A Reverential Overview of Riaz Ul Jannah in Madinah
Umrah is the second significant Islamic ritual after the Hajj. Millions of Muslims from every nook and corner of the world converge at the Holiest city of Saudi Arabia to seek and feel the blessings of Allah ( SWT). This immensely Spiritual journey is not only the physical travel towards Saudi Arabia but a blissful way to commemorate the teachings of the Holy Prophet ( SAW). Because Perform Umrah is the charismatic Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ( SAW).
I had landed my feet to my most wanted place two times and the grandeur of this mesmerizing place is something utterly indescribable to put them into words. I especially have no words to explain the captivating charisma and a sheer sense of proximity to none other than my Holiest Prophet ( SAW) after my revered visit to Rowdah ( the separated part of Grave of Holy Prophet ( SAW) and few of his close companions. The spiritual experience of offering prayers and Duas at Riaz Ul Jannah in the heart of the more than beatific Masjid e Nabwi ( SAW) known as the Mosque of the Holy Prophet ( SAW).
Visiting Roza e Rasool ( SAW) and Riaz ul Jannah
In Medinah, the Roza e Rasool is located inside the Masjid e Nabwi ( SAW). If you want to visit the Holiest Roza e Rasool, then enter from the gate of Bab Us Salam. This is the only to reach this blissful place. It is the matter of immense serendipity to soothe your eyes through this unprecedented view of this more than holy place after the visitation of the Holy Kaaba. Recite Darood o Salaam on the Prophet ( SAW)’s compassionate personality as much as you can to eradicate your sins.
When you enter from the Bab ul Salaam, the path is split into two sides. The right one goes directly to Roza e Rasool and the left one goes through multiple sections blocked by the partitions leading to Riaz ul Jannah.
Sections for Riaz ul Jannah
The way towards Riaz ul Jannah is split into 3 sections. Each section can hold approx. 40 people. Section 1 is the most crowded. Section 2 can have 55 people but they allow 40 to enter and section 3 has space for 75 people while Riaz ul Jannah can accommodate up to 85 pilgrims.
Best Time to Enter Riaz Ul Jannah
Every Muslim cordially wishes to experience once in a lifetime the sense of mystical spirituality elicited from the Prophet ( SAW)’s cherished spot. Therefore, this place becomes overcrowded with a huge number of pilgrims. So the best time to visit this place is after Isha at around 9:30 pm at Saudi standard time. It is less crowded at that time.
Prayers at Riaz Ul Jannah
As per my experience, one can offer 8 Nawafils and one witter and some additional prayers if he manages to stay there for a longer time than expected. However, the management there asks you to leave the place to allow your other fellows to enter there. It is advised to leave at once to avoid any inconvenience.
View of Riaz un Jannah and Mehrab I Nabwi ( SAW)
The pilgrims also feast their eyes with the magnetic view of the Riaz ul Jannah along with the Mehrab I Nabwi ( SAW) to the far left and Minbar e Nabwi ( SAW) to the right. The Mehrab I Nabwi ( SAW) is the prayer niche that marks the location of the actual spot from which the Holy Prophet ( SAW) used to lead Salah. The lower part of this glorious prayer niche covers the spot where the Holy Prophet ( SAW) used to keep his head during the prostration
I would like to share some interesting facts about this spectacular place full of countless adjectives.
Present at the Center of Masjid E Nabwi ( SAW)
This sacred part of Heaven is located in the center of the Prophet ( SAW)’s Mosque Masjid e Nabwi ( SAW) and considered as the most auspicious location within this Holy spot.
Location of Riaz Ul Jannah
This is the small area which is also called as Rawdah ul- Jannah ( Gardens of Paradise) and Rawdahtul Riyad ul-Jannah and Rawdah Sharifah (الروضة الشريفة). This small area is an extension from Prophet ( SAW)’s tomb to his Pulpit ( minbar) and is distinguished by the Green Carpet. This area of green carpet is also known as the Rawdah Green Area. There is the segregation between males and females in this area.
Advice for entering Riaz un Jannah
Here are some tips to enter into this piece of Paradise.
Be Healthy and Patient
It is highly recommended to mentally prepare yourself to bear the crowd. Accompany with a person at least to get through the huge throng of pilgrims and maintain the patience.
Enter from Gate number 2
It is advised to enter this sacred spot through gate number 2. This gate is known as Abu Bakar Siddique’s Gate. This gate closes 1 hour before Adhan. So try to reach there as early as possible. If you enter from gate 1, the security may stop you in the way
Riaz ul Jannah for Ladies
The time allocated for the ladies is limited. They can only enter through gate 25 of the Masjid e Nabwi ( SAW).
Limited Timings for Ladies
The timings of Riaz ul Jannah is limited for ladies with 3 times a day.
- The main timings are From Fajar Prayer till 10 am.
- For a very short time after the Zuhar Prayer
- After the Isha Prayer
Divinity Associated with this Reverent Place
Our Islamic scholars and pious saints opine that the prayers and duas uttered in this place are never rejected. This place can accommodate the limited number of pilgrims. So the pilgrims struggle to step into this divine place to pray and make duas for themselves as much as they can.
Best Duas to Make at Riaz un Jannah
Although there is no formal ordinance related to the Duas to make on this immensely reverential place. However, you must read the following Hadith pertaining to the Duas to make at this spot
Anas bin Malik [may Allah be pleased with him] narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“When you pass by the gardens of Paradise, them feast.” ( Jami at Tirmidhi 3510)
Abu Hurairah R.A asked the Holy Prophet ( SAW), what is feasting?
Glory is to Allah, (Subḥān Allāh)’ and ‘All praise is due to Allah, (Al-Ḥamdulillāh)’ and ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, (Lā Ilāha Illallāh)’ and ‘Allah is the Greatest (Allāhu Akbar).’” (Jami at Tirmidhi 3509)
Note: Please refer to Sunnah.com for Arabic versions of these Duas