Why is the prophet’s tomb the holiest place on earth, even holier than the kaaba, according to the consensus of the ulama?
From Shari’ah point of view it is Holy Mosque (in Mecca) that is holier.
Imam Nawawi quotes the hadith of “abd Allah al-Zubayr whereby the Prophet (S) said:
“One prayer in this mosque of mine is better than a thousand prayers in any other except the Holy Mosque (in Mecca), and one prayer in the Holy Mosque (in Mecca) is better than one hundred prayers in my mosque.”
Nawawi said: “A fair hadith (hadith hasan), narrated by Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his Musnad, Bayhaqi, and others with a fair chain, and Allah knows best.” End of Nawawi’s words.
Imam Senad Agic
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago