Masjid-e-Nabvi: Visting - An obligation or a sunnah

Q375 :When one goes to Madina, is it obligatory that he stays for eight days and offers forty obligatory prayers at the Prophet's Mosque?

A375 : Visiting the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah is a sunnah, i.e. recommended. It is neither obligatory not part of the duties of pilgrimage. There is no time restriction attached to such a visit to the Prophet's Mosque. It can be done over a very short period and it can be a very long visit. This depends on personal circumstances. What we know is that a prayer offered in the Prophet's Mosque is rewarded as one thousand prayers elsewhere, with the exception of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Therefore, to offer forty obligatory prayers in the Prophet's Mosque earns handsome reward. But to offer more earns more reward. Having said that, I would like to reiterate that a short visit is perfectly valid and well rewarded. You can go to Madinah by plane in the morning, offer the Zuhr and Asr prayers and come back later in the day to complete a highly rewarding sunnah. If your circumstances allow you to stay longer, well and good.

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