Seeing a scene of impeccable beauty, we often hear the term “Heaven on Earth!” But there is only one place that literally has the right to proclaim itself heaven on Earth. There, deep in the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) (masjid Nabawi), covered by green carpets and the tears of millions, lies a “garden from the gardens of paradise.” It is a place known to every Muslim who has ever lived, yet there's still much we don't know about it. Here are just some of the interesting facts and mysteries of the Prophet's ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) Mosque:

9. The first place in the Arabian Peninsula to have electricity

When the Ottomans introduced electricity to the Arabian Peninsula, the first place to be lit up was the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). By some accounts, it would be a few more years before the Sultan himself had full electricity in his own palace in Istanbul.

first place to get electricity in arabia

8. The current mosque is larger than the old city

The current mosque is more than 100 times the size of the original building. This means that the current mosque covers almost the entire area of the old city itself. This is evident from the fact that whereas Jannat Al-Baqi cemetery was on the outskirts of the city during the time of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), it now borders the precincts of the current mosque grounds.

current mosque is larger than the entire city

7. There's an empty grave in the Prophet's ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) room

It has long been the stuff of legend that there is an “empty grave” next to where the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) and Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) are buried. This was confirmed, however, when the individuals who went in to change the coverings in the hujrah in the 1970s noted the presence of an empty space. Whether or not it is meant for Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) when he returns is a matter of debate.

6. It was destroyed by fire

The majority of the old mosque, including the original mimbar of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), was destroyed in a fire that swept through the mosque centuries after the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) died. The fire was so extensive that the roof and even some of the walls of the room of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) collapsed, revealing his resting place for the first time in 600 years.

5. There was no dome before, now there are two!

For more than 650 years after the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) passed away, there was no dome over his ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) grave. The first one was built in 1279 by a Mamluk sultan and was made of wood. The green dome that we see today is actually the outer dome over the room of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). There is an inner dome that is much smaller and has the name of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) and Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) inscribed on the inside.

4. The dome used to be purple!

Yup – purple. It turns out that the dome has been through various colors and renovations before it reached its current form and colour about 150 years ago. At one point it used to be white and for the longest period it was a purple-blue colour that the Arabs of Hijaz were particularly fond of.

Purple Dome

3. It has 3 mihrabs

Most mosques only have one mihrab, but the Prophet's ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) mosque has three. The current mihrab is the one used nowadays for the imam to lead prayers. The next mihrab is set back and is called the Suleymaniye or Ahnaf mihrab. It was made on the orders of the Sultan Suleyman the magnificent for the Hanafi imam to lead prayers whilst the Maliki imam lead prayers from the Prophetic mihrab. The Prophetic mihrab completely covers the area that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to lead prayers from except where he placed his feet.

2. What lies in the room of Fatima raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her)?

Items belonging to the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) were housed in his room or the room of Fatima raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) which was incorporated into his room after a major expansion. When Madinah was under siege during World War I, the Ottoman commander had many priceless artifacts evacuated to Istanbul, hidden in the clothes of women and children. They can now be seen in the Topkapi Palace. However, intriguingly, some items still remain but are undocumented.

1. It is FULL of secret signs

Yes, the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is covered with so many subtle signs and secrets that it makes the DaVinci Code look like a cheap puzzle for pre-schoolers. Each pillar, each dome, each window carries a story and indicates the location of events that carry historical and spiritual significance. The people who constructed the Prophet's Mosque realized that it would be impossible to put up signs everywhere as it would distract from the main purpose of prayers. Therefore, they came up with an ingenious way of indicating a location of importance through minor changes in the design of surrounding objects. What are the secrets? Well, that is a story for another day insha'Allah.

secret signs in the mosque

The mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was never just a mosque. It was the center of the first Islamic community and nation. It was the scene of our greatest triumphs and tragedies. It was a community center, homeless refuge, university and mosque all rolled into one.

Like the Muslim community, it has grown over the years and become more modern with each passing generation. But despite the exponential growth and changes from the simple Hijazi date palm trunk interior to the marble and gold clad structure we have today – the inner core remains the same. Perhaps there's a lesson in there for us all.

