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11 THINGS THAT YOU DIDN’T KNEW ABOUT MASJID NABWI

"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 is a testament to the importance of Holy Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Mosque. It is the second most important Mosque after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. It is the second mosque built in the history of Islam. It was an open-air building made from only palm trunks, beaten clay and beaten palm leaves. It served as the center for religious matters, a court and a community center as well.

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. The old city is smaller than the Masjid

The size of the original Masjid was very small as compared to the current building. The size of the Masjid has grown considerably and is 100 times larger than the original building. From this, we may understand that the entire city in olden times was of the current size of the Masjid. The evidence for this lies in the fact that Jannat Al-Baqi used to lie on the outskirts of the city during prophets time but now it lies at the border of the Masjid.

2. Qaswa decided the place for the mosque

Qaswa was the camel of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). This Masjid was built in year 622 upon the arrival of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Medina. He let his camel decide for the location of the Masjid. 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.

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

There was a legend that an empty grave lies inside the Masjid and this legend was confirmed in 1970’s when the covering of Hujrah was changed. There indeed is an empty grave that lies next to the graves of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him), Abu Bakar Siddique (Radi allahu anhu) and Umar Ibn al-Khattab (Radi allahu anhu).

However, there is no consensus as to why this grave is empty.

Some scholars suggest that it is meant for Prophet Isa (alaihisalam) but there is no proof for it. And Allah knows best.

4. No dome, then two

Initially, there was no dome over the grave of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) grave. However after 650 years i.e. in 1297, Sultan Mamluk built a dome over it. It was wooden. The dome that we see is the outer dome, there is much smaller dome inside with the name of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr (radi allahu anhu) and Umar (radi allahu anhu) written on it.

5. The color of the dome was not always green

The dome was not always of green color. The color changed over time due to renovations before it reached to its current color i.e. green. It used to be white, then purple and then green.

6. The Masjid caught fire once

It is reported that centuries after the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the majority of the Masjid area was destroyed by a fire, including the mimbar (from where the Prophet addressed his people), roof and some walls, revealing the resting place of Prophet (peace be upon him) for the first time in years. 7. It has three Mihrabs

The Masaajid around the world have only one Mihrab, nut the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Masjid has 3 Mihrabs for leading prayer.

8. The room of Fatima (RA)

The belongings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were housed either in his own room or in the room of his daughter Faatima (radi allahu anha). It was incorporated into his room after the 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 Masjid has many signs

Each and every part of the Masjid is a sign for those who believe. Each part has a story and importance. Be it a pillar, dome, window, everything is historically as well as spiritually important.

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.

11. Dajjal won’t be able to enter it.

 Imaam Ahmad (no. 22572) narrated that Junaadah ibn Umayyah al-Azdi said: “I came to a man from among the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said to him, ‘Tell me a hadeeth that you heard from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about the Dajjaal.’ He mentioned the hadeeth, and said, ‘He will stay among you for forty days, during which he will go to every place (on the earth) apart from four mosques: Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah), the mosque of Madeenah, the (mosque of) Sinai and Masjid al-Aqsaa.’”

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