Saudi Arabia is planning to move Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam’s tomb (Roza-E-Anwar) to Jannat Al-Baqi.
One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.
This news was published in the daily British newspaper “The Independent” on 2nd September 2014.
The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in Medina, where the body(Jism-E-Athar) of the Prophet is housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam’s second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the masjid is Saudi Arabia’s ageing monarch King Abdullah.
The Independent has previously revealed how the multibillion-pound expansion of the Grand Masjid has, according to the Washington-based Gulf Institute, led to the destruction of up to 95 percent of Mecca’s millennium-old buildings. They have been replaced with luxury hotels, apartments and shopping malls.
The 61 pages document also calls for the removal of Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam’s body (Jism-E-Athar) to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery, where they would be interred anonymously.
The document also calls for the Green Dome, which covers the tomb and these living quarters, to be removed, and the ultimate removal of the Prophet’s body(Jism-E-Athar) to a nearby cemetery.
The al-Baqi cemetery already contains the bodies of many of the Prophet’s family, including his father who was removed there in the 1970s, Dr Irfan Alawi (Director Of The Islamic Heritage Research Foundation) said. In 1924 all the grave markers were removed, so pilgrims would not know who was buried there, and so be unable to pray to them.
Dr. Alwi Said,
“I’m sure there will be shock across the Muslim world at these revelations. It will cause outrage.”