The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, died in Medina on June 8th 632 AD from a high-fever. Muhammad fell ill, suffering from head pains and a high fever and eventually succumbed to this illness, dying in his wife, Aisha’s, arms. He instructed his wife to donate his last Earthly goods, a mere seven coins, to the poor and uttered the final quote:
“Rather, God on High Praise and Paradise” – Quote of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him.
Following Islamic tradition, Muhammad was buried on the same day he died in a simple, unmarked grave. The Prophet Muhammad died in Aisha’s house in Medina, where he was then buried. A mosque was erected over this place, the Mosque of the Prophet, which would eventually be capped with a green dome. While the Mosque and Muhammad’s tomb were erected to honor the Prophet Muhammad, Islam generally forbids the worshiping of anything but the one true God and thus followers of Islam should not worship Muhammad’s grave.
Muhammad, peace be upon him, had died at the age of 62, an old age during the life and times of the Prophet Mohammad. Over the span of his life Muhammad achieve a great many things and laid the foundation for what is now the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion.
Several of Muhammad’s closet followers and also the first two Caliphates, are buried in tombs next to Muhammad’s tomb. There is also an empty casket that is meant to hold Jesus Christ after he returns to Earth. This site is now contained within the Mosque of the Prophet in order to ensure that no damage is done to it.
The status of Muhammad’s tomb has been a source of controversy in the Islamic world. When bin Saud took control of Medina in 1805 he ordered that all of the gold and ornaments be taken off of the grave site. This was not due to typical “pillaging” but because bin Saud actually felt that such an attempt to “honor” to the Prophet goes against the teachings of Islam. In 1925 conservative militias again took control of Medina and razed many of the tombs but after much debate elected not to raze Muhammad’s tomb.
Pilgrims still visit the tomb of Muhammad, which is often frowned upon by conservative Muslims. A Muslim should always worship the one true God and no one or nothing else. Thus Muslims should not worship the Prophet Muhammad himself, or his grave site but only the one true God.
During the last years of his life the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, helped build a large Muslim community that would come to dominate the Middle East. His death, however, caused a rift and in-fighting among various Muslim groups. The most contentious issue was over who should lead the Islamic community following the Prophet’s death and would eventually result in the split between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam.
Regardless, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, led a long and full life, contributing to the world as a whole and spreading the word of the one, true God.