Shall I face the Qibla with my back towards the blessed resting place of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ when making du’ā?

Imam Mālik (rahimahu Llah) was asked by the Khalif Abu Ja’far al-Mansūr:

Shall I face the Qibla with my back towards the blessed resting place of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ when making du’ā?


Imam Mālik (rahimahu Llah) replied,

How could you turn your face away from him ﷺ when he is your means (wasīla) and your father Adam’s means to Allah on the Day of Rising? No, rather you should face him ﷺ and ask for his intercession so that Allah will grant it to you, for Allah said, ‘If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and asked Allah’s forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-Returning, Most Merciful (Q4:64)’.

– Narrated by Qādī ‘Iyād in his Shifā’ (2:26-27) and Tartīb al-Madārik (1:113-14) with an authentic chain, Imam Subkī in his Shifā’ as-Siqām (Ch. 4, 7), Qastalānī in his Mawāhib Ladunniya, Ibn Bashkuwal (Qurbah pp. 84), and other

Madinah Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

The Beloved Messenger of Allah ﷺ prayed:

“O Allah! Bestow on Madinah twice the blessings You bestowed on Makkah.” [Bukhari]


“O abode of the Best of all Messengers;
The one by whom people are guided, and who was chosen to receive the Verses,
For you (o Madinah) I have intense, ardent love,
And a yearning which kindles the embers of my heart.

I have a vow – if I fill my eyes with those walls and the places where you walked,
then my turbaned grey head will be covered with dust from so much kissing!
Had it not been for obstacles and enemies, I would always visit them,
even if I were to be dragged upon my feet.

But I will be guided, in my eagerness, to greet the inhabitants of those houses and rooms,
By a scent purer than the most splendid musk, which covers him each morning and evening.
Pure and ever-increasing blessings bestowed upon him,
through the prayers of peace and blessings upon him!”

[Qadi Iyaad’s al-Shifa, Vol. 2]

A video produced by Rawasin Media shows the city of Madinah like you’ve never seen it before. Special permission was granted for the company to use drones to capture footage of Madinah from above. Landmarks such as Masjid Quba and Masjid Qiblatayn can be seen as well as the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid An Nabawi).

Below are some screenshots from the video:

Praying in Congregation, Praying at the Mosque (Our 100th Post)


Jabir bin Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) narrates:

“The neighbourhood of my tribe, Bani Salim, was rather far from the mosque. There were some vacant sites around the Prophet’s mosque so we wanted to sell our house and move closer to the mosque.

At that time the following verse was revealed:

“We bring the dead to life and We record what they send ahead and what they leave behind. We have listed everything in a clear register”. (Yasin 36:12)

When he heard of our intention, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to us:

“I hear that you wish to move closer to the mosque, is this true?”

They said: “Yes, o Messenger of Allahﷺ. We truly wish for this”.

Then the blessed Prophet ﷺ said:

“O Bani Salim! Remain where you are and receive a reward for each step you take in coming to the mosque. Yes, remain where you are; and let there be a reward written for every step you take in coming to the mosque”.  (Muslim, Masajid, 280, 281; Tirmidhi, Tafsiru’l Qur’an, 36/1).

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