What is Jannat al-Baqi and why is it significant to Muslims?
Jannat Al-Baqi, located in Medina, is the burial place of several prominent figures in Islamic history, including Imam Hasan Ibn Ali (2nd Imam), Imam Ali Ibn Al-Hussain (4th Imam), Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali (5th Imam), and Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad (6th Imam), peace be upon them. It is also known as “Jannat Al-Baqi” due to its sanctity, as many of Prophet Muhammad’s (saww) relatives and companions are buried there.
The first companion to be buried in Al-Baqi was Uthman Ibn Madhoon, who died in the 3rd year of Hijrah. The Prophet Muhammad (saww) ordered trees to be felled, and Uthman Ibn Madhoon was buried there with two stones placed over his grave. Later, the Holy Prophet’s son Ibrahim, who died in infancy, was also buried in Al-Baqi. The people of Medina then began to use the site for the burial of their own deceased, as the Prophet Muhammad (saww) used to greet those buried in Al-Baqi by saying, “Peace be upon you, O abode of the faithful! God willing, we should soon join you. O’ Allah, forgive the fellows of Al-Baqi.”
Over time, the burial ground at Al-Baqi was expanded, and nearly seven thousand companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) were buried there, as well as members of the Ahlul Bayt (the family of the Holy Prophet).
Honouring Jannat al-Baqi
Honouring the sacred site of Jannat al-Baqi with a donation is not just a charitable act but a profound expression of love and reverence for our Prophet Muhammad (saww) and his family. It is a way to show solidarity with the history and legacy of Islam and to ensure that the memory of our Holy Prophet’s companions and family members who are buried there remains alive in our hearts and minds.
In the face of any devastation, we can always find an opportunity to take action and make a meaningful difference. By donating to The Zahra(s) Trust Canada’s initiative to construct houses in honour of Jannat al-Baqi, we can help displaced families in Yemen and Pakistan and ensure that they have a safe and secure place to call home.
Through The Zahra(s) Trust Canada’s Yemen Housing Project, we can provide houses for internally displaced Yemenis who are living below the poverty line and are in urgent need of shelter. Many families are currently living in primitive homes, such as huts made of straw or baked bricks, exposing them to various dangers, including disease and extreme weather conditions. By contributing to this project, we can offer a lifeline to these vulnerable families, providing them with a sense of security and stability in the midst of conflict.
Similarly, through The Zahra(s) Trust Canada’s efforts to construct homes for families affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, we can help those who have lost everything due to natural disasters. Countless homes have been damaged or destroyed, leaving families exposed to new risks and vulnerabilities. By supporting this initiative, we can provide families in Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan with suitable housing, empowering them with ownership and a brighter future for their children.
Donating to this cause is not just a one-time act of charity, but a Sadaqah Jariyah, a continuous form of charity that will have a lasting impact. It is a way to keep the memory of Jannat al-Baqi alive and to honour the legacy of our Prophet Muhammad (s) and his family. It is a way to stand in solidarity with those who have been displaced and affected by conflict and natural disasters and to make a positive difference in their lives.
Let us come together as a community to honour the sacred site of Jannat al-Baqi by supporting this noble initiative. Let us show our love and reverence for our Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) and his Ahlul Bayt (a.s) through our actions and make a meaningful contribution to those in need.
Donate now and be a part of a legacy that will continue to benefit generations to come.
May Allah bless your efforts and reward you abundantly for your generosity.