Riyad ul-Jannah (Garden of Paradise)

The heart of the mosque houses a very special but small area named Riad ul-Jannah (Gardens of Paradise). It extends from Muhammad's tomb (Rawdah) to his pulpit (minbar). Pilgrims attempt to visit the confines of the area, for there is a tradition that supplications and prayers uttered here are never rejected. Entrance into the area is not always possible, especially during the Hajj season, as the space can only accommodate a few hundred people. Riyad ul-Jannah is carpeted green in contrast to the rest of the mosque carpeted red.

Riad ul-Jannah is considered to be a part Jannah (Paradise). It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that Muhammad said, "The area between my house and my minbar is one of the gardens of Paradise, and my minbar is on my cistern (hawd)."

Date Landscape Notes Reference
Riyad ul-Jannah, Masjid al-Nabawi Riyad ul-Jannah, general view of the area, with Mihrab-i Nabawi to the far left and Minbar-i Nabawi to the right. Malik Fahad Quran Complex
Mihrab of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi Mihrab-i Nabawi is a commemorative mehrab at Masjid al-Nabawi and marks the spot from where prophet Muhammad used to lead prayers Malik Fahad Quran Complex
Pulpit (Minbar) of the Prophet Muhammad in Masjid al-Nabawi Current Minbar-i Nabawi, was placed in the mosque by Qaitbey in the late fifteenth century and is still in use. Previous minbars included a simple "wood block of date tree" which was replaced several times over the centuries until this minbar of Qaitbey. Malik Fahad Quran Complex
Muazzin's platform is situated at the appriximate spot where Bilal Habashi used to stand over the wall of the Prophet's Mosque to declare the Adhan. The height of the platform is also approximately same as that of the height of the mosque's at the time of the Prophet.
Bab ul-Touba, also known as Bab e Sayeda Aiesha or Bab ul-Wufud, in the western wall of Rawda e Rasool's enclosure between the Ustwana e Wufud and Ustwana e Haris. According to tradition this is the entrance that was used by Prophet Muhammad to enter mosque. The actual position of the door is approximately 8-10 feet behind the current location, now it is situated within the Riyad ul-Jannah and book shelves have recently been places in front of it.
Latest Update: October 11, 2016