 

(Authors note: You may also be interested in Ten things you didn't know about the Kaaba)

 

77 Responses

    • Prof M Shamim

      As to the empty grave mentioned by you, no reference is given —wherefrom you got this information?

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      • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

        Walaikum asalaam,

        – Aisha (Ra) wanted to be buried in the same room but finally decided against differentiating herself from the other wives of the Prophet (SAW)
        – Hassan (R) wanted to be buried in the room but was prevented from this by the authorities of the time
        – There was also discussion about burying some of the other Ahsra Mubashara (like AbdurRahman ibn Auf [R]) in the same room but these also did not take place for various reasons

        From the above we can see that they could only have had these considerations if there was indeed space for a 4th grave. In my article, I have only mentioned that there is a space and no 4th grave since the proposed inhabitant (Isa [A]) has yet to return.

        Also there are other references in Tirmidhi and a narration by Ibn Jawzi in Kitaabul Wifaa.

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      • Abdullah

        A good question and a good answer. Jazakallah khair both of you

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  1. habib

    Great read and very informative. I wish there more books written about the masjid.

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  2. Gibran

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulllahi wa barakatuh

    JazzakAllahu khair

    You better get to those secrets quick!!! Make that your next article!!!

    Also, it is good you mentioned that that famous green dome isn’t real. In fact, it is not allowed because we are not supposed to make structures over graves and the Prophet sallahualayhiwasalam warned us against taking his grave as a masjid!!!

    Usually, I imagine Islamic history after the few decades after seerah to be extremely boring. But JazzakAllahu khair we have our history literate brother to pick out all the interesting parts.

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      • sajid

        Asalamu alaykum

        Sister Fatima your comment above either means you are naive of history or unwilling to shed your mantra of sectarianism. The green dome was not built by a brelwi – he wasnt even Indian he was an Ottoman Turk.

        Secondly Muslims love the green dome as it is a sign of the home of and the final resting place of the beloved and his two beloveds

        Your brother

        Sajid
        [Note: comment edited by author to maintain tone of harmony but still get the commentators point across inshaAllah.]

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    • Hassan

      Keep in mind that the Prophet’s house was actually PART of the Masjid, and he wanted to be buried in his house. Thus, his grave is in the same structure as a Masjid. It was literally unavoidable, and whether there’s a dome on top or not doesn’t factor into that.

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      • Hassan

        No it was not part of masjid, it was attached to masjid. It became part in banu ummayah time

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      • Gibran

        Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

        The second Hassan was correct, the grave was not originally part of the masjid and in fact such an act is forbidden by Allah and His Messenger!!!

        http://www.islamqa.info/en/ref/110061/green%20dome

        “It is not correct to quote the fact that people built a dome over the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as evidence that it is permissible to build domes over the graves of the righteous dead and others, because those people’s building a dome over his grave (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was haraam and those who did it sinned thereby, because they went against what is proven in a report from Abu’l-Hayaaj al-Asadi who said: ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) said to me: Shall I not send you on the same mission as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sent me? Do not leave any image without erasing it or any high grave without levelling it.

        And it was narrated that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade plastering over graves, or sitting on them or building over them. Both reports were narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh. So it is not correct for anyone to quote the haraam action of some people as evidence that it is permissible to do similar haraam actions, because it is not permissible to go against the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by citing the words or actions of anyone else. And because he is the one who conveyed the command from Allaah, and he is the one who is to be obeyed, and we must beware of going against his commands, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)” [al-Hashr 59:7].”

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      • Abdul kalik razak

        Gibran,you’re correct,now we see the majority of muslim graves with buildings erected and much worse,huge photos framed placed on the deceased grave,nauzzubillah!!!!!

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  3. sana

    i am deadly waiting to know about secret signs in masjid… i avoid word mosque

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    • Sam

      Exactly, we should not use the word mosque. Masjid is totally understandable by all Muslims plus it is the correct word

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  4. WAJiD

    Walaikum asalaam,

    JazakAllah khairun to all of you for your kind comments. I’m working on the secret signs article/ book/ website (depending on my ability) inshaAllah so please make duaa that I do it justice.

    WAJiD

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    • Savera

      As-salamu ‘alaykum,

      How to get the blessed news? I am currently planning to go for umrah shariff in two months time – Is it possible for u too tell about “secrets” some way or the other telling about few books, so one can prepare a bit and get more blessed?

