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Reality Of Saqeefah Garden In Madinah

By Author: Ady Grewal
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Saqeefah garden is situated about 200 m west of Masjid e Nabvi ﷺ. In fact, it was that place where Muslims consulted regarding the appointed Caliphate after the demise of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. There was dire need to appoint Caliph to run the Islamic State on the Sunnah of Prophet ﷺ. And for that purpose, a spot was fixed from west of Masjid e Nabvi.

Now it has converted into a library where people from all over the world especially from the UK who come to visit Masjid Nabvi after proceeding the Hajj or Umrah through the Registered Hajj and Umrah Travel Agents in the London UK to make the sure journey comfortable. They also study the history of Islamic and pre-Islamic events and facts.

After the death of Prophet Muhammad, ﷺ different Sahaba gave different opinions to appoint the Caliph to run the State. However, a dispute was created among the Sahabah because some had opinions to select the Caliph from Muhajireen and some said Ansaar. Thus, the spot was had been fixed to discuss to make the successor of Prophet ﷺ. And the Ansaar (Helpers) gathered at Saqeefah Banu Sa’edah to argue the question of selecting successor of Prophet ﷺ and felt that it should be one of them as they had protected Islam and offered a home for the Prophet (ﷺ) and his Sahabah when they were mistreated by their own people.

When news of this dispute regarding succession reached Abu Bakr and Umar (RA), they immediately moved forward from Masjid-e-Nabwi to Saqeefah Banu Sa’edah accompanied by a group of Muhajireen (Emigrants). The Ansaar were on the border of pledging allegiance to Sa’d ibn Ubadah (RA). They urged the right of the Ansaar to the control of the Muslims but Abu Bakr (RA) spoke about the severity of the problem. He cleared that the affairs did not concern the citizens of Madinah alone but it was a matter of concern for all the Arabs who had entered in the circle of Islam and they are not ready to accept the leadership of the Ansaris.

Abu Bakr (RA) added that under the circumstances the Quraysh, who were the guardians of the Kaabah could alone provide the leadership for the Muslim communal. Addressing to the Ansaar Abu Bakar (RA) said: “O Ansaar, nobody can deny the superiority of your position in religion as well as your importance in Islam. You were all chosen by Allah as the helpers of His religion and His Messenger. To you the Prophet (ﷺ) was sent on his emigration from Makkah and from you come the mainstream of his mates and his spouses. Indeed in the position, you are next only to the original companions. Consequently, it would be fair if we take the Caliphate and you accept the organization. You should not be unmoved in your stand. We assure you that we will take each step by consulting you.”

After the argument, Abu Bakr (RA) caught the hand of Umar and Abu Ubaidah bin Jarrah and said, “I choose either of these two to be our Amir (Leader)”. “One Amir from among us and one from among you,” People began to raise their voices until Umar (RA) arbitrated saying, ”O Helpers! Do you not remember that the Messenger of Allah ordered Abu Bakr to lead the prayer?” They all replied that they knew it,” Then Umar (RA) said: “So, which of you will freely take priority over him?” “Allah prohibits that we take priority over him!” they said at which Umar (RA) seized the hand of Abu Bakr (RA) and pledged allegiance to him, followed by Abu Ubaidah (RA) and others of the Emigrants who had recently joined them. After that all the Helpers who were existing also vowed their commitment to Abu Bakr (RA).

In this way, Abu Bakar (RA) had been decided for the first Caliph of Islam as well as the successor of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ at the Saqeefah garden. Plenty of pilgrims who go for Umrah through the cheap Umrah packages must visit the Saqeefah garden to realize the Caliphate reign.

Some days later, Ali (RA) said to Abu Bakr (RA): “We know well thy pre-eminence and what Allah has conferred upon thee, and we are not desirous of any benefit that He hath caused to come unto thee. But thou didst provoke us with a thing fulfilled, leaving us no choice, and we realized that we had some privilege therein for our nearness of kinship unto the Messenger of Allah.” Then Abu Bakr’s (RA) eyes filled with tears and he said: “By Him in whose hand is my soul, I had rather that all should be well between me and the associated of Allah’s Messenger than between me and my own close”; and at noon that day in the masjid he publicly forgave Ali for not yet having recognized him as Caliph, whereupon Ali (RA) acknowledged the right of Abu Bakr (RA) and vowed his loyalty to him.

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I am Ady Grewal and specifically providing information about all kinds of Umrah Packages through Islamic Travel. Truly, my major purpose is to make sure the religious obligation of UK based Muslim brothers and sisters by providing the information of cheapest packages from the UK to Saudi Arabia. If you are interested to perform Umrah, so you are at the absolutely right place. May Allah (SWT) fulfill your holy dream.

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