a side view of the Prophet's house. At the time of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him his wives rooms were at the side of the mosque and there was a door directly from the house to the masjid (mosque). But nowadays after the expansions, the houses are now beside the mosque.