      Jazaka Llahu khayran wa fi amani Llah

      Abidah

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      • sajid

        Salam

        There are a number of things to see. I live in Saudi and have been working here for 2 years now. I regularly go to the Holy Cities and have endeavored to make a site profiling the calligraphy ad pillars in the masajid.

        The problem is that Ladies do not get much time to spend in the masjid and certainly very little at riyadh al jannah – hence you wont be able to see the main features such as the pillar motifs, the calligraphy on the holy chamber external walls, poetry on the qibla wall, the enscriptions on the mihrabs, the enscriptions on the mimbar.

        I am documenting these on my website.

        Sajid

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      • Savera

        As-salamu ‘alaykum Sajid,

        A link for ur website? It is still better than nothing… This subject is VERY dear to my heart so I will in sha’a Llah take whatever I can get!

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    • Abdullah

      Assalaamu Alaykum brother, please share to us this secrets.. May ALLAH SWT reward you and bless you more… Shukran brother and Massalaam

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    • Raja Kreem

      I am very excited and cannot wait to read, The secret Sign book publication – once 40 million copies are sold a block buster movie is made than I will know you did a great job in translating those secret signs and I will accept your claim that De Vinci code was just cheap puzzle. Thanks.

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  5. UH

    please share your website/ book as and when parts get completed!

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  6. M. Khan

    Great article brother – we need the secrets of the Masjid!!!!!!

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  7. sajid

    Salam

    I am also working on a similar project.

    Some of the secrets are:

    1. The green carpet – indicates Riyadh ul jannah

    2. The long, thin, orange/ brown strips on the pillars – indicate the actual position of Riyadh al jannah according to some scholars.l

    3. The golden floral pattern on the pillar to the right of the image – indicates the height of the original masjid in the time of the prophet.

    Please see my website for more of the open secrets.

    sajid

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    • Abdullah

      Salaam brother, can you please give us the link for your website? It’s gonna be priceless… May ALLAH SWT reward you for your work… Shukran brother… Massalam

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      • WAJiD

        Walaikum asalaam,

        MashaAllah excellent work brother Sajid. May Allah reward you abundantly for what must be quite a difficult task. I will contact you when I have something substantial for your advice and opinion if this is ok inshaAllah.

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      • sajid

        Salam

        Please let me know of what assistance i can offer. I am currently working on the mimbar and the qibla wall inscriptions. They detail the poetry that was put up and still exists – until when i do not know???

        Sajid

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  8. Ahmed

    Salams,

    It would be of great help if you could provide some historical sources from where you have drawn these information. The information provided are of great significance. Please kindly provide the sources as well. Jazzakkallah khair.

    Ahmed.

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    • Dreamlife

      Yes – PLEASE do give sources. All this sounds wonderful, but we have a very strong tradition of proofs and evidence, so please provide your sources for all this info.

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      • WAJiD

        Walaikum asalaam,

        Sources include:

        Al Bidaya Wa Al Nihaya – Ibn Katheer
        History of Madinah – Dr Abdul Ghani
        History of Makkah – Dr Abdul Ghani
        The Holy Cities – Sultan Ghalib
        … and my own investigations/ questioning of the scholars and khuddam of the Masjid over the last 25years.

        InshaAllah full referencing will be present in the website/ book etc…

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  9. Arif Khalil

    During my visit to the reverend Masjid al Nabvi (in July 2011) one researcher asked few of us to roll one carpet from main entrance to the new premises, onto its left. Then he showed a medium size circle that indicates one historical well is there underneath…

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      • abu Hamza

        Probabliy you saw Bir Haa/ well of abu Talha Ansari r.z, its inside the Masjid few meters left to the gate Fahad no 21.
        it was in the Garden of Abu Talha Ansari rz., Prohet s,w often used to visit this garden and drank the water from this well.
        Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) says, ‘Abu Talha owned the best gardens in Madinah, and they were more numerous than those of any other Ansari. One of his gardens was known by the name of Bir Ha, and this was his most favourite resort. It was close to the Prophet’s Masjid and the water of its well was sweet and abundant. When Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) revealed the verse of the Quran:
        “You will not attain unto piety until you spend of that which Ye love.” [3: 92]

        Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) presented himself to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and opened his heart, “O, Prophet of Allah! I love Bir Ha very much. As Allah wants us to spend precisely that which we love, I make over that garden to be spent in the path of Allah as you please.”
        The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was very much pleased, and remarked: “What a fine present (to Allah)! I think it would be best utilized if you distribute it among your own heirs.” Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) went and acted upon the Prophet’s advice

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  10. wycliffe hili

    This is very fascinating. Keep informing us of the unknown.

