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Funeral place

Funeral place outside Masjid-e-Nabwi
The entrance of the funeral place next to Bab-e-Jibraeel - Photo: Qurancomplex.gov.sa

This walled enclosure, on the eastern side of Masjid-e-Nabwi, is the region where the Prophet (ﷺ) used to lead Salat-ul-Janaza and the Sahaba continued this tradition.

  • Abu Saeed Khudri (رضي الله عنه) described how and when this place was used for funeral services: “In the very beginning we used to inform the Prophet (ﷺ) when someone was near death. The Prophet (ﷺ) used to visit the ailing person and made supplication for his forgiveness. Many times the Prophet (ﷺ) stayed there till the completion of the funeral services. In this way the Prophet (ﷺ) had to wait there for a very long time at each such occasion. We, therefore, decided to take the body of the deceased person near the Hujrat (houses of the wives of the Prophet) so that the Prophet (ﷺ) can lead the salah more easily. The Prophet (ﷺ) started offering Salat-ul-Janaza in the area described above.”
  • The Turks built an enclosure around the funeral courtyard which used to be open to worshippers. Recently however, it is used as a storage space for materials needed in Masjid-e-Nabwi.

References:  History of Madinah Munawwarah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani