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Jannatul Baqi


Maqbaratul Baqī'   is a cemetery in Medina, present-day Saudi Arabia, located to the southeast of the Masjid al-Nabawi (The Prophet's Mosque). The mosque is built where the Islamic prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to live, and is currently buried. The cemetery is also known as Jannatul Baqi, meaning "The Garden of Baqi" and Baqiul Qarqad, which means "Baqi of the Boxthorn". However, none of its former greenery has been left, as the cemetery was made desolate by Wahabi demolitions. The cemetery holds much significance. It contains many of Muhammad's (PBUH) relatives and companions. Many traditions relate Muhammad (PBUH) issuing a prayer every time he passed it. A Jewish graveyard was once located behind Jannatul Baqi. The Umayyad rulers took down the wall of the Jewish cemetery and widened the Muslim graveyard to enclose the tomb of Caliph Uthman ibn Affan within it.[1]

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