Wrapping up the rituals of hajj, more than 4,252,000 have flocked to Madinah to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) while visiting his mosque during the period from Dhul Hijjah 7 to 14, corresponding to June 25 to July 2.
The unprecedented figure was released Tuesday by the Agency for the Presidency of the Prophet’s Mosque.
The presidency organized and facilitated the entry of more than 271,173 visitors to greet the Prophet (peace be upon him), in addition to 75,529 worshipers who were permitted to visit the Rawdah Sharif, Alriyadh Daily reported.
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“More than 6,782 elderly people have benefited from the spaces designated for them and 14,766 visitors took advantage of religious lectures delivered at the Prophet’s Mosque,” the presidency said while noting that a total of 46,138 gifts were distributed among the pilgrims and worshipers.
“More than 4,703 have benefited from field awareness programs while the beneficiaries of religious guidance services stood at 11,534.”
All arrangements and services, including security troops, health, emergency and voluntary agencies are in place to take care of pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque.
Visiting Madinah isn’t part of hajj or umrah rites, but the unique merits of the Prophet’s city, his Mosque, and his sacred tomb attract every pilgrim to visit it. There is no Ihram nor talbiyah for the visit to Madinah or the Prophet’s Mosque.
Visiting the Prophet’s Mosque has unique merits. A prophetic hadith said that a prayer performed in the Prophet’s Mosque is better than a thousand prayers in any other place except Masjid al-Haram in Makkah.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said: “The person who offers 40 prayers consecutively in my Mosque, without missing a prayer in between, will secure immunity from the fire of Hell and other torments and also from hypocrisy.” (Musnad Ahmad).