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.

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circa 350 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 350 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 350 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 350 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 350 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

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.

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Dome(s)Green Dome
MehrabsMehrab e Uthmani · Mehran e Nabawi · Mehrab e al-Quds · Mehrab e Tahajjud · Mehrab e Fatimah ·
Gates/DoorsBab e Jibrael · 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 e Umar ibn al-Khattab · Badr Gate · Bab e Malik al-Fahad · Bab e Makkah · Bab e Bilal Habashi · Bab e Nisa · Bab al Baqi · Gate of Imams
MinaretsBab us-Salam Minaret
Other(s)Muazzin's platform · Library · Multimedia · Fundation Stones · Antique Manuscripts Hall · Riyad ul-Jannah ·
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