9 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE PROPHET’S MOSQUE

Seeing a scene of impeccable elegance, we often listen to the term “Paradise in the world!” Yet there is just one location that actually has the right to declare itself therefore. There, deep in the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and also true blessings of Allāh be upon him) (Mosque Nabawi), covered by green carpets and the splits of millions, exists a “yard from the gardens of paradise.” [1] It is a place understood to every Muslim who has actually ever lived, yet there’s still much we do not know about it. Here are just a few of the interesting facts as well as secrets of the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility as well as blessings of Allāh be upon him) Mosque:

The top place in the Arabian Peninsula to have electrical power

When the Ottomans presented power to the Arabian Peninsula, the first place to be lit up was the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace as well as true blessings of Allāh be upon him). [2] By some accounts, it would certainly be a couple of more years prior to the Sultan himself had full power in his own royal residence in Istanbul. [3]

The current mosque is larger than the old city

The current mosque is more than 100 times the dimension of the initial structure. [4] [5] This suggests that the current mosque covers almost the whole location of the old city itself. [6] [7] This appears from the reality that whereas Jannat Al-Baqi cemetery was on the borders of the city during the time of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and also blessings of Allāh be upon him), [8] it currently surrounds the districts of the present mosque grounds.

There’s a vacant grave in the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and true blessings of Allāh be upon him) area

It has actually long been the stuff of legend that there is an “empty grave” alongside where the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (might Allāh be pleased with him) and also Umar raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (might Allāh be pleased with him) are hidden. [9] [10] [11] This was confirmed, nonetheless, when the individuals who went in to change the treatments in the hujrah * in the 1970s kept in mind the presence of an empty space. [12] Whether it is implied for Isa ‘alayhi’ l-salām (peace be upon him) when he returns is a matter of debate. [13]

  • Keep in mind from author: What is meant by “hujrah” in this situation is not the real burial chamber/ initial space of Aisha (Ra.) This is enclosed in a pentagonal structure without doors or windows and has actually not shown up for centuries. The location suggested is the whole grilled area incorporating the chamber as well as location of other areas.

It was destroyed by fire

The majority of the old mosque, consisting of the initial mimbar of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and blessings of Allāh be upon him), was destroyed in a fire that swept via the mosque centuries after the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility as well as true blessings of Allāh be upon him) died. The fire was so comprehensive that the roof covering and also several of the wall surfaces of the space of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and also blessings of Allāh be upon him) fell down, revealing his relaxing location for the very first time in 600 years. [14]

There was no dome previously, now there are two!

For greater than 650 years after the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace as well as true blessings of Allāh be upon him) passed away, there was no dome over his ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and also blessings of Allāh be upon him) tomb. [15] The very first one was constructed in 1279 by a Mamluk sultan and was constructed from wood. [16] The green dome that we see today is in fact the external dome over the room of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and true blessings of Allāh be upon him). There is an inner dome that is much smaller sized and has the name of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (might Allāh be pleased with him) and Umar raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) engraved on the inside. [17]

The dome made use of to be purple!

Yup– purple. It turns out that the dome has actually been through numerous colors as well as improvements prior to it reached its current form and also colour concerning 150 years earlier. [18] At one factor it utilized to be white and also for the lengthiest duration it was a purple-blue colour that the Arabs of Hijaz were particularly fond of. [19] [20]

It has 3 mihrabs

Most mosques just have one mihrab, however the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and true blessings of Allāh be upon him) mosque has three. The existing mihrab is the one used nowadays for the imam to lead petitions. The next mihrab is set back as well as is called the Suleymaniye or Ahnaf mihrab. [21] It was made on the orders of the Sultan Suleyman the stunning for the Hanafi Imam to lead prayers whilst the Maliki Imam lead petitions from the Prophetic mihrab. The Pythonic mihrab completely covers the area that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to lead petitions from except where he positioned his feet. [22]

What lies in the room of Fatima raḍyAllāhu ‘anha (may Allāh be pleased with her)?

Items belonging to the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (tranquility and also blessings of Allāh be upon him) were housed in his room or the space of Fatima raḍyAllāhu ‘anha (might Allāh be pleased with her) which was included right into his space after a major expansion. [23] When Medina was under siege during World war, the Footrest commander had lots of invaluable artefacts left to Istanbul, concealed in the clothes of females and also kids. [24] [25] They can now be seen in the Topkapi Royal residence. However, intriguingly, some products still remain however are undocumented. [26]

It contains secret indications

Yes, the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is covered with numerous subtle indicators as well as tricks that it makes the DaVinci Code resemble a low-cost puzzle for pre-schoolers. Each pillar, each dome, each home window brings a story as well as indicates the area of occasions that carry historic and spiritual importance. Individuals that constructed the Prophet’s Mosque realized that it would be impossible to put up indications all over as it would sidetrack from the main function of prayers. As a result, they thought of an ingenious way of showing a place of value with small changes in the layout of surrounding things. What are the keys? Well, that is a story for another day inshaAllah sholat.

The mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and true blessings of Allāh be upon him) was never just a mosque. It was the facility of the very first Islamic neighborhood and country. It was the scene of our best accomplishments and also disasters. It was a community center, homeless sanctuary, university as well as mosque all rolled into one .

Like the Muslim community, it has actually grown throughout the years as well as become much more modern-day with each passing generation. But despite the exponential growth as well as modifications from the straightforward Hijazi day hand trunk interior to the marble as well as gold clad framework we have today– the inner core continues to be the exact same. Perhaps there’s a lesson in there for us all.

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