logo
Login
search menu
0 articles found for
Related Tags
Home News 10 things you need to know about the Prophet's (PBUH) Mosque

10 things you need to know about the Prophet's (PBUH) Mosque

Omam Khalid  .  Wednesday August 16, 2017
 . Knowledge
“…A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in. Within it are men who love to purify themselves; and Allah loves those who purify themselves” (Quran 9:108).

This verse from the Holy Quran is a testament to the importance of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque for all believers. It is the second largest and second most important mosque after Masjid-al Haram and is commonly known as Masjid an-Nabwi.

There are many facts about this revered building that you may still be unfamiliar with. The 10 things that you need to know about this mosque are:

1. Qaswa decided the place for the mosque

The mosque of the Prophet (PBUH) was built in the year 622 upon his arrival in Medina. Prophet (PBUH) was riding on the camel Qaswa and he let his camel decide the location of his humble abode. The prominent personalities of Medina wanted the Prophet (PBUH) to stay with them but he refused them saying:

“[This camel] is commanded by Allah; wherever it stops, that will be my home.”

When Qaswa stopped at the spot where the masjid now stands, the Prophet (PBUH) inquired who owned the land and purchased it from the owners Sahal and Suhail and made arrangements for himself.

2. The old city is smaller than the mosque

The size of the mosque has grown considerably: the current size is more than 100 times of the original building. This makes the current mosque cover the whole area of the city of Medina from the olden times. The evidence for which can be seen in the fact that Jannat Al-Baqi used to lie in the outskirts of the city during the Prophet’s (PBUH) time, however now it lies on the borders of the current mosque area.

3. There's an empty grave in the Prophet's room

There has been a legend surrounding the mosque that there is an empty grave next to the graves of Prophet (PBUH), Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA). This legend was confirmed in the 1970’s when the covering of the hujrah was changed.

A contestable theory is that this grave is meant for Isa (AS) but there is no consensus on why there is an empty grave in the mosque.

4. The mosque caught fire once

Centuries after the death of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the majority of the old mosque including the mimbar (from where the Prophet addressed his people) was destroyed in a fire. The fire was so intense that the roof, as well as some walls, collapsed, revealing Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) resting place for the first time in years.

5. No dome, then two

There was no dome over the Prophet’s (PBUH) grave for more than 650 years after his death. The first dome was wooden, built by a Mamluk Sultan in 1279. The dome that is visible to us is actually the outer dome; there is another much smaller dome inside with the name of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA) inscribed on the inside.

You may also like: 10 things you need to know about the Ka'bah

6. The color of the dome was not always green

The dome has changed color many times due to renovations before it reached its current green form some 150 years ago: it used to be white and then turned purple and stayed that way for a long time.

7. It has three Mihrabs

Mosques around the world usually have one mihrab but the Prophet’s (PBUH) mosque has three. Imams use the current Mihrab for leading prayers. The other mihrab is set back and is called the Ahnaf mihrab: it was made on the orders of the Sultan Solomon for the Hanafi Imam to lead prayers from. The Maliki Imam lead prayers from the Prophetic mihrab.

8. The room of Fatima (RA)

The belongings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) were either housed in his own room or the room of Fatima (RA) which was incorporated in the Prophet’s (PBUH) room after expansion. During World War 1, the Ottoman commander evacuated many artifacts to Istanbul and many can be found in the Topkapi Palace today but several items are still undocumented.

9. The mosque has many signs

The mosque is full of signs for those who believe: each pillar, dome, and the window has a story and is of great historical and spiritual significance. Changes in the design of the surrounding objects are known to be an indication of the important parts of the mosque – the signs aren’t labeled so as to not distract from the main purpose of the mosque.

10. Prayers are never rejected in Riad ul Jannah

There is a small yet special area in the heart of the mosque known as Riad ul Jannah (Gardens of Paradise) extending from the Prophet’s (PBUH) tomb to his pulpit (mimbar). According to a tradition, the supplications and prayers uttered in this particular spot are never rejected which is why pilgrims often attempt to visit the confines of this area.

The Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque was more than a mosque: it was a center for learning, a scene for many trials and triumphs of the Muslim nation and was a safe haven for the homeless. Its significance in Muslim history is irreplaceable.

Recent articles
4 proven ways to counter peer pressure
Usman Afzal  .  July 12, 2024
READ MORE
6 Quran-based practices to find peace and hope
Usman Afzal  .  July 05, 2024
READ MORE
Shopping for Modest Fashion is now easier than ever
IslamicFinder  .  December 12, 2023
READ MORE
The hidden secrets of Quran
IslamicFinder  .  May 26, 2023
READ MORE
Categories
Similar reads
4 proven ways to counter peer pressure
Usman Afzal  .  July 12, 2024

Athan Academy is excited to present one of its most popular courses "How to raise your children in the Western world?" This course is designed to empower teens and their parents, aiding them in understanding and overcoming their daily challenges. This transformative experience aims to strengthen the identity, faith, and confidence of Muslim teenagers through practical solutions to real life problems.

6 Quran-based practices to find peace and hope
Usman Afzal  .  July 05, 2024

Athan Academy proudly presents its one of the most popular courses "Your Heart on Hope". This course teaches you 6 Quran-based practices that you can apply to your lives right now to navigate through life’s challenges. It explores the themes of reassurance, peace, and hope in Surah Ad Dhuha in detail.

Transform your Quran recitation in 12 weeks
Usman Afzal  .  May 31, 2024

Athan Academy is excited to announce the start of its new Quran classes from June 7, 2024. This 12 week course will build your Tajweed and Arabic pronunciation skills from the basics and prepare you completely to recite Quran independently. The best part of this course is that you can send your Quran recitation to your teacher and get personal feedback within a few hours!

The hidden secrets of Quran
IslamicFinder  .  May 26, 2023

The Quran, written centuries ago, contains profound hints at future discoveries. It includes scientific facts that surpass the knowledge of anyone who lived in the 7th century. This serves as compelling evidence of the divine nature of the Quran.

World’s Largest islamic Newsletter
Join the community of 1.8 Million Muslims and receive our newsletter everyweek.
IslamicFinder © 2024. All rights reserved.