The Masjid-e-Nabawi Sharif has been expanded and modified in different periods of history, but the eight pillars in the holy shrine have remained in place, each with its history. These eight (8) pillars of the Prophet’s Mosque were made of palm trunks during the time of the Prophet of Islam, six (6) of them are very famous. Keep reading to know more.
Special Importance to these Monuments
The Saudi government has given special importance to its historical monuments, including the Masjid e Nabwi, since the founding of the kingdom. However, to distinguish these historic pillars from other pillars of the mosque, the Saudi government had painted them with different coloured marble in 1404 AH.
These eight pillars are as follow;
1). Ustuwaanah Mukhallaq/ Hannanah
It is the same pillar in the place of the trunk on which the Prophet of Islam used to lean on it while delivering his sermons. This pillar is considered the most blessed pillar because this is the place of Salah of Holy Prophet PBUH. Later, when the pulpit was built, the sound of crying started coming from this trunk. The Holy Prophet SAWW then said:
“The tree cries because the Zikr of Allah was near it and now that the mimbar is built it has been destitute of this Zikr in its immediate locality. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have cried thus till the Day of Judgement”.
After that the tree dried up and was buried and this mimbar was built.
2). Ustuwaanah Qu’rah/ Ayesha
It is also called the pillar of Ayesha. This is the 4th pillar from the pulpit and the third pillar from the Tomb of Athar. the Holy Prophet PBUH said:
“In this mosque is one such spot that if the people knew the true blessed nature of it, they would flock towards it in such in a manner to pray there they would have to cast such lots (i.e. Qurah)”.
3). Ustuwaanah Tawbah/ Abu Lubabah
It is also known as the Abu Lababa Pillar, the 3rd pillar from the pulpit. Abu Lubabah (رضي الله عنه) was one of the famous Sahaba. He entered the masjid at this spot where a date-tree used to stand. He bound himself to the trunk saying:
“As long as my repentance is not accepted by Allah, I shall not untie myself from here. And the Prophet (ﷺ) himself must undo my bonds.” When the Prophet (ﷺ) heard this he said: “If he had come to me I would have begged forgiveness on his behalf. Now he had acted on his own initiative, I cannot untie him until his repentance has been accepted.”
4). Ustuwaanah Sareer
Sareer’ means sleeping place. It is reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) used to make i’tikaaf here also, and used to sleep here while in i’tikaaf. A platform of wood used to be put here for him to sleep on. This is the pillar by the window of the holy shrine.
5). Ustuwaanah Mahras/ Hars/ Ali رضي الله عنه
This pillar is on the north side behind Ustuwaanah Sareer and in front of the khokha from where the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to visit the mosque. It is also called Pillar Ali bin Abi Talib. ‘Hars’ means to watch or protect. This used to be the place where some of the Sahaba (رضي الله عنهم) used to sit when keeping watch or acting as gatekeepers.
Ali (رضي الله عنه) used to be the one who mostly acted as such, for which it is often called Ustuwaanah Ali (رضي الله عنه). When the Prophet (ﷺ) entered the masjid from the door of Aisha’s (رضي الله عنها) room, he passed this spot.
6). Ustuwaanah Wufood
‘Wufood’ means delegations. This pillar is on the north side behind Ustuwaanah Mah’ras, where the Prophet of Islam used to sit and receive delegations, conversed with them and taught them Islam.
7). Ustuwaanah Marabah/ Jibraeel عليه السلام
This is also called Maqam Jibraeel, which is located inside the Sacred Chamber of the Prophet. This pillar cannot seen today because it lies inside the Sacred Chamber of the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). It gets its name because this is the place where Jibraeel AS used to enter to visit the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).
8). Ustuwaanah Tahajjud
The Ustuwaanah Tahajjud is located to the north behind the house of Syeda Fatima.
The following pillars are present since the times of the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in the Holy shrine. Special care and attention have been given to them. These pillars have a history that makes them special. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news for more.