Allah Taa'la says, “The first house established for people was that at Bakka, blessed……in it is security.” (3:96)
Hadhrat Abu Huraira said that the Holy Prophet Muhammed said, “Mounts should only be saddled to visit three mosques: the Masjid Al-Haram, My Masjid and the Masjid Al-Aqsa.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
How fortunate are those who have visited or are going to visit the most sacred places in the entire world? These places are blessed and sacred beyond comprehension. These are places to where the hearts of the pious are attached, and to where they yearn to go year after year. These are places where they desire to be buried in and from where they desired to be raised on the Day of Judgement. They are mentioned in the Hadith above: Masjid Al-Haram, Masjid-e-Nabawi and Masjid Al-Aqsa. For those going for Hajj this year they will visit and see amazing places. There, their rewards for pious deeds are multiplied greatly, their prayers are accepted and their hearts are purified.
The Holy Prophet said, “No one supplicates to Allah at the black corner but that Allah answers it for him. It is the same beneath the water spout.”
It is mentioned in another Hadith, “Whoever prays two rakaats behind the
Maqam-e-Ibrahim will be forgiven his past and future actions and will be gathered with those who are safe on the day of resting.”
Hadhrat Ibn Abbas said that he heard the messenger of Allah said, “No one supplicates for a thing in this Multazam of the Masjid (The wall of the Kaa'ba between the door and the Blackstone) but that his supplication is granted.”
Now how fortunate are those people who visit these places and submerge themselves in the blessings and virtues that are there.
About Madina Munawara and Masjid-e-Nabawi the Holy Prophet said, “The prayer in my masjid is better than a thousand prayers in all other masjid, except the Masjid Al-Haram.”
It is also mentioned, “What is between my house and my member is one of the meadows of the Garden.”
Also in Madina Munawara rests the Prophet and visiting his grave is a Sunnah and this is excellent and desirable.
Ibn Umar said that the Holy Prophet said, “My intercession is insured for all those who visit me.” Hadhrat Anas Ibn Malik said that the Messenger of Allah said, “Anyone who visits me in Madina for the sake of Allah is near me and I will intercede for him on the Day of Rising.”
This is the city where revelation would descend, where historical battles took place.
How fortunate are those who are able to visit these places and furthermore how fortunate are those who live there and die there.