The Roda Rasool (the grave of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W) is currently in Masjid al Nabawi in Madina. Its dome is constructed in 1817 C.E. It was painted green during the control of Ottoman Sultan Mahmud in 1837 C.E. The Roda Rasool S.A.W holds a significant importance for Muslims. People from all around the world come to pay his “Salam” to the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. We believe that he listens to our Salam and respond back to us from his grave. Today, we are going to write about some facts which most of the Muslims don’t know about the Roda Rasool S.A.W.
1-There is a golden grill which is the front side of the inner chamber room which holds the grave of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and two of his friends and first Caliphs, Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab. It is said that a 4th place is left where Jesus (Hazrat Isa) will be buried.
2-The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was buried in Hazrat Ayesha’s (may Allah be pleased with her) house where he was staying at the time of his death. Our Prophet’s wives lived in small, simple houses next to the Masjid. The huts of Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) and Hafsa (may Allah be pleased with her) were located inside the Sacred Chamber and were much closer to each other. They used to talk with each other from their own huts.
3-There are viewing holes through which the graves are not visible. The biggest hole on the left straightly faces the grave of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). The middle hole faces to Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and the right hole faces to the Hazrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).
4-The walls of the room are built of black stones and the roof has a small black dome called Qubbat an-Nur. The Chamber has no gate and it is totally sealed from the outside except a small window in the dome which is blocked by a golden grill in the front. The walls were built by Umar bin Abdul Aziz in 91 AH so that no one may come inside the Chamber. Recommended: What is the reality behind the inside pictures of Roda Rasool S.A.W?
5-The Sultan Nur ud din Zengi built the chamber around the graves which was filled with molten lead because many disbelievers in the past tried to steal the body of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) by digging towards the graves from under the ground. Recommended: First Attempt to Steal the Holy Body of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W from Madina
6-The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) became weaker and died at the age of 63, on the afternoon of Monday, 12 Rabi -ul-Awwal, 11 AH (633 CE). In 11 A.H. Muharram, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) got ill and had a temperature which was rising day by day. He was staying with Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her). The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) gave importance to prayers and advised to be good with the slaves and servants. Lastly, He said: “I am leaving two things with you. If you hold them strongly, you will never go off track; the Quran and my Sunnah.” All this conversation took place where we have Roda Rasool S.A.W today.
7-The grave of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was dug under the bed where he died because when He died, the people around said to put Him near the stage. Some of them said to put Him in Baqi. But Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) came and said that he heard the Prophet of Allah said that a Prophet was never buried elsewhere than the place where he expired.
Source: Islamic Landmarks