Jannah Al Ma’alla (جنة المعلى)
Al Ma’alla graveyard in Makkah is in vicinity of Masjidul Haram blessed with graves of many companions of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and many other righteous followers. This ancient time cemetery is the main one in Makkah till in use.
It is located to the left side of road leading from Marwah gate of Masjidul Haram towards ‘Hayy al Muabda’. The entrance to the Ma’alla is almost one KM away from Marwah and one could reach there after passing two historical Mosques ‘Masjid al Rayyah’ and ‘Masjid al Jinn’.
Due to increase in number of deaths nowadays the graveyard is built as multiple layers. That is by constructing walls and filling soil above closed graves. New graves are thus dug in this fresh soil. But some prominent graves are still kept intact without closing for upper layers.
There is a road over bridge passing right across the graveyard. From top of this road Qabar (grave) of Sayyidah Khadeejatul Kubra (رضي الله عنها), first wife of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is clearly visible. Many people who posses very special love towards this doubtlessly great lady are seen offering salam (salutation) to her with tears flowing from their eyes.
Other prominent Qabars are
1. Qasim ibn Muhammad (رضي الله عنه) eldest son of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) who died in childhood
2. Asmaa binth Aboobacker (رضي الله عنها), daughter of first Caliph Aboobacker al Siddique (رضي الله عنه) and elder sister of Ayisha (رضي الله عنها)
3. Abdullah ibn Zubair (رضي الله عنه) son of Asmaa (رضي الله عنها) and Zubair bin Awwam (رضي الله عنه) who was killed by cruel ruler Hajjaj bin Yousuf.
4. Sumayya Ummu Ammar bin Yasser (رضي الله عنها), first from Muslims sacrificed who was brutally tortured and killed by Abu Jahl in presence of her husband Yasser (رضي الله عنه) and son Ammar (رضي الله عنه)
5. Abdullah ibn Amr bin Aas (رضي الله عنه)
Great personalities buried there in recent times are Sayyid Muhammad Alawi Maliki (رحمة الله عليه) a famous scholar of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaa of recent times lived in Makkah and Muhammad Abdu Yamani (رحمة الله عليه) another great scholar died in November 2010.
People gather in groups to visit the past great personalities buried there offering them salam and praying for them. Many scholars assemble near Qabar of Khadeejathul Kubra (رضي الله عنها) after ‘Asr’ prayers on every Wednesday to recite verses from Quran and gift the thawab (reward) to those who are buried there. This is told by one of my friend staying in Makkah. Due to my busy schedule I missed that assembly last time while I was there.
السلام عليكم يا اهل المعلى و إنَا ان شاء الله بكم لاحقون