The Baqi’ Cemetery is the most noteworthy graveyard in Madina. Buried within it are many of Ahl al-Bayt, like the Prophet’s wives and children (Allah be pleased with them); thousands of Companions (Allah be pleased with them); and scholars like Imam Malik (Allah be pleased with them).
Some Notable Companions and Scholars:
- Halimah the milk-mother and nurse of the Prophet ﷺ
- All of the wives of the Prophet ﷺ, except Sayyidatuna Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, who is buried in Jannatul Mualla in Makkah
- Ibrahim, the Prophet’s son ﷺ
- Roqayyah, Umm Kulthum and Zainab daughters of the Prophet ﷺ and Sayyidatuna Khadijah
- Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet ﷺ
- Fatima bint al-Asad, aunt of the Prophet ﷺ and mother of Ali
- ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, uncle of the Prophet ﷺ
- Uthman ibn Affan, the third Caliph
- Imam Malik ibn Anas, Islamic jurist
- Imam Nafi‘ al-Madani, one of Ten Readers of Quran
The Prophet ﷺ would often rise in the last part of the night, and slip out in the darkness, leaving his wife and home, to go visit the people of al-Baqi’ and make supplication specifically for them.
‘Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that whenever it was her turn for Allah’s Messenger ﷺ to spend the night with her, he would go out towards the end of the night to al-Baqi’ and say: “Peace be upon you, abode of a people who are believers! What you were promised will come to pass tomorrow at a fixed time; and God willing we shall join you. Oh Allah, grant forgiveness to the inhabitants of Baqi’ al-Gharqad!” (Muslim)