Jannatul Baqi

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Jannatul Baqi (Garden of Heaven) is the main cemetery of Madinah. Buried here are many members of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) close family, around ten thousand of his companions (Sahabah) and many prominent, pious personalities.

  • Aisha (رضي الله عنها) reported (that whenever it was her turn for the Prophet (ﷺ) to spend the night with her) he would go out towards the end of the night to al-Baqi and say: “Peace be upon you, abode of a people who are believers. What you were promised would come to you tomorrow, you receiving it after some delay; and God willing we shall join you. O Allah, grant forgiveness to the inhabitants of Baqi al-Gharqad.” [Muslim]
  • Baqi means the land in which the roots of different trees are embedded, Gharqad is the name of a thorny tree (Boxthorn) which were abundant in Baqi. Hence the cemetery also came to be known as Baqi al-Gharqad.
  • The first person to be buried in al-Baqi was As’ad Bin Zararah (رضي الله عنه), an Ansari companion who died soon after the Prophet ‘s (ﷺ) migration to Madinah. The Prophet (ﷺ) chose the spot to be a cemetery. The first of the Muhajirun (Emigrants) to be buried there was Uthman bin Mazoun (رضي الله عنه) who died shortly after the Prophet (ﷺ) returned from the battle of Badr.

Some of the blessed personalities resting in Jannatul Baqi are:

  • The aunts of the Prophet (ﷺ), Safiyyah bint Abdul Muttalib and her sister Aatikah (رضي الله عنهم)
Graves of the aunts of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
The graves of the aunts of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
  • Relatives of the Prophet (ﷺ), Abdullah bin Jafar and Aqeel bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنهم)
Graves of relatives of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
The graves of relatives of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
  • The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ), also known as the Mothers of the Believers. They are Aisha bint Abu Bakr, Sauda bint Zamaa, Hafsa bint Umar, Zainab bint Khuzaymah, Juwairiya bint Harith, Umm Habibah bint Abu Sufyan, Safiyyah bint Hayy al Akhtab, Zainab bint Jahash, Umme Salamah bint Abu Umama (رضي الله عنهم). The two wives that are not buried here are Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (رضي الله عنها) who is buried in Makkah and Maymuna bint al-Harith (رضي الله عنها) who is buried in Sarif.
The graves of the wives of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
The graves of the wives of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
  • The daughters of the Prophet (ﷺ), Fatima, Ruqayyah, Zainab and Umme Kulthum (رضي الله عنهم)
The graves of Umm Kulthum, Ruqayyah and Zainab (رضي الله عنهم)
The graves of Umm Kulthum, Ruqayyah and Zainab (رضي الله عنهم)
  • Other close family members of the Prophet (ﷺ) buried in Jannatul Baqi include his uncle Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib, Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Taleb, Zainul Abideen bin Husain bin Ali, Muhammad al-Baqir bin Zainul Abideen and Jafar bin Muhammad al-Baqir (رضي الله عنهم). They are buried close together along with Fatima (رضي الله عنها).
Graves of close family members of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
Graves of close family members of the Prophet (s.a.w.)
  • Imam Malik and his teacher Imam Nafi’ bin Abi Nu’aym (رضي الله عنهم)
Grave of Imam Malik and his teacher Imam Nafi
Grave of Imam Malik and his teacher Imam Nafi
  • Ebrahim (رضي الله عنه), the infant son of the Prophet (ﷺ) by Maria al-Qibtiyya (رضي الله عنها)
The grave of Ebrahim, the infant son of the Prophet s.a.w.
The grave of Ebrahim, the infant son of the Prophet s.a.w.
  • The martyrs of the Battle of Harrah. This was a battle fought in 683 AH against the armies of Yazeed bin Muawiyah by the army of Abdullah bin Zubair (رضي الله عنه) and his allies in order to defend Madinah. This battle happened after the demise of the Prophet (ﷺ).
The graves of the martyrs of the Battle of Harrah
The graves of the martyrs of the Battle of Harrah
  • Uthman (رضي الله عنه), the third Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet (ﷺ). He died in 656 AH.
The grave of Uthman (رضي الله عنه)
The grave of Uthman (رضي الله عنه)
  • Haleemah Sa’diya, the wet-nurse of the Prophet (ﷺ)
The grave of Haleemah (رضي الله عنها)
The grave of Haleemah (رضي الله عنها)
  • There are many other companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) buried in unmarked graves in Jannatul Baqi. These include Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas, Abdur-Rehman bin Auf, Abdullah bin Mas’ood, Arqam bin Arqam, Abu Sufyan bin Harb, Hakeem bin Hizam, Hassan bin Thabit, Ka’ab bin Malik, Muhammad bin Maslamah, Miqdad bin Aswad, Ubai bin Ka’ab, Sohaib Rumi and Usama bin Zaid (رضي الله عنهم). Abu Saeed Khudri and Sa’ad bin Mu’adh  (رضي الله عنهم) are buried within the small structure below:
The graves of Abu Saeed Khudri and Sa'as bin Mu'adh (رضي الله عنهم)
The graves of Abu Saeed Khudri and Sa’ad bin Mu’adh (رضي الله عنهم)
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “On the day of Qiyamah my grave shall be opened first and I shall step forth. Then shall Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) step forth and then Umar (رضي الله عنه). Then shall I proceed to Baqi and take all its inmates with me. Then shall we await the inmates of the graveyard of Makkah, who shall meet me halfway between Makkah and Madinah.” [Tirmidhi]
  • During different times of history many domes and structures were built or rebuilt over many famous graves in Al-Baqi in order to identify the inhabitants. On April 21, 1925, mausoleums, domes and structures in Jannatul Baqi were demolished by the order of King Abdul Aziz Al Saud with the objective of complying with the hadith of the Prophet (ﷺ) to not cover or build structures over any grave and to prevent people from seeking help from the dead.
Jannatul Baqi before demolition of structures
Jannatul Baqi before demolition of structures
  • It is virtuous to visit Jannatul Baqi (preferably on a Friday) and supplicate to Allah (ﷻ) for all those buried in its noble earth.

Infographic of Jannatul Baqi:

Jannatul Baqi infographic

References:  History of Madinah Munawwarah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, Wikipedia, Virtues of Hajj – Sheikh Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhalvi, Jannatul Baqie – Abu Tariq Hijazi

Source: Islamic Landmarks

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