Jumah at the Prophet’s Mosque

November 3, 2006 at 3:50 pm 5 comments

Assalamu Alaikum,

I just got back from Jumah at the Prophet’s Mosque. The khutbah (sermon) was about the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam and his character.

The khateeb narrated a few of the following stories :

a) Umar Ibn Khattab radi allahu anhu once went to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam who was lying on the mat of datepalm leaves; he sat near his body and saw that there was only one sheet over his body and below it there was no cloth; the marks of this mat could be seen on his body, and in a corner of the room there was some barley and some leaves, the skin of an animal was hanging above. Seeing this he could not control himself and tears came to his eyes. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam inquired of him: “What is the matter, O Son of Khattab! Why are you crying?” Umar (r.a.) replied: “I cannot help weeping. I can see the mat has left its mark on your body, and this is all you possess, beyond this I cannot see anything. On the other hand, Caesar and Cyrus are enjoying in the gardens of fruits, and living luxuriously with all the pleasures provided by wealth. You are Allah’s Prophet and this is the condition of your possessions!” The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam replied: “O Son of Khattab! Don’t you like that there should be Hereafter for us, and the world for them.”

b) The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam used to stand by the trunk of a date-palm tree (while delivery his khutbah.) When the pulpit was set up for him (and he mounted it to deliver the khutbah) we heard that tree trunk crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.” Bukhari.

c) When the companions once asked him to curse the disbelievers he replied “I am not sent as a curser but as a mercy to mankind. O Lord, forgive my people for they know not what they are doing”. This shows the great mercy of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam.

I love looking around at the people when I’m at the Prophet’s mosque. There are so many different nationalities and people from every walk of life. It’s beautiful to see. For that one moment when we pray together, I feel that we are truly united.

I saw the cutest kids at the mosque today. One little African girl (probably about 4-5 years old masha’Allah) was praying and she was doing each part of the prayer so carefully. You know how kids usually just bob up and down quickly when they are imitating prayer? She was standing and bowing and doing sujud really carefully and for a long time between each part of prayer. She had more tranquility than most of the adults. It was so cute to watch masha’Allah. She then proceeded to fall asleep in the khutbah :)

Whilst I was praying, I had a little girl probably aged less than 2 years old who was trying to pray and copy everyone. When the Imam said ‘Dhaleeeen’ she knew that word and said it really loudly along with him. The same with when coming up from ruku she joined in with a loud ‘Hamddddd’. masha’Allah. I love seeing kids trying to copy the adults in prayer.

The funniest part was when two birds decided to fly in during the khutbah into the mosque. The kids found it really amusing. It was cool seeing birds flying around inside in the mosque.

Something strange was when the woman next to me during the middle of the khutbah decided to raise her hands and start making dua (I think) audibly. I’m not sure why she did that or what she was saying but it was kind of weird as the khutbah was going on at the same time and it was quite loud.

I really enjoyed Jumah but not the traffic after trying to get out. It’s like a sea of people when you step outside. I really wanted to take a picture of the lines of cars on the road blocking everyone but they probably wouldn’t take kindly to me photographing it. I’ve never seen such parking in my life :)

Wassalamu Alaikum

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Abu Ya'qoub  |  November 3, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    I’m jealous

  • 2. Loz  |  November 3, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    “She then proceeded to fall asleep in the khutbah :)”
    Ah! Gorgeous mashaAllah.

  • 3. Ahmad  |  November 4, 2006 at 7:35 am

    Even the birds attended, good stuff

  • 4. ummadam  |  November 9, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Ahhh children doing cute things during the salaah, almost always makes me smile. My 18 month old son is the athan police. As soon as he hears the athan he grabs my husband’s hand and pulls him towards the door so they can go to the masjid. Perhaps he can work for the Hayaa one day, insha’Allah. I’m glad he goes with his father, because when he is home with me he goes and gets one of his sisters prayer garments or my hijab and covers his head to pray. I’m like, no little man, you don’t have to wear that!

  • 5. navedz  |  January 21, 2009 at 6:48 am

    I have been blessed by a visit to Masjid Al Nabawi and Masjid Al Haram. Alhumdolillah!!

    Read and watch the Video Documentary on the Major Expansion of Masjid Al Nabawi (The Prophet Muhammad ‘s (PBUH) Mosque).

    http://navedz.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/2nd-holiest-place-masjid-nabawi-in-madinah/

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