The cemetery in 2008
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Jannat al-Baqi‘ (Arabic: جنة البقيع, translit. Jannat al-Baqī‘, lit. 'Garden of Baqi') 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 used to live, and is currently buried. It is also known as Baqi al-Gharqad, which means "Baqi of the Boxthorn".
The cemetery holds much significance. It contains many of Muhammad's relatives and companions. Many traditions relate Muhammad issuing a prayer every time he passed it. A Jewish graveyard was once located behind Jannat al-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.
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When Muhammad arrived at Medina from Mecca in September 622, al-Baqi was a land covered with Lycium shawii boxthorn trees.
During the construction of the al-Masjid al-Nabawi, on the site he purchased from two orphan children when he arrived after his migration from Mecca to Medina, Asa'ad Bin Zararah, one of Muhammad's companions died. Muhammad chose the spot to be a cemetery and Asa'ad was the first individual to be buried in al-Baqi among the Ansar.
Earlier Caliph Uthman ibn Affan was buried in the huge neighbouring Jewish grave yard. The first enlargement of al-Baqi in history was made by Muawiyah I, the first Umayyad Caliph. In order to honour Uthman ibn Affan, Muawiyah included the huge Jewish graveyard into al-Baqi cemetery. The Umayyad Caliphate built the first dome in al-Baqi over his grave. During different times of history, many domes and structures were built or rebuilt over many famous graves in al-Baqi.
In April 1926, Wahhabi forces destroyed the cemeteries of al-Baqi in Medina (see Demolition of al-Baqi) and al-Mu'alla in Mecca, due to the belief that revering these shrines may lead to idolatry. The destruction of the tombs of Muhammad's relatives and companions there, led to strong criticism from the Islamic community. Shiites still mourn the 21 April 1926 demolitions as the Day of Sorrow, and have called for the cemetery's reconstruction.
Kin of Muhammad
- Halimah the foster-mother and nurse of Muhammad.
- All of the wives of Muhammad, except Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, who is buried in Jannatul Mualla in Mecca
- Ibrahim, Muhammad's son by Maria al-Qibtiyya, died in infancy
- Roqayyah, Umm Kulthum and Zainab daughters of Muhammad and Khadijah
- Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad is purportedly buried there, though the location of her grave is disputed.
- Fatima bint al-Asad, aunt of Muhammad and mother of Caliph and Imam Ali.
- ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, uncle of Muhammad.
- Umm ul-Banin, who married Caliph Ali after the death of Fatimah and Safiyyah, Atika aunts of Muhammad.
- Imam Hasan ibn Ali, grandson of Muhammad, son of Fatimah and Imam Ali.
- Imam Zayn al-Abidin, grandson of Fatima Zahra who is the only adult male that survived the Battle of Karbala because he was sick and could not fight.
- Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, son of ‘Alī ibn Ḥusayn.
- Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, son of Muhammad al-Baqir.
- Abdullah son of Jaffar e Tayyar, who was husband of Zainab, daughter of Ali and nephew of Ali and father of Aun and Muhammad (martyrs of Karbala).
- Aqeel ibn Abi Talib; the elder brother of Ali.
- Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad and third Sunni Caliph. Uthman ibn Affan was at first buried in a Jewish graveyard behind Al-Baqi', but later Muawiyah I extended Al-Baqi' to include Uthman.
- Uthman Bin Mazoun, companion of Muhammad
- Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri
- Malik ibn Anas, Islamic jurist
- Nafi‘ al-Madani, one of Ten Readers of Quran
Other notable figures (unknown location)
- Mohammad Hayya Al-Sindhi, scholar
- Imam Shamil, Muslim leader and freedom fighter from the Caucuses
- Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, scholar
- Idris of Libya, King of Libya
- Hasan as-Senussi, Crown Prince of Libya
- Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalawi, Author of Fazael-e-A'maal
- Abdülmecid II, The Last Ottoman Caliph
Panorama showing a part of the Baqi Cemetery. Qibla is behind the photographer.
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- Map of Jannat al-Baqi
- History of the Cemetery of Jannat al-Baqi
- The Baqi Collection Photos
- Map of Jannat al-Baqi according to Sunni Muslim sources