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Al-Haram al-Madani

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Al-Ḥaram al-Madanī (Arabic: الحرم المدني; meaning: the holy site of Medina) or Al-Ḥaram al-Nabawī (Arabic: الحرم النبوي; literally meaning: the holy site of the prophet) is the second sacred holy site (haram) of Muslims after the holy site of Mecca. The mosque of the prophet (s) and al-Baqi' cemetery are located in this area. In some sources special rulings are mentioned for the area.

Expanse

There are different reports about the expanse of al-Haram al-Nabawi.[1] Shi'a authorities have defined the expanse of the holy site of Medina from the mount Ayr (عَیر) [or (Ayir) (عایِر)] to the mount Wa'ir (وَعير), according to a hadith.[2] But some Sunni authorities have referred to another hadith and have defined this expanse from the mount Ayr to the mount Thawr which is twelve "Mils" (twelve mils equals four farsakhs, which is 21.5 kilometers). They have considered the mount Ayr in Miqat and Thawr behind the mount Uhud.[3]

Regarding the location of the mount Thawr in Mecca, some others have interpreted the mentioned hadiths differently and considered it possible that narrators have mistaken the mount Thawr with the mount Uhud or maybe the previous name of Uhud has been Thawr.[4] It is also possible that the Prophet (s) actually meant the distance between the two mounts of Ayr and Thawr in Mecca or that the Prophet (s) figuratively called the two mountains around Medina Ayr and Thawr.[5]

Status

The holy site of Medina is the second important haram for Muslims. There are special rulings according to hadiths and jurisprudential laws. According to Sunni hadith sources, the Prophet (s) has guaranteed his intercession for the people of Medina on the Day of Judgement.[6]

Hanafis do not consider Medina to hold a Haram with its specific rulings.[7] Some contemporary Shi'a authorities have also doubted about Medina to be considered a Haram the same way as Mecca. They interpret the famous hadith from the Prophet (s) which ascribes the Haram of Medina to himself and the Haram of Mecca to Abraham (a) referring only to the necessity of respecting this city and the Prophet's (s) holy grave.[8]

However, Such jurists have considered some rulings of Haram for Medina too.[9] Malik b. Anas and some Shafi'is refer to the mentioned hadith and as a new reason, added the fact that Medina has been the destination for Immigrants (Muhajirun) and Helpers (Ansar). He concluded that al-Haram al-Nabawi is more important than al-Haram al-Makki;[10] however, most religious authorities have regarded al-Haram al-Makki higher than Medina, other than the Prophet's (s) grave which has been introduced in hadiths as the best of all tombs in the world.[11]

Important places of the haram

The most important places that are located in this area are as follows:

  • Quba mosque: Quba mosque was the first mosque which was built by Prophet Muhammad (s). This mosque was mentioned in Qur'an 9:108-109.
  • Mount Uhud: The Battle of Uhud occurred beside this mountain. Graves of Hamza, the prophet's uncle, and other the martyrs of the Battle of Uhud is beside the mountain and is a visiting site.

Manners and Rulings

Most important manners and rulings of al-Haram al-Nabawi are:

  • Recommendation of performing ritual bath (ghusl) before entering
  • Recommendation of residing in Medina
  • Recommendation of fasting some days of the week
  • Prohibition of damaging plants and cutting trees specially saplings, except for animals' feeding.
  • Prohibition of hunting animals.[12]

Some earlier Sunni authorities have mentioned some punishments for one who doesn't observe the prohibitions in al-Haram al-Nabawi.[13]

See Also

Notes

  1. In some narrations, the expanse of al-Haram al-Nabawi has been defined as one Barid (In Arabia, a unit of distance which equals four farsakhs, and about 21.5 kilometers) to each of four directions. Ṭūsī, Tahdhīb al-aḥkām, vol. 6 p. 13; Haythamī, Majmaʿ al-zawāʾid. vol. 2, p. 54. According to another hadith, narrated by both Shi'a and Sunni, al-Haram al-Nabawi is located between two lands of black stones in the East and the West of Medina. Nawawī, al-Majmūʿ: sharḥ al-muhadhdhab, vol. 7, p. 489. Kulaynī, al-Kāfī. vol. 4. p. 564. Ṭabarī, al-Qira li-qāṣid umm al-qurā. p. 670-671.
  2. Al-Hilli, al-Hasan b. Yusuf. Tadhkirat al-fuqaha. vol. 1. p. 651; Al-Bahrani, Yusuf b. Ahmad. al-Hada'iq al-nadira fi ahkam al-'itrat al-tahira. vol. 11. p. 302; Khalkhali, Rida. Mu'tamid al-'urwat al-wuthqa. vol. 5. p. 512
  3. Ibn Qudama. al-Mughni. vol. 3. p. 376; Al-Khatib al-Sharbini, Muhammad b. Ahmad. Mughni al-Muhtaj ila ma'rifat ma'ani alfaz al-minhaj. vol. 1. p. 529; Al-Bahuti al-Hanbali, Mansur b. Yunus. Kashshaf al-qina' 'an matn al-aqna'. vol. 2. p. 551
  4. Al-Nawawi, Yahya b. Sharaf. al-Majmu' sharh al-muhadhdhab. vol. 7. p. 486
  5. Ibn Qudama. al-Mughni. vol. 3. p. 370
  6. Ahmad b. Hanbal . Musnad Ahmad. vol. 6. p. 370; Muslim b. al-Hajjaj. Sahih Muslim. vol. 4. p. 113
  7. Ibn 'Abidin. Radd al-muhtar 'ala al-durr al-mukhtar. vol. 2. p. 256; Raf'at Basha, Ibrahim. Mirat al-haramayn aw al-rahalat al-hijaziyya wa al-hajj. vol. 1. p. 447
  8. Al-Bukhari, Muhammad b. Isma'il. Sahih al-Bukhari. vol. 5. p. 40; Muslim b. al-Hajjaj. Sahih Muslim. vol. 4. p. 113
  9. Al-Hakim, Muhsin. Dalil al-nasik. vol. 493; Khalkhali, Rida. Mu'tamid al-'urwat al-wuthqa. vol. 5. p. 513
  10. Ibn 'Abidin. Radd al-muhtar 'ala al-durr al-mukhtar. vol. 2. p. 688
  11. Al-Tusi, Muhammad b. al-Hasan. al-Khilaf. vol. 2. p. 451-452; Ibn 'Abidin. Radd al-muhtar 'ala al-durr al-mukhtar. vol. 2. p. 256; Al-Zuhayli, Wahaba Mustafa. al-Fiqh al-Islami wa adillata. vol. 3. p. 323
  12. Al-Hilli, Ibn Idris. al-Sara'ir al-hawi li-tahrir al-fatawa. vol. 1. p. 651-652; Al-Zarkishi, Muhammad b. Bahadur. al-Burhan fi 'ulum al-Qur'an. p. 243-245, 261; Gulpayigani, Muhammad Rida. Manasik al-haj. p. 187, 210; Al-Zuhayli, Wahaba Mustafa. al-Fiqh al-Islami wa adillata. vol. 3. p. 335-336
  13. Al-Tabari, Ahmad b. 'Abd Allah. al-Qira li-qasid umm al-qura. p. 675-676