Is the photograph that is claimed to be the grave of the Prophet (pbuh) on the internet real?

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Is the photograph that is claimed to be the grave of the Prophet (pbuh) on the internet real?

(editor) on Tue, 13/03/2018 - 10:01

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Dear Brother / Sister,

The tomb of the Prophet is under the Green Dome. Those who go to Madinah to visit the Prophet stand in the presence of the Prophet. They greet him and pray for him. What they see when they look at the tomb are the golden rails in front of the tomb of the prophets called "Shabaka as-Sa’adah".

When they look through the rails they see a green fabric cover with patterns of Kalima at-Tawhid on it hanging down from the outside part of Hujra as-Sa’adah. This cover is seen from the three faces of Hujra as-Sa’adah. It is not possible to see anything else.

There is a small door to enter Hujra as-Sa’adah in the eastern side. This door is locked all the time. The special caretakers have the key to that door; they sometimes enter inside to dust. Nobody else is allowed to enter there.

The place where the Prophet, Hz. Abu Bakr and Hz. Umar are buried now was the room of Hz. Aisha. After the death of Hz. Umar, Hz. Aisha had a wall built between her room and the graves. The grave of the Prophet is at the front, the grave of Hz. Abu Bakr is a bit behind the feet of the Prophet and the grave of Hz. Umar is a bit behind Abu Bakr’s feet.

Hz. Aisha had a window opened above the grave of the Prophet so that some raindrops and sunlight would enter inside. During the caliphate of Umar bin Abdulaziz, the Umayyad Caliph, a flood demolished the wall. The Caliph had a stone wall built around the grave and maintained the window.

When Nuraddin Mahmud Zangi, the Seljuk Atabek, was informed about the activity of two foreigners who came to Madinah to steal the blessed dead body of the Prophet, he had a high wall built around the grave and strengthened the foundations by casting lead. (see Eyüp Sabri Paşa, Miratul-Haramayn, p. 684-686, Ist. 1304)

Afterwards, Qaitbay, the Mamluk Sultan, had a blue dome built on Hujra as-Sa’adah. Later on, due to the cracks on the dome, The Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II had the dome repaired and painted it green. From then on, the dome is green. The small window on the dome still exists today.

According to the information I received from a friend who has been living in Madinah for thirty years and who has researched Madinah, during the cleaning of the Green Dome at the beginning of the 20th century, it was noticed that a pigeon had died and fallen through the small window on the dome.

They found a very thin Sudanese blind person and hung him down through the window with a rope. He picked the dead pigeon and returned. According to the information confirmed by Sheikh Abdussalam, who died at the age of 120 and who was one of the caretakers of Hujra as-Saadah, and Abdulaziz al-Bukhari, who was known as the muezzin with a touching voice and who was among the representatives of the family that worked as muezzins in Masjid an-Nabawi for 400 years and who died last year, the graves of the Prophet and the other two Companions are surrounded by stones of a hand-span high and they are covered with red sand.

However, it is not possible to enter the place where the graves are by any means. For, the graves are surrounded by four walls and there is no door. The shape and real content of that blessed place is kept as a secret. Therefore, we should say that those colorful graves in the form of coffins that are seen in various websites and that are claimed to belong to the Prophet have no relation with the grave and tomb of the Prophet.

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