Prophet Muhammad’s Grave: What Most People Don’t Understand About it

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What’s so special about Prophet Muhammad’s Grave (PBUH)  that most people seem not to know?

Read through this post, and you will find out the description of the grave of the prophet (PBUH). Where it’s located and why he (PBUH) was buried in such a place.

It is known through Tawatur, that he (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was buried inn‘A’ishah’s personal house, east of his mosque in the west corner in the direction of the Qiblah from the house.

Then Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) was buried after him in it, then ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him).

Sufyan At-Tammar narrated that he informed him that he saw the Prophet’s grave raised. Al-Bukhari was the only one who mentioned it. Abu Dawood narrated from Al-Qasim: I entered upon ‘A’ishah and said to her: O mother, show me the grave of the Messenger of Allah and his two Companions.

She showed me the three graves not elevated or level with the ground level with a red coating (in that order): The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Then Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) and then ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) Abu Dawood was the only one who mentioned it.

Al-Hakim narrated it and Al-Baihaqi related it from Al-Qasim: Then I saw the Prophet at the forefront and Abu Bakr’s head between the shoulders of the Prophet and ‘Umar’s head near the leg of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

Al-Baihaqi said: This narration proves that their graves were flat because pebbles are only stable on a flat surface. This is strange from Al-Baihaqi, for, verily, there is no mention in the narration of pebbles in totality, upon that assumption it is possible to be raised while pebbles were on it by using clay and similar materials.

Al-Bukhari narrated from Hisham Ibn ‘Urwah from his father, who said: When the wall collapsed upon them in the time of Al-Waleed Ibn Abdul- Malik, they began to rebuild it. Then a foot became apparent to them, so they became startled.

Then they thought that it was the foot of the Prophet and none from amongst them knew what it was until ‘Urwah said to them: No, by Allah, it is not the foot of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, it is only the foot of ‘Umar.

Hisham narrated from his father, from ‘A’ishah that she made a will to ‘Abdullah Ibn Az-Zubair, “do not bury me with them. Bury me with my companions in Al-Baqee‘.

He said: Al-Waleed Ibn Abdul-Malik began to build a mosque in Damascus when he came to power in the Year 86 A.H. And he wrote to his representative in Madinah, the son of his paternal uncle ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-Azeez to expand the mosque of Madinah, so he expanded it even from the side of the market.

Then the house of the Prophet became part of it. Hafiz Ibn ‘Asakir narrated with his chain of narrations from Zadhan Mawla Al-Furafisah and he is the one who built the Prophet’s Mosque in the days of ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-Azeez’s rule of Madinah. Then he mentioned Salim Ibn ‘Abdullah similar to what Al-Bukhari mentioned, and he spoke about the description of the graves just as Abu Dawood narrated.

Note that some of these descriptions are explained in the book – Albidayhat Wahnihay by Ibn Khateer

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