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  11. Fatima

    Loved this very informative and interesting article. Jazakumullah for it.
    Please post the one about the secret signs of the mosque soon.

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  12. Khadijah

    SubhanAllah… May Allah guide and assist you all for the work done in the name of Allah.

    Looking at the atrocious number of dislikes suggests that there are ‘eyes’ watching. May Allah protect us from all evil.

    Jazakallah

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  13. Mir Taqi

    Mr Akhter’s little gem on nine points related to Masjid-e-Nabwi is laudable. He has thus placed in the records of history these nine features associated with the Prophet [ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] at a time when concrete signs of his times are fast disappearing. Praiseworthy as his effort is, I wish he had stated somewhat differently three of his nine “things” so as to keep the tone and tenor of his piece entirely sacred. The three “things” are:

    1) In the 4th “thing” he uses the expression, “Yup – purple.” This is chatty and juvenile and inappropriate in a sacred discourse.

    2) In the 3rd “thing” his talk of Suleyman as “Sultan Solomon the magnificent” seems odd. The Turkish and even European scholars prefer to call this Sultan in English as “Sultan Suleyman” or “Suleiman the Magnificent”.

    3) Finally in the 1st “Thing” Mr Akhter makes recourse to that cheap book of fiction called “The DaVinci Code” which had been built up by the media into a book of historical facts in the minds of the gullible public. There can never be any comparison or reference made in the same breath between an utter work of fiction and the factual, so far indecipherable (not ‘secret’), inscriptions dotted around the Masjid-e-Nabwi.

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    • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      Walaikum asalaam brother Mir,

      JazakAllah khairun for your kind words. As to your critiques I would say that the use of chatty/ juvenile words and pop fiction books to discuss points in this article was on purpose. Unfortunately, the majority of Muslim youth (and adults) cannot relate to our heritage and live in a world so far removed from it that they are unable to truly appreciate it. Therefore, I feel it is incumbent to bridge this divide in order to make the information more accessible and interesting to the masses. Of course it must be done in a way that does not compromise our principles or denigrate the subject matter.

      In fact, I find the entire format of “Ten things you didn’t know…” as quite tabloid like and not one you are likely to come across in books or serious treatise. Even though I dislike it myself, I choose to write in this style and have more people get the information rather than in a more formal style and benefit far fewer.

      Hope that makes sense.
      JazakAllah khairun
      p.s. I think the Solomon instead of Suleyman thing was down to spellchecker. It has been changed

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  14. S.A.IMAM

    Assalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa barakatuhu

    Indeed it is an informative & exciting efforts keep it up.

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  15. Samira

    Salam

    A Sufi brother told me that there is a wall in the Prophet’s Mosque with all his names, including the controversial YaaSin & TaaHaa. Is this true? And what is the Islamic ruling on such claims?

    Thank You.

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    • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      Walaaikum asalaam,

      Firstly – JazakAllah khairun to you all for your kind statements and support. It encourages me to work harder to present this information in a better way for more people to benefit from inshaAllah.

      The Qiblah wall in the Prophet (SAW)s mosque has the longest piece of single artist calligraphy in the world. It has some surahs but one of the panels (in red) contains more than 100 names of the Prophet (SAW) – including Yasin and Taha.

      As to what the Islamic ruling is, I humbly suggest you ask a scholar you trust.

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  16. shamsher aalam

    assalamu alaikum warahmatullahe wabarakatuhu.
    Its amazing to have the information about the kaba and the mosque .

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  17. Fatou Binetou

    Ma cha Allah! Thanks very much for these precious information. I am so happy to learn about fact#4. Purple is my favorite color with green! A sister from Senegal, west Africa.

