Masjid al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet)

al-Masjid an-Nabawī (Arabic: المسجد النبوي‎), also called the Prophet's Mosque, is a mosque established and originally built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, situated in the city of Medina. al-Masjid an-Nabawi was the second mosque built in the history of Islam and is now one of the largest mosques in the world. The current structure dates back to the early years of 1990s.

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circa 622 CE

Masjid al-Nabawi

Horizon view of the Prophet's Mosque, with the Green Dome far in the background. It is the second-holiest site in Islam, after the Great Mosque in Mecca. It is always open, regardless of date or time. The site was originally adjacent to Muhammad's house; the original mosque was an open-air building and served as a community center, a court, and a school as well.

circa 622 CE

The Green Dome (القبة الخضراء‎) is a green-coloured dome built above al-Masjid an-Nabawi, the tomb of the prophet Muhammad and early Muslim Caliphs, Abu Bakr and Umar. The dome is located in the south-east corner of al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet) in Medina. The structure dates back to 1279 CE, when an unpainted wooden cupola was built over the tomb. The dome was first painted green in 1837, and hence became known as the Green Dome.

circa 622 CE

Riyad ul-Jannah, Masjid al-Nabawi

Riyad ul-Jannah (Garden of Paradise) is at the heart of Masjid al-Nabawi. A general view of the area, with Mihrab-i Nabawi to the far right and Minbar-i Nabawi to the right. It extends from Muhammad's tomb (Rawdah) to his pulpit (minbar). Ridwan (Arabic: رضوان‎ Riḍwān) means "pleased". In Islamic tradition, Ridwan is the name of an angel in charge of maintaining Jannah.

circa 610 CE

The iconic golden grills of Rawdah Rasool, (tomb of prophet Muhammad). The Tomb is located in the south-eastern corner of the Ottoman prayer Hall. The grave of prophet Muhammad it self is not visible from any point outside or inside the current grilled structure. The small cmaber containing the grave of prophet Muhammad and two of his companions (abiBakr and Umar) is a small 10'x12' room again surrounded by at least two more walls and one blanket shroud.

circa 622 CE

Bab as-Salam Minaret, Masjid al-Nabawi

Bab as-Salam Minaret, located over the Bab as-Salam is one of the total ten minarets of Masjid al-Nabawi, it was added by Muhammad ibn Kalavun and was renovated by Mehmed IV in 1307 CE. After the renovation project of 1994, there were ten minarets which were 104 metres (341 ft) high. The minarets' upper, bottom and middle portion are cylindrical, octagonal and square shaped respectively.

circa 622 CE

First courtyard (حصورة الاولى) with colonnade of first Saudi expansion (left), and Ottoman prayer hall to the right with al-Qubah al-Khaḍrā (القبة الخضراء‎), in background. During the expansion of the mosque the extended courtyard to the north of the Ottoman prayer hall were demolised and rebuilt by al-Saud ibn 'Abdulaziz. While the prayer hall where the tomb of the prophet and Riyad ul-Jannah is located dates back to the Ottoman period. The expansion of ibn 'Abdulaziz has two courtyards, shaded with 12 large umbrellas.

circa 800 CE

al-Suffah (الصُّفّة) or Dikkat Al-Aghwat (دكة الأغوات) is a place that was available at the rear side of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Muhammad's Mosque), during the Medina period. Suffah is a rectangular raised platform near Riyad ul-Jannah. This particular location marks the spot where Turk soldiers used to sit under shade while guarding the mosque. It is located near the (north of) Dikkat ul-Tahajjud.

circa 622 CE

Masjid al-Nabawi Library

Maktaba-i Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque Library). Library is located within the western wing of Prophet's Mosque and serves as a modern library and archive of hand written manuscripts and other artefacts. Library has four main sections i.e. the main library, the antique manuscripts hall A and B, the principality exhibition of Masjid al-Nabawi's construction.

circa 622 CE

Bab-i al-Malik Fahad, Masjid al-Haram

King Fahad Gate (Bab al-Malik Fahad) is one of the major gates of Prophet's Mosque (Masjid an-Nabawi), it is situated on the nothern side of the mosque. The gate has five portals allowing entry within the mosque and it is topped with two minarets on both sides. Originally mosque of the prophet had only three small doors on three sides, today the mosque has in excess of two hundred gates, portals and access ways to accommodate the swathes of people.

circa 1991 CE

Foundation Stones of Masjid al-Nabawi's expansions, construction and other works. The prophet's mosque has undergone various rebuilding, construction and expansion projects, one after the other Islamic rulers greatly expanded and decorated it. From a small mud wall building measuring some 30.5 m × 35.62 m (100.1 ft × 116.9 ft) today the area of the mosque spans some 1.7 million square feet and can accommodate 0.6-1 million people at a time.

circa 610 CE

Masjid an-Nabawi's second expansion increased the roof area extensively. It has a flat paved roof topped with 27 sliding domes on square bases. Holes pierced into the base of each dome illuminate the interior. The roof is also used for prayer during peak times, when the domes slide out on metal tracks to shade areas of the roof, creating light wells for the prayer hall. The idea of sliding domes to regulate the internal climate of the mosque was conceived by Kamal Ismael.

circa 610 CE

al-Masjid an-Nabawi Umbrellas are convertible umbrellas erected at the piazza of al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The shade of the umbrella is spread in the four corners, and the area covered by the shade extends to 143,000 square meters. These umbrellas are aimed to protect worshipers from the heat of the sun during prayer, as well as from the risk of slipping and falling in the event of rain.

circa 610 CE

Jannat ul-Baqi or Baqi ul-Gharqad

Modern day view of the Jannat al-Baqi. According to Islamic Tradition, more than ten thousand companions of prophet Muhammad are buried here. Some of the graves are that of Fatima bint-i Muhammad, Imam Hassan ibn-i 'Ali, Zain ul-'Abideen, Imam Baqir, Imam Jaffar Sadiq. Many traditions relate Muhammad issuing a prayer every time he passed it.


Points of Interest


Green Dome · Silver Dome · Smaller Domes

Bab as Salam · Bab e abi-Bakr al-Siddiqe · Bab ur-Rahmah · Bab al Hijrah · Bab e Quba · King Saud Gate · Bab al-Aqiq · Bab Sultan 'Abdul Majeed · Bab e Umar ibn al-Khattab · Badr Gate · Bab Malik al-Fahad · Bab Uhud · Bab Uthman ibn Affan · Bab 'Ali ibn abi Talib · Bab Abuzr Ghiffari · Bab Malik 'Abdulaziz · Bab Makkah · Bab e Bilal Habashi · Bab e Nisa · Bab e Jibraeel · Bab al Baqi · Gate of Imams

Bab us-Salam Minaret · Minaret of Qaitabey


Ottoman Prayer Hall · al-Saud Expansion · Malik Fahad Expansion ·


Muazzin's platform (Mukabariyya) · Library · Multimedia · Fundation Stones · Antique Manuscripts Hall · Riyad ul-Jannah · Jannat ul-Baqi · Masjid Nabawi Piazza

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