Mehrabs of Masjid al-Nabawi (Prayer Niches in Prophet's Mosque)

There are either five or six major mehrabs in Masjid al-Nabawi as they are listed below.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 621 CE Mehrab-i Tahajjud An old picture marking the approximate location where Prophet Muhammad used to offer Tahajud Salah, this mehrab has been removed.
c. 622 CE There was another mehrab, called Mehrab-e Bait ul-Maqdis, at the Prophet's Mosque up until after the Battle of Khaybar and was probably removed following the first expansion of the mosque after the battle in 7 Hj or during the second expansion by Umar in 17 Hj. It was located in the northern wall of the original mosque, near modern day Muazzin's platform.
c. 625 CE Mihrab of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi Mihrab-i Nabawi, as it is today. It marks the location where the mehrab of the mosque used to be during the time of Prophet. It is situated within the Riyad ul-Jannah. Malik Fahad Quran Complex
c. 651 CE Mihrab of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi Mihrab-i Uthmani is the functional mehrab today since mosque's expansion by Uthman ibn Affan in 651 CE. Malik Fahad Quran Complex
c. 651 CE The Mehrab e Suleimani, also known as the Mehrab-i Hanafi or Mehrab-i Omar ibn Khattab, it stands at the spot where an older mehrab was installed during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificient.
The actual spot of Mehrab-i Tahajjud This mehrab, known as Mehrab e Fatimah (because it is inside the house area of Fatimah bint Muhammad), inside the modern day tomb enclosure, in the section that used to be the Fatimah's and Ali ibn abi Talib's house. The shroud behind the Mehraab covers the antique bed believed to have had belonged to Fatimah bint Muhammad.
Latest Update: October 8, 2016