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  18. Abu Hamza

    in fact there are more then 90 things You Didn’t know about the Prophet Mosque and Scared Chamber..
    it’s a long list ..i am adding 9 only……

    1) How Prophet s.w and Abu bakr r.z Umar r.z Graves look like inside the Aisha R.z Hujra ( Aisha house walls is the 1st structure around Prophet .sw and Shaikhain Graves)
    Dr. Irfan Al Alawi, Executive Director Islamic Heritage Research Foundation has written the following to dispel many misconceptions about the graves in the Sacred Chamber:
    “It will be pertinent to mention here that the companions never put bricks or other similar materials on these three graves. Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr {Ra} narrated as mentioned in Sunan Abu Dawud, ‘I visited Aaisha {Ra} and requested her to show me these three graves. I observed that the graves were neither very high above the ground nor totally in level with the ground. I saw these covered with reddish color earth.’
    It is mentioned in Tabaqatul Kubraa by ibn Sa’ad as narrated by Qaasim, ‘I was only a child when I visited these graves which were covered with reddish colour earth.’

    2) When one of the wall Aisha r.z Hujra fall
    it happened in the time of Umar Bin AbdulAziz, when he was governor of Medina, due to heavy rain fall one of the wall of Aisha R.z Hujra destroyed. people rush to see the Grave of Prophet.sw but Omar Bin Abdul Aziz r.a immediately cover that wall portion with a cloth and said i will not enter my slef neither i will allow you people to entre as Prophet s.w could get disturb by the crowd. then only a slave named ” Mazaham” allowed only to enter the Hujra Mubarak for cleaning and repair.

    3) When Graves became Visible to everyone. Prophet s.w wives Hujrats were demolished and included in Prophet Chamber area:
    Construction of Five side wall (2nd structure around Aisha R.z house) around Aisha rz Hujra
    It is mentioned in Fath al-Baari as narrated by Abu Bakr Ajari {Ra}, ‘I saw these graves during the period of Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz {ra}. These were about four inches above the ground level.’ It is also mentioned in Fath al-Baari as narrated by Rija ibn Haiwah, ‘Waleed ibn Abdul-Malik wrote to Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz to purchase the hujrat of the wives of Prophet Muhammad {sallallaahu Alayhi wasallam} and include this area in the mosque as well. When the walls of the hujrats were removed, these graves became visible. The sandy soil on the graves had somewhat levelled off. Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz rebuilt the walls of Aaisha’s chamber during the expansion of the Prophet’s mosque.’
    In 91 AH Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Allah show mercy on him) built five cornered walls so that nobody may enter inside the Sacred Chamber. REMEMBER that till this time there was no Dome on sacred chamber.
    4)Trench built around the chamber filled with molten lead..
    After several plots were uncovered to steal the body of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) by digging underneath the graves, the Sultan Nurruddin Zengi had a trench built around the chamber which was filled with molten lead

    5) The last time when someone saw the actual Grave of Prophet S.w 878H
    A renowned scholar, Samhoudi, mentioned in Wifa-ul-Wifaa that the walls of the sacred chamber were remodelled in 878H. He had the privilege and honor of entering the Sacred Chamber during these repairs. Samhoudi said, ‘As I entered the Sacred Chamber, I found very delicate fragrance there which I had never experienced in my life before. I offered salutation to the Prophet {Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam} and his both companions. Then I focused my attention to condition of the graves so that I could describe it fully to others. All three graves were almost even to the ground level. At one place, there was a slight rise above the ground level. It was probably, Umar’s {Ra} grave. The graves were definitely covered by ordinary earth.’
    After this occasion, nobody has been able to see these graves since all the four walls of the Sacred Chamber have been fully built up to the roof level and closed for any view.

