RiadhulJannah – The Area between Prophet’s House and Mimbar
RiadhulJannah is the area between Holy Prophet’s sacred house and Mimbar (Pulpit). It is now the part of Masjid Nabwi. . This sacred place is one of the Holy places of this Holy Ritual. Pilgrims go to RiadhulJannah to say Nawafils. Pilgrims beg in front of Allah for the mercy here. Holy Prophet (PBUH) once said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon my fountain “
o Mimbar (Pulpit)
Mimbar is the place where the Scholar of Masjid use to sit. Scholar of that Masjid deliver the teaching of Islam in form of a Khutba. In RiadhulJannah there is the Mimbar of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Once Holy Prophet (PBUH) was delivering summon to Ansar. He (PBUH) felt tired so HE (PBUH) lean against a trunk. Ansar suggested that they should make a Mimbar for Him (PBUH). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) allow them to contruct a MImbar. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) use to sit on it to deliver the message of Allah when He (PBUH) was in Madinah. Holy Prophet (PBUH) use to sit on 3rd step of Mimbar while delivering summons. After this instance it became a Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Every Scholar of a Masjid now deliver the summons and message of Allah from that Mimbar in their Masjid.
The Prophet (PBUH) prayed for about 16 months facing towards Al-Quds in Jerusalem on his arrival in Madinah. If one was to walk away from the ‘Aisha column’, leaving it towards your back, the fifth column will be in line with the door marked as Bab-e-Jibraeel. This fifth column was the approximate praying spot of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) for the above period. It was near to the extreme north boundary of the original mosque.
After the change in Qibla, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) offered Salah near Aisha’s column for a short period while facing towards the Kabah. Later he started leading Salat at the spot where the Mehrab Nabwi is nowadays. Note that there was no Mehrab at this spot during the period of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and the four Caliphs.
In 91 AH, Umar bin Abdul Aziz made a praying niche in the form of a Mehrab. Since then it is called Mehrab Nabwi. If you were to stand in the Mehrab for offering Salah, your place of Sajda will be where Prophet’s (PBUH) feet used to be. The Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) place of Sajda is intentionally covered by the thick wall of the Mehrab.