Sunday 29 January 2017

The Sunnah of Visiting Masjid-e-Quba | Taking Lesson

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

WHEN VISITING Madinatul Munawwarah, we usually go for Ziyarah to Mount Uhud, Masjid-e-Qiblatain, Masjid-e-Quba and other historical and blessed places. We have learnt that reading two Rakaats of Salaah in Masjid-e-Quba draws the reward of an ‘Umrah. Rasulullah said: “Whoever purifies himself (takes Wudhu') in his house, then comes to Masjid-e-Quba' and prays in it, has the reward like that of Umrah.”[1]

As we know, Masjid-e-Quba was the first Masjid built in Madina Sharief, on the arrival of Rasulullah . The narration of the Hijrah is well known. The Muslims would go to the outskirts of Madinatul Munawwarah to wait for and meet Rasulullah . When the day finally arrived and Rasulullah reached Madinatul Munawwarah, there was much rejoicing and happiness. Rasulullah stopped in Quba and stayed there, amongst the people, for about twelve days. The foundation of Masjid-e-Quba was laid by Rasulullah himself.

The virtue of Masjid-e-Quba is mentioned in Qur’aan Sharief:
“The mosque that was founded on Taqwa (piety) from the very first day has greater right that you stand in it. In it there are people who like to observe purity; and Allah loves those observing purity.”
 [Surah At-Taubah 9: 108]

It was the habit of Rasulullah to go to Masjid-e-Quba every Yaumus Sabt (Saturday), and Rasulullah would read two Rakaats of Salaah. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Rasulullah used to go to the Masjid of Quba every Saturday, (sometimes) walking and (sometimes) riding.”[2]

Alhamdulillah, when I was there, in Masjid-e-Quba, it came to my mind that this noble Sunnah and practice of visiting Masjid-e-Quba teaches us a great lesson: We should not forget our roots. We should not forget those who have been a means of benefit, goodness, kindness and assistance. Nabi did not forget the people of Quba – their warm welcome, great hospitality and kind treatment, in accommodating him and his companions, and would visit the Masjid every week.

We find that different people qualify in different fields. Someone may have qualified as an ‘Aalim, Mufassir, Muhaddith, Sheikh and may have other qualifications. Others graduate as doctors, engineers, teachers, etc. Whatever a person achieves and whatever goodness is enjoyed, he should not forget his parents. It is through the Barakah and Duas of one’s parents that a person makes progress and succeeds in life. ...We must also not forget our Asaatiza. From whom did we learn Alif, Baa, Taa? It is through their Duas, their noble efforts and sacrifices that we are are enriched with knowledge and skills. …We should endeavour to fulfil the rights of our parents as well as our Asaatiza. Visit one’s Asaatiza. We should make Dua for all those who have benefitted us in life, who assisted us in our undertakings and in our work.

Rasulullah said: “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.”[3]

Of course, the greatest gratitude is for Allah Ta’ala. Without Allah Ta’ala’s Grace, blessings and bounties, nothing would be achieved. Allah Ta'ala informs us:

“And you have no good thing but it is from Allah...”
[Surah An-Nahl 16 : 53]

Very fortunate is the person who appreciates.

 “…And whoever is grateful is grateful for (the benefit of) himself. …”
[Surah Luqmaan 31 : 12]

Allah Ta’ala promises an increase in His bounties when a person is grateful:

“…if you are grateful, I will most certainly increase for you (My favours)…”
[surah Ibraheem 14 : 7]

When visiting Masjid-e-Quba, we should reflect over its history, the virtues and merits of the people who built it, and make Dua that Allah Ta’ala also bless us with those same noble qualities of piety and purity and that through these qualities we also become beloved to Allah Ta’ala. 

By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

[1] An-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah
[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[3] Ahmad, Tirmidhi

Friday 13 January 2017