    6) Window in the Dome ( in both dome, Inner and Outer)
    The inner dome has a window located above the Prophet’s grave and parallel to it another window on the outer dome. The window would open as Istisqaa prayer was performed, a practice originating during earlier days. As cited by al-Darmi, when the followers of the Prophet complained to Aisha, the Prophet’s wife, about the drought in Madinah, she instructed them to leave an opening in the Prophet’s grave connecting it to the sky while praying Allah for rain (istisqaa prayer); and upon doing that the sky did rain

    7) Funeral place ( area enclosed with walls in between Bab-e-Baqi and Bab-e-Jibraeel

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to lead Salat-ul-Janaza at this site and the Sahaba continued this tradition. Abu Saeed Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) described how and when this place was used for funeral services:
    “In the very beginning we used to inform the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) when someone was near death. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to visit the ailing person and made supplication for his forgiveness. Many times the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) stayed there till the completion of the funeral services. In this way the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had to wait there for a very long time at each such occasion. We, therefore, decided to take the body of the deceased person near the Hujrat (houses of the wives of the Prophet) so that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) can lead the salat more easily. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) started offering Salat-ul-Janaza in the area described above.”
    The Turks built an enclosure around the funeral courtyard which used to be open to worshippers. Recently however, it is used as a storage space for materials needed in Masjid-e-Nabwi.

    8)Round Stone on the top of Bab-eJibraeel is Exact Place where Jibreel stood at bab-e-Jibraeel or Bab-eUsman or Bab-e-Nabvi

    This door is also called Bab-un-Nabi since the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to enter the masjid through this door. It was also known as Bab Othman since it was in front of Ottoman’s (RU) house.
    There is a round stone on the top of this window. This window indicates the location where Jibreel (AS) stood during his conversation with the Prophet (SAS).
    During the extension of the mosque, the door has been moved somewhat eastward in line with its original position.

    9) Bab-e-Abubakr Siddique still exists.

    Ibn Hajar said, “Small door is called Khukhah” Such small door of Abu Bakr’s (RU) house was near the fifth column west of the pulpit. This small door opened into the mosque. This door was moved westward along the same line during the various expansions of the mosque. During the first expansion by the Saudi Government, it was named Bab Siddique.
    if one enter from Bab-e-slam you could find a door on your left side. there is a small room, used for storage purpose now. this door was always kept in Masjid Nabvi, as Prophet s.w said ” close all the door which open in Masjid except Abu Bakr .rz door” so in every expansion this door was moved along the same line to the westward.

    References:
    Wafa ul wafa by Shaikh Samodi,
    History of Masjid Nabvi by Dr Ilyas Abdul Ghani,
    تحقيق النصرة بتلخيص معالم دار الهجرة
    أبو بكر بن الحسين بن عمر المراغي ص161-183
    تحقيق: د. عبد الله العسيلان
    ط1/1422ه

    دليل مساجد المدينة المنورة
    إعداد سعيد أحمد الدربي ومحمد عبد الرحمن أبو عزة ص: 27
    نشر: مدير أوقاف المدينة المنورة 1399
    الدرة الثمينة في أخبار المدينة
    محمد بن محمود بن الحسن بن النجار ص 177-178
    تحقيق: د . صلاح الدين بن عباس بن شكر
    ط 1/1427هـ
    المغانم المطابة في معالم طابة
    مجد الدين محمد بن يعقوب الفيروز آبادي ج2/619
    ط1/1423هـ

    its a long list, i have mentioned few only. i am working to compile all the Historical scared sites related Stuff with Photo Graph, GPS Tags ,Maps of Madina,Makkah,Tareequl Hijra, Tareequl Anbia, Tareequl Hajj, Tareequl Ghuzwaat .
    i would request to all of you , please pray for me that Allah Give me strength to complete This task . as i am in final phase of work .and in sha allah in couple of months i will upload the document.

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    • Rudaba Safvi

      Asalam alekum Hamza , I am so great full that you shared precious information about Our Prophet’s Mosque . Thank you once again . Allah Hafiz .

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      • Abu Hamza

        walikumslam , warhamtau Allah, Remember me in your prayers. Jazak allah

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    • masroor ahmed

      Dear Brother ABU HAMZA, I want to purchase your book. From where i can purchase it in Pakistan or anywhere? what is the price?

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      • Abu Hamza

        Dear Brother Masroor, Ma sha allah for your Interest, book would be free in sha Allah, and will be ready very soon, few of the chapters are left, mostly related to Prophet s.w Hijra Route , Ghuzwa Routs, .

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    • Muzammil

      Great information shared Ya Abu Hamza. I myself have almost the same information. If I may add:

      The five cornered wall was built so that there should be no resemblance with Holy Kaabaa

      There is a door on all four sides leading inside to the empty space around the Sacred Chamber.

