The Green Dome
During this past Winter Break, my family and I embarked on a journey to Saudi Arabia. Our first stop was Medina, the City of the Prophet (saw). While I was there, I kept thinking, “What does the green dome on that mosque symbolize?” My seeming ignorance turned out to be representative of a largely forgotten past in our Ummah.
Masjid An-Nabawi was originally built and ran by the Prophet Muhammad (saw) in Medina, Saudi Arabia. It has been expanded and is now one of the biggest mosques in the world, with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The original mosque was right next to the Prophet’s (saw) house. The Green Dome is at the south-east end of the Mosque and directly below it is the grave of the Prophet (saw). There are 3 graves beside the Prophet’s (saw), where Abu Bakr and Omar ibn al-Khattab are buried. The last one is for Isa, when he returns. The Green Dome was built and painted in 1279, then renovated in the 15th century and in 1818 the Ottoman Sultan Mahmoud II painted it green.
Adjacent to the tombs is the Rawdah (Garden). The Rawdah is an area from the minbar to the tomb of the Prophet (saw) that has green carpet (rather than red) and is part of Jannah. Prayers on the green carpet are never rejected.
When I was in Medina, I got the opportunity to pray in the Rawdah a few times and say my Salaams to the Prophet (saw) and his closest companions. It was an eye opening experience to be surrounded (squished and shoved) by people from different backgrounds all in a small space for one purpose-Allah and his Messenger (saw). Praying on the Rawdah was the most peaceful experience, even though I was surrounded by hundreds of people trying to get through. There is something about the smell, the spirits, and the mindset when in Medina that makes the heart always at rest and the mind tranquil. InshaAllah, May Allah bring all of you to the Masjid An-Nabawi many times, and unite us as an Ummah with the Prophet (saw) on the Day of Judgement.