On last year, my family and I went to Saudi Arabia to do the Umrah. Before we do the Umrah at Makkah, we have visited Medina. We took Saudi Arabian Airlines. We arrived at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (IATA:MED – ICAO:OEMA) around 03:00 on April 18. This airport is the fourth busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and located in the western city of Medina.
Medina is the second holiest city in Islam after Makkah. It is the place where Prophet Muhammad was burried. He is the founder of the religion of Islam and a messenger of God (Allah SWT). He is the last Prophets after Jesus Christ. Medina also called as “The Radiant City”. The location is about 338 kilometers from Makkah.
After delayed about almost 2 hours waiting for the shuttle to the hotel, finally the shuttle is arrived and brings us to the hotel. Our hotel is located just few meters from The Mosque of the Prophet (al-Masjid al-Nabawi).
The Mosque of the Prophet (al-Masjid al-Nabawi) is the ‘Haram’ place, where the non-Muslims are not allowed to enter this area. The Mosque is very big. It is the second largest mosque in the planet and the capacity can support up to 1 million of people. When I visit the Prophet’s Mosque, the environment inside there is very relaxing and peaceful. The temperature inside the Mosque is not hot and not so cold. The mosque is equipped with fully air-conditioner and also thousands of CCTV. The mosque is well-maintained by Bin Laden Group. The safety and security is very strict. We cannot bring the camera and phone. So, there is no photo inside the mosque that I can share to you guys. Sorry.
On my first day in Medina, I didn’t get chance to visit Raudah (Ar-Rawdah an-Nabawiyah) because that small place is too crowded. Raudah is the heart of the Prophet’s mosque. This place is special and also can consider part of Garden (Heaven / Jannah). That small place can accommodate only a few hundred of people at one time where thousands of people trying to grab the opportunity to enter. If you have no fate, the chance for you to enter that place is almost impossible. Finally, on the third day in Medina, I got chance to enter Raudah. I also didn’t miss the opportunity to donate (sedekah) few books of al-Quran.
I also didn’t miss the opportunity to visit Prophet Muhammad’s tomb which is located under the Green Dome of al-Masjid al-Nabawi. It also located just beside the Raudah (Ar-Rawdah an-Nabawiyah). Prophet Muhammad is buried next to the first two Khalifah (Abu Bakar and Omar). Abu Bakar As-Siddiq is one of the earliest people to covert to Islam and also a senior Sahabat of the Prophet Muhammad. Omar ibn al-Khattab is the most powerful Khalifah r-Rashidun and he also has been called as the Commander of the Faithful.
The first moment I saw al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
al-Masjid al-Nabawi (North)
al-Masjid al-Nabawi (East)
Medina – Battle of Uhud & Al-Qiblatain Mosque