      The five cornered Sacred Chamber is surrounded by metallic grills (painted green) on all sides, green colored cloth embroider with what is hanging on this grill obstructing the view of the five cornered chamber (photos can be googled)

      Only the Khudam (the direct decedents of Hazat Bilal Razi Allah Anhu) are the people who can go inside for cleaning purposes. They are headed by (now very old) Shiekh Noori. You can often see him sitting on awheel chair near Ashab e Sufa Platform. All these Khuddam are MUKHANAS, as the people told me there.

      These Khudam have a room behind Ashab e Sufa platform in the corner as you enter from Bab e Jibraeel.Dignitaries who go inside, enter from the door on the Qadmain e Mubarik side, which was the door of Hazrat Ali’s (KAW) and Hazrat Bibi Fatima’s Hujra.

      There is a lot more, which maybe I will share next time.

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      • Abu Hamza

        Dear Brother Muzzamil, Jazak allah khair for the information you shared, as this is not the right forum where i can share the stuff with complete authentic references, so i will only write few of sentences,

        “The five cornered wall was built so that there should be no resemblance with Holy Kaabaa” True , it was first built by Umar bin Abdul Aziz r.z and then after the second fire in masjid nabvi, it was re built along the inner four side walls, Original Hujra of Aisha siddiqa rz.

        yes its true, there is a lot alot alot more to share, … this is why i thought to compile the stuff,:) .

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      • Abu Hamza

        Brother Muzzamil, i heard about these Khudam many times, wondering when did they started this Job? who appointed them first ? why Mukhans only? actually i never came across these people in any Historical book.
        ” the direct decedents of Hazat Bilal Razi Allah Anhu were appointed for this job,
        as far as at the time of SAHABa r.z no one has mentioned this thing, infect Bilal r.z himself left the madinah after the death of prophet.sw and got settled in Syria.. so where did this hole story come from? the first writer who wrote about Masjid Nabvi and other historical places was Ibn Zabala r.h who the student of Imam Malik r.h , he never reported about this, then Ibn Shiba, Matri, Samhodi etc a long list of Muslim scholars who spend their entire life only to Digg out the historical places,event related to Prophet.s.w has never mentioned this, and these are the people whose research was such a thoroughly about the ” Asaar Nabvi s.w” that they even mentioned the name of the people who were living on the way, streat, from where Rasool allah s,w passed only once….
        so if this Muhanas story is true and is not like the wrong stories which we used to hear like anything, specially about Prophet sw Masjid and Scared Chamber, then there shoud be some Origin and Reason for this, could you please provide us some more details, when did it start,( i am sure if this is true then its only about two digit years old ) why Mukhanas only? why only Descendent of Bila r.z only ? etc

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    • WAJiD

      Dear Tricia,

      If this is a genuine question then we can provide you with a lot of information about the Prophet (peace be upon him.)

      We Muslims believe that Muhammad the son of Abdullah (from the Makkan area of Arabia) – peace be upon him – was the last in a long line of messengers from God who was sent to guide humanity to the true purpose of life.

      We revere the Prophet (peace be upon him) as the most perfect man to walk the earth and love him more than we love ourselves.

      If you want to know why a teenage girl in Sudan and an elderly man in China could be moved to tears just by the mere remembrance of a man who they never met… let us know.

      There are many good books/ videos/ websites out there.

      Take care.

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  19. Amina Amir

    Awesome post about 9 things you didn’t know about the Prophets mosque. Thanks a lot for sharing. Really It is a place known to every Muslim who has ever lived, yet there’s still much we don’t know about it.

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    • Hili

      No one has been in heaven to know how it looks. Furthermore, it is not right to compare earthly structures like the mosque with heaven.

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  20. Ali

    Commenting here to follow up so that whenever those “secrets” post is up, I will get notified.

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  21. Ebrahim

    Masha Allah… These post about hings you didnt know about the Prophet’s ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) Mosque as well as Al- Aqsa and Makkah are very informative.

    One thing that came to mind when reading this is If the Open space is meant for Isa ‘alayhi’l-salām (peace be upon him), then it means that Isa will pass on in that spot… as was reported in the hadith… every prophet is buried in the place that he dies.

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