Six pillars or columns in the Rawdah section of Masjid Nabwi possess unique traditional and religious importance, with two more in the Sacred Chamber. These sacred pillars exist exactly where the actual pillars were and are made up of palm-tree trunks. They are built after Masjid Nabwi was constructed during the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) lifetime. From that time to now, those who expanded, restored, or enlarged the mosque have been very careful to keep the initial position of these pillars. Listed below are the 8 major pillars of Masjid Al Nabwi:
Ustuwaanah Hannanah (The Weeping Pillar)
It is also known as the Ustuwaanah Mukhallaq. It is the most precious of the pillars since it was the Prophet’s (S.A.W) location of Salah. A date palm tree used to grow in this place. Prior to the invention of the mimbar, the Prophet (S.A.W) used to lean on it when presenting the Khutbah. The Prophet (S.A.W) used the mimbar for the Khutbah when it was built. When the alteration happened, quite a painful sound of crying was heard from the tree that the entire masjid echoed; and those in the masjid began to weep. Jabir narrates in Al-Bukhari that:
The Prophet (ﷺ) then said: “The tree cries because the zikr of Allah was near it, and now that the mimbar is built it has been deprived of this zikr in its immediate vicinity. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have cried thus till the Day of Qiamah. (Riyad as-Salihin 1831)
After this, the tree dried and the mimbar was constructed.
The word ‘Sareer’ means a place to sleep. It is said that the Prophet (S.A.W) used to render Itikaf here as well and that he slept here while doing so. A wooden platform was once placed here for him to sleep on.
It is also recognized as s Ustuwaanah Abu Lubabah. Abu Lubabah (R.A) was one of the popular Sahaba. Prior to Islam, he had extensive relations with the Jewish people of Banu Quraizah. When they betrayed him during the Battle of the Trench and were captured, he informed them they were going to be killed by drawing a sign around his throat. He couldn’t sleep after that and he was so upset over his indiscretion. He reached the masjid where a date palm used to be. He shackled himself to the tree saying: “As long as my repentance is not accepted by Allah, I shall not untie myself from here. And the Prophet (ﷺ) himself must undo my bonds.” When the Prophet (ﷺ) heard this he said: “If he had come to me I would have begged forgiveness on his behalf. Now he had acted on his own initiative, I cannot untie him until his repentance has been accepted.” He remained there for many days without food and water except for Salah that his sight and hearing gets affected. Then one day in Thahajjud prayer the Prophet (S.A.W) received that his Tawba had been accepted and now he can be untied. But he refused, saying that only the Prophet (P.B.U.H) will untie him with his blessed hands and the Prophet (S.A.W) did it when he entered to pray Fajar Salah.
Ustuwaanah Aisha (R.A)
It is also known as the Ustuwaanah Qu’rah. The Prophet (S.A.W) used to worship here before moving to Ustuwaanah Hannanah. This pillar is named after Hazrat Aisha (R.A) and it is situated next to the pillar of Repentance. She (R.A) reports that the Prophet (S.A.W) said: “In this masjid is one such spot that if people knew the true blessed nature thereof, they would flock towards it in such in a manner to pray there they would have to cast such lots (i.e. Qu’rah).”
Ustuwaanah Ali (R.A)
Often known as Ustuwaanah Mah’ras or Hars. ‘Hars’ means to keep an eye on or protect. This was where some of the Sahaba would sit while keeping a watchful eye or serving as gatekeepers. Ali (R.A) was the one who always behaved as such, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Ustuwaanah Ali.
Wufood basically means delegations. When deputations came to see the Prophet () on account of their communities, they were perched here, and he met them, discussed the matter with them, and tried to teach Islam.
This was the traditional location for Jibrail (A.S) to enter to pay his respects to the Prophet (S.A.W). It is no longer visible since it is housed within the Prophet’s (S.A.W) Sacred Chamber.
It is said that once all the people had departed, a carpet was placed here for the Prophet (P.B.U.H) to conduct Tahajjud prayer late in the night. Currently, it is obscured by a bookcase.
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