Malik Fahad Expansion of Masjid Nabawi

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Fahad bin Abdulaziz Expansion (توسعة الملك فهد بن عبدالعزيز) was the second and the largest expansion project of the Masjid an-Nabawi. It was launched in 1985 CE (1405 Hijri), commissioned by the Saudi king Fahad bin 'Abdulaziz.

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Overview

King Fahd laid the foundation stone for the third Saudi expansion (identify) of the Mosque in the Holy City of Makkah, and so began the latest, and most spectacular, phase in its recent development. In his role as Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd’s attention to the needs of the Holy Places has been unfaltering, and most obviously manifested in a multi-billion dollar program of modernization to make the places of pilgrimage more accessible to ever greater numbers.

The foundation stone was laid down on Nov 2, 1984 CE (9 Ṣafar 1405 Hijri) by the Khadim Haramain Sharifain. The expansion was to be completed within six years. The use of very high-end construction material, advanced machinery and architectural techniques were to be employed. The intention was to provide a central space for the citizens, pilgrim and the worshippers where best of the facilities and services were to be provided. For this purpose a master plan was prepared and the entire area of the city of Medina at the time of Prophet Muhammad was included in the periphery of the current project.

Notable Architectural Element

circa 1988 CE
(1410 Hijri)

King Fahad Gate

Malik Fahad Gate
The Malik Fahad Gate is the main penta-arched entrance with, gate no. 20 is the right tall single arched gate and gate no. 21 is the left tall single arched gate. King Fahad Gate is comprised of three sections (five smaller gates), one single arched gate (gate no. 22) on the eastern flank of the main penta-arched gate (gate no. 21) and one single arched gate (gate no. 21) on the western flank. Bab Malik al-Fahad is one of the seven largest gates of Masjid al-Nabawi.

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King Fahad Gate

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