Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque | If we see a beautiful place, then it often says that’s ‘Heaven of the World’. But did you know that there is only one place on the face of the earth that deserves to be called heaven in the world.
That’s Raudhah. A place in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina covered by green carpets. It is located between the house of the Prophet Muhammad and the pulpit of the Prophet.
That’s where millions of people shed tears. Surrender. Ask forgiveness and worship Allah Almighty. Because, the prayer in the ‘garden of heaven’ is said to be mustajab.
Not just Raudhah. The Prophet’s Mosque also still holds a number of unique facts. Some parts have ornaments full of meaning. But it’s hard to crack.
- 1 First Electricity in the Arabian Peninsula
- 2 As big as the Old Town, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
- 3 Empty Tomb in the Prophet’s Room
- 4 Engulfed in Flames, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
- 5 Previously Without Dome
- 6 Purple Dome, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
- 7 Fatimah Room
- 8 Three Mihrab, Unique Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
- 9 Full of Secret Signs
First Electricity in the Arabian Peninsula
When the Ottomans introduced electricity in the Arabian Peninsula, the first place to get electric lighting was the Prophet’s Mosque. In fact, the electrical installation in this mosque was installed a few years before the Ottoman ruler’s palace in Istanbul, Turkey, installed electricity.
As big as the Old Town, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
The area of the Prophet’s Mosque currently has an area of 100 times that of the original building. That means the Prophet’s Mosque currently covers almost the entire area of medina’s old city.
This is evident from the funeral of Jannat Al-Baqi who was on the outskirts of the city at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. But the place is now bordered by a mosque.
Empty Tomb in the Prophet’s Room
It has been a legend for a long time that there is an ’empty grave’ next to the tombs of the Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakr, and Umar ibn Khattab.
The existence of this ’empty grave’ has been confirmed to people who had entered to replace the cover in the 1970s. They note there is an empty space.
However, it is uncertain whether the ’empty tomb’ is for Jesus who will come down to earth in the last days –as many believe–or not. This is still a debate.
Engulfed in Flames, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
Much of the old mosque, including the original pulpit of the Prophet Muhammad, was destroyed in a fire that struck several centuries after the Prophet died. The fire was so devastating, it swept away the roof.
The wall of the Prophet’s room collapsed, making the Prophet’s resting place visible for the first time in 600 years.
Previously Without Dome
In the span of 650 years, the Prophet’s Mosque has no dome. However, in 1279, when the Mamluk Dynasty came to power, a dome was built. The green dome we now see is the outer dome above the Prophet’s tomb.
There’s one more dome inside. It is smaller in size with the names of the Prophet, Abu Bakr, and Umar.
Purple Dome, Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
The dome of the Prophet’s Mosque has changed color. And renovations have been done over and over again so as to change its shape and color. It was last done 150 years ago until the dome was in the form of like that is seen now.
Previously, this dome had been painted white. However, in the longest period, the dome has been painted purple, a favorite color of the Arabs and Hijaz.
Stored belongings of the Prophet Muhammad. The items were stored in Fatimah’s room, but were later merged into the Prophet’s room after the mosque expansion project.
When Medina was besieged during World War I, Ottoman commanders had many priceless artifacts. The artifacts were then evacuated to Istanbul by hiding in women’s and children’s clothing.
The objects can now be seen in Topkapi Palace. However, some items are thought to still remain in the room, but are undocumented.
Three Mihrab, Unique Facts of The Prophet’s Mosque
Most mosques only have one mihrab or place of prayer for imams. But the Prophet’s Mosque has three mihrab. The latest mihrab is the one used today for imams leading prayers.
The next mihrab is called Suleymaniye or Mihrab Ahnaf. This mihrab was made on the orders of Sultan Suleyman for Imam Hanafi to lead the prayer.
Next up is the Prophet’s Mihrab. This mihrab is used by Imam Maliki to lead prayers. The Prophet’s mihrab covers the area where the Prophet used to lead prayers.
Full of Secret Signs
The Prophet’s Mosque is decorated with so many subtle and secret signs. Each pillar, each dome, each window, has a story and shows the location of events that carry historical and spiritual significance.
The people who built the Prophet’s Mosque realized that it was impossible to put up signs everywhere because it would distract worshippers who prayed. Therefore, they cleverly put up the signs, through small changes in the design of the surrounding objects.