Minbar Nabawi (Pulpit of the Prophet)

The first two caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar did not use the third step due to "due to respect for the Prophet", but the third caliph Uthman placed a fabric dome over it and the rest of the stairs were covered with ebony.

Pulpit (Minbar) of the Prophet Muhammad in Masjid al-Nabawi

Current Minbar Nabawi, was placed in the mosque by Sultan Murab ibn Saleem in the late fifteenth century and is still in use. The minbar was replaced by Baybars I in 1395, and later by Shaykh al-Mahmudi in 1417. This was also replaced by a marble one by Ottoman sultan Murad ibn Saleem in the late fifteenth century, which as of August 2019, is still used in the mosque.

The facade of the Minbar Nabawi has two calligraphic inscriptions, the top most is the Shahada (الشهادة‎)

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلله

meaning, There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God. And the second stanza is the dedicatory inscription for the minbar by Sultan Murad.


Pulpit of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi

The original minbar used by prophet Muhammad was a "wood block of date tree". This was replaced by him with a tamarisk one, which had a diemensions of 50 centimetres (0.50 m) x 125 metres (410 ft). Also in 629 CE a three staired ladder was added to it.

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Riyad ul-Jannah, Masjid al-Nabawi

Riyad ul-Jannah, general view of the area, with Mihrab Nabawi to the far left and Minbar-i Nabawi to the right. Riad ul-Jannah is considered to be a part Jannah (Paradise). It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that Muhammad said, "The area between my house and my minbar is one of the gardens of Paradise, and my minbar is on my cistern (hawd)."


Pulpit of the Prophet, Masjid al-Nabawi

The lower stanza of calligraphic inscriptions comprises of four parts in three rows, which read; (1a) Secure in the continual blessing of the lands, (1b) And endure in the highest pinnacle of His Sovereignty, (1c) Requesting to increase his blessings of the Hereafter, (1d) Dispatched the Sultan Murad bin Saleem
(2a) By it guidance of the right and the truth of the heart, (2b) The pillars of the pulpit were established, (2c) Our lord, the Serenity of all who worship, (2d) Around the Garden of Al-Mustafa, Peace be upon him,
(3a) Preserve the pulpit of Sultan Murad, (3b) Said fortune inspired by its history, (3c) Mount it enduringly, the Rightly Guided Scholars, (3d) The pulpit raises the right guidance and exalts it.

Malik Fahad Quran Complex

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