مرحبا بكم في المدينة المنورة – Welcome to Medinah
Almost a four-hour taxi drive took us to Medinah. Unlike Makkah, Medinah’s skyline is now being developed with modern state-of-the-art buildings. Old buildings are being demolished to make better establishments. The minarets of the Mosque of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) (Masjid-e-Nabvi) are clearly visible from a distance. This mosque is the second largest in the world and the courtyard has huge “umbrellas” that can open and close according to the weather. The umbrellas open and save the pilgrims from the scorching heat of the sun.
Once again the dense crowds of pilgrims bears testimony to the strong percentage of Muslims worldwide and their united power. Men, women and children throng the courtyard when the mosque itself fills up near prayer time. There are pilgrims from varying nations, majorly Asians, Arabs and Africans interspersed with a few Europeans.
Like the Holy Ka’aba, the peacefulness of this mosque is never interrupted with technical malfunctions. The facilities run ever-so-smoothly and daily cleaning and over-all maintenance drills in the night (when pilgrim crowds thin down) maintain the mosque’s state-of-the-art services.
Peace is so prevalent in these two cities that you can leave your belongings being sure that they will never be stolen. Even though you do not understand the language of the person next to you, there is trust in the air and a harmony that binds you together – one religion, one God. You know that they are here for the same reason: to pay homage to the House of God, pray and pay their respects to Allah’s beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).