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Masjid Nabawi Calligraphic Inscriptions

Masjid an-Nabawi is adorned with verses from Quran and other calligraphic inscriptions.


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circa 1500 CE

Mihrab of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi

Mihrab-i Nabawi and the Musallah as seen from the north, it dates back to the abu al-Nasr Qaitibai's era, 1482 CE. There are a number of calligraphic inscriptions on and around the facade and rear of the prayer niche, including 3 verses from Quran and one instance of Durood encircling the crown of the mehrab e Nabawi. On the posterior wall of the mihrab are the historic dedicatory inscriptions of five lines written in the Mamlooki Thuluth script.

circa 1500 CE

Calligraphy on the Muwajja Shareef, southern side, the Muwajja Shareef is the face of the Holy Grave that looks towards the Qibla – the direction towards Mecca.

circa 1500 CE

The Qibla wall of Masjid an-Nabawi, which is part of the Ottoman prayer hall, is adorned with some 185 names of prophet Muhammad. The Qibla wall is the most adorned wall of Masjid an-Nabawi and dates back to late 1840s reconstruction and expansion of the prophet's mosque by Ottoman Sultan Abdulmajid I. Calligraphic inscriptions of prophet Muhammad's name start from Bab as-Salam, located west of the Masjid an-Nabawi, with a heading "These are the names of the prophet, peace be upon him" (هذه أسماء النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم). These names were inscribed during the reconstruction by Abdulmajid I.


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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



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