The Chamber of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) is The Prophet’s (P.B.U.H.) resting place.
One should now understand that one is in the presence of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.), and that Allah has enabled him to listen to what is being said to him. There are three gold wire-mesh enclosures, with round holes in all of them. There are three round holes in the middle enclosure, and only two in the others. In the middle enclosure the first hole (which is the largest of all) is directly in line with face of Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.). Moving slightly to the right is the second hole (of the middle enclosure) which is in line with the face of Abu Bakr (R.A.). Likewise, a third hole in this same enclosure is aligned to the face of `Umar (R.A.).
Note: It is not worth trying to look through the holes as there is nothing that can be seen apart from a barrier. One should stand a few yards away from the enclosure facing the chamber (this will be with one’s back towards Qiblah). One must not be inattentive here nor allow one’s thoughts to wander. Do not stand too close to the chamber (you’ll be stopped by the guard and humiliated for something not necessary). It is not compulsory to convey Salaam with specific words. One may recite any such words that convey respect and honour. Avoid reciting large passages without understanding and feeling.
In front of Rasulullah (P.B.U.H.) recite:
- Du’a: One should do Du’a to Allah through the medium of the Prophet i.e. that Allah forgives you because this was the wish of the Prophet that all his followers are granted forgiveness and proximity to Allah. (Abu Dawud)
- At this point one may convey the Salaam of others.
Then greet `Umar (R.A.) by reciting:
Thereafter, make du’a for them both.
Then face the Qiblah and make du’a silently for oneself, and all one’s loved ones, as well as the entire ummah of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) in general. Ask for all those permitted things which Allah alone can grant/fulfill. It is worth noting that at peak times the guards will only allow people entrance from Bab as-Salaam so that the crowd flows in one direction briefly pausing for Salaam and then continuing out from Bab Baqi.
- MIHRAB OF NABI (P.B.U.H.)
This is identified by an Arabic inscription on the wall that says that this was the place where the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) would offer Salaah. To stop people walking over this place, Abu Bakr built a wall to cover it only leaving that part uncovered where the feet of the Nabi (P.B.U.H.) were placed at the time of Salaah.