Madinah is often referred to as Madinatul Munawwarah or ‘the City of Light’, Madinatun Nabi or ‘the City of the Prophet’,Madinatun Noor or ‘the City of Light’, or Tayba/Taba meaning ‘pure, pleasant’.
The name Taba is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an [59:9] and the name Tayba is mentioned in several Hadith.
Sayyidina Abu Humaid (RadiAllahu Anhu) narrates that upon approaching Madinah from Tabuk, the Beloved Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) said, “This isTaba.” [Bukhari, Book 30, Hadith no. 96]
The Beloved Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) said, “They call it Yathrib but it is Madinah.” [Bukhari, Book 1, Hadith no. 252]
It is not permissible and is forbidden to call Madinah by the name of Yathrib. This is a sin and a major disrespect to the sacred City.
This view is supported by Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (Alaihi Al rehma), who also quotes a Hadith from Imam Ahmad’s (Alaihi Al Rehma) Musnad [Vol. 4, page 285] in which the Beloved Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) said,“Whoever calls Madinah Yathrib, it is necessary for him to repent. Madinah is Tayba, Madinah is Tayba.”
Tayba and Taba both are derived from one root word; Tayb, meaning pure and pleasant. Madinah was named as such for its pleasantness, and for the fact that a beautiful fragrance is found in its sacred air which is not found elsewhere.
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Hey TayBae! This is my little sister Ashlyn ( @polaroidswiftfrom1989) shes been to 7 of your shows, and sadly the Columbus night 2 show on September 18th is her last one for this tour. Ashlyn loves you so so much, and has stood by your side since she first saw you at the Fearless tour. She was denied to be my guest for the secret sessions and as heartbroken as she was, we know it just wasn’t her time to meet you.
Nothing would make us happier than to be able to see a photo of you guys together. We love you SO much, and we’ll see you September 18th.
All the love,
Amanda & Ashlyn <3
P.S She’s more active on Instagram, her username is ashlynlovestaylor :)