Pillars of Masjid e Nabawi – The Major Pillars of the Mosque
There are 8 major pillars of Mosque (Masjid e Nabawi) and they have so much worth in the history of Islam. The first pillar is Ustuwaanah Hannanah (the weeping pillar), the second pillar Usutwaanah Sareer, the third pillar Usutwaanah Tawbah, the fourth pillar Usutwaanah Aisha, the fifth pillar Usutwaanah Ali, the sixth pillar Usutwaanah Wufood, the seventh pillar Usutwaanah Jibrael, the eighth pillar Usutwaanah Tahajud. This are the holy pillars which pilgrims used to do a ziyarah.
1. Ustuwaanah Hannanah
This pillar is also known as Ustuwaanah Mukhallaq. This was the pillar where Prophet Muhmmad (peace be upon him) used to offer Salah. So, this is the most important pillar among all others.
2. Usutwaanah Sareer
“Sareer” means a place of sleeping. It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to make i’tikaaf and also used to sleep here while sitting in I’tikaaf. A wood surface used to set here for him to sleep on.
3. Usutwaanah Tawbah
This pillar is known as Ustuwaanah Abu Lubabah. Abu Lubabah (may Allah be pleased with him) was one the most famous Sahaba.
4. Usutwaanah Aisha
The prophet used to say his prayers here and after gone to the place at Ustuwaanah Hannanah. It is also known as Ustuwaanah Qu’rah.
5. Usutwaanah Ali
This is the place where most of the Sahaba used to stay as gate keepers and most of the time Hazrat Ali (RA) ibn Abu Talib used to stay there as a gate keeper. That’s why, it is known as Ustuwaanah Ali.
6. Usutwaanah Wufood
The meaning of the word is “delegations”. Whenever delegations arrived to meet Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) on behalf of the tribe, they were used to seated here during the conversation the Prophet (PBUH).
7. Usutwaanah Jibrael
This was the place where Jibrael (upon be him peace) used to come to meet Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
8. Usutwaanah Tahajud
This was the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to offer Tahajud Prayers for this practice carpets places for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).