1. How did the people of Madinah welcome the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم ?
Everybody was excited by the news of his arrival. The people flocked around to greet the Messenger of Allah. A great concourse of people began to fill the streets and the housetops wishing to have a glimpse of Muhammad صلّى الله عليه وسلّمMany of the crowd excitedly cried: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar! The Prophet has come! The Prophet has come! Among the crowd were young girls of al-Ansar who joyfully sang a welcome song in chorus, Tala’al Badru Alaina…
2. How many days did the Messenger of Allah صلّى الله عليه وسلّم spend at Quba?
He spent four days there at Quba.
3. Why did Ali ibn Abi Talib fall late in arriving?
Ali ibn Abi Talib joined late because he had stayed back in Makkah to return the trusts to their rightful owners, those trusts (Amanah) that were left with Muhammad صلّى الله عليه وسلّم
4. Why did the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم choose to stay in the house of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari ر ضي الله عنه ?
As the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم reached Madinah, people were vying each other in inviting the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم to their house. The Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم said, “This camel is commanded by Allâh, wherever it stops, that will be my abode.”
The camel moved onward with slackened rein, reached the site and knelt down. Here, he alighted in a quarter inhabited by Banu Najjar, a tribe related to the Prophet from his maternal side. The fortunate host, Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, stepped forward with unbounded joy for the Divine blessing appropriated to him, welcomed the Noble Guest and solicited him to enter his house.
5. To whom did the plot of ground, on which the Masjidun-Nabwi was later built, belong?
It was a plot of ground that belonged to two orphans, Sahl and Suhail.
6. Describe how the Messenger of Allah صلّى الله عليه وسلّم set about having his mosque built?
Muhammad صلّى الله عليه وسلّم sent for the two orphans and paid them for the ground, which was being used for drying dates, and set about having his mosque built. His companions both from Makkah and Madinah helped and the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم himself took part in the construction work. As he helped he said, “O Allah! True reward is the reward of the next world, so have mercy on the al-Ansar and al-Muhajirah”. The Muslims were delighted. They too sang and thanked Allah.
Write a short note on The Masjidun-Nabwi during the Prophet’s times.
When the Mosque was completed, a living quarter for the Prophet صلّى الله عليه وسلّم was built on one of its sides. The Mosque consisted of a large courtyard whose four walls were built of bricks and mud. A part was covered with a ceiling made of date-trunks and leaves. Another part was set aside to shelter the poor who had no home at all. The Mosque was not lit during the night except for the Salatul Isha.