7 Intriguing Facts About Al-Masjid an-Nabawi You Never Knew
According to Sahih Bukhari, Book 30, Hadith 112, “There deep in the Mosque of the Prophet (PBUH) (Al-Masjid an-Nabawi ), covered by green carpets and the tears of millions, lies a “garden from the gardens of paradise.” Hence, there is no place on earth that deserves the title of being a Heaven on Earth but Al-Masjid an-Nabawi . Let’s take you through some of the intriguing facts about this sacred mosque that you may never have had heard of.
1 – First Location to be Electrified in Arabia
According to the book titled “The Holy Cities, the Pilgrimage and the World of Islam” by Sultan Ghalib Alkuwaiti, during the Ottoman empire, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi was the first place to be equipped with electricity in the whole of Arabia.
2 – Massively Sized
As compared to its original building, the current mosque is almost 100 times larger. This implies that the current building of the mosque encompasses almost the whole of the old city of Medina.
3 – Destroyed by Fire
A large portion of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi including the Prophet’s (PBUH) pulpit and the buildings’ roof were destroyed in a fire that broke out several centuries ago, according to the book titled “The Holy Cities, the Pilgrimage and the World of Islam” by Sultan Ghalib Alkuwaiti.
4 – Domes of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi
There was no dome over the grave of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for more than 600 years. Now, the green dome that is visible is the outer dome over the room of the Prophet (PBUH). There is an inner dome that is much smaller and has the names of the Prophet (PBUH), Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hazrat Umar (RA) inscribed on the inside.
5 – Dome’s Color
The dome has been through a number of renovations over the years. It was even colored white once. Since the Arabs of Hijaz fancied, purplish color, the dome was even colored purple.
6 – Mihrabs
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi has three mihrabs. One of them is used currently by the Imam to lead prayers. The second one was constructed on the orders of Sultan Sulaiman for the Hanafi Imam to lead prayers. The third one, Prophetic Mihrab, encompasses the area used by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to lead prayers.
7 – Secret Signs
Historical Islamic events and their locations are represented through secret signs on the walls, pillars and windows of the mosque.
Anas (RA) reports that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever performs forty salah in my masjid, not missing one salah in the masjid, for him is granted exemption from the fire of Hell, and exemption from punishment and he shall remain free of hypocrisy.” [Ahmad]