Mehrab-e-Tahajjud in Masjid-e-Nabwi
The Mehrab-e-Tahajjud area behind the Rawdah Mubarak - Photo:

This raised platform, behind the Rawdah Mubarak and in line with Bab-e-Jibraeel, is the approximate place where the Prophet (ﷺ) used to spread his prayer mat and perform the Tahajjud salah from time to time.

  • Isa bin Abdullah (رضي الله عنه) said, “When visitors used to depart at night, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to spread a mat behind Ali’s (رضي الله عنه) hut and used to offer voluntary salah there. One day one person saw him offering voluntary salah at this spot during the month of Ramadhan. This person also started offering voluntary salah at this spot. Another person happened to pass this way and he started his salah also. A third person followed these two persons. By and by a large number of people gathered there. When the Prophet (ﷺ) saw many people he wrapped up his praying mat and went away. When these people met Prophet (ﷺ) in the morning, they said, ‘We were only trying to follow you in offering voluntary salah at night.’ The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘I was concerned about you very much. My concern was that Allah (ﷻ) may make the offering of night salat during Ramadhan obligatory for you and you may fail to keep up with it’.”
Painting in Masjid-e-Nabwi
Close-up of the painting above the Mehrab-e-Tahajjud – Photo: alsayedadnan2 (Instagram)

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

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