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9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Prophet’s Mosque

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 as such. 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.” [1] 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). [2] By some accounts, it would be a few more years before the Sultan himself had full electricity in his own palace in Istanbul. [3]

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8. The current mosque is larger than the old city

The current mosque is more than 100 times the size of the original building. [4] [5] This means that the current mosque covers almost the entire area of the old city itself. [6] [7] 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), [8] 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. [9] [10] [11] 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. [12] Whether or not it is meant for Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) when he returns is a matter of debate. [13]

*Note from author: What is meant by “hujrah” in this case is not the actual burial chamber / original room of Aisha (Ra.) This is enclosed in a pentagonal structure with no doors or windows and has not been visible for centuries. The area meant is the entire grilled area encompassing the chamber and area of other rooms.

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. [14]

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. [15] The first one was built in 1279 by a Mamluk sultan and was made of wood. [16] 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. [17]

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. [18]  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. [19] [20]

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. [21] 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. [22]

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. [23] When Medina 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. [24] [25] They can now be seen in the Topkapi Palace. However, intriguingly, some items still remain but are undocumented. [26]

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 inshaAllah.

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)

 

References

1. Sahih Bukhari – Book 30, Hadith 112
2. The holy cities, the pilgrimage and the world of Islam. Sultan Ghalib Al Quaiti, Page 439
4. History of Al Madinah Al Munawarah. Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri. Pg 68 
7. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the urbanization of Madinah. Assoc Prof Dr Spahic Omer. Research paper. Pages 89-90 
8. Sabiq Al-Sayyid. Fiqh al Sunnah (Kitab Al-‘Ibadat) volume 2. Page 148. 
9. Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 23, Hadith 474
11. Sultan Ghalib Al Quaiti, Op Cit. Page 144
14. Sultan Ghalib Al Quaiti, Op Cit. Pages 124-125
15. Ibid Pages 125-127
16. Wafa Al-Wafa, Al Samhudi Pages 608-609
17. Ibid Pages 633 – 636
18. Fusul Min Tarikh Al-Madinah Al Munawarrah. Ali Hafiz. Pg 127 
19. Diaries of Rifat Pasha, Vol 1, Page 464- 465 
20. Sultan Ghalib Al Quaiti, Op Cit. Page 148
21. Ibid Page 144
22. Ibid Page 146 
23. Ibid Page 125 
24. Ibid Page 497
25. The Sacred Trusts: Topkapi Palace Museum. Hilmi Aydin

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126 Comments

126 Comments

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    Stranger

    May 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I wud luv to know abt the secret signs :)

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      Prof M Shamim

      May 27, 2013 at 7:17 AM

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

      • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

        Muhammad Wajid Akhter

        May 27, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        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

          May 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

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

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        Pappu

        September 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        why don’t you do little research. why you people always ask for ref like a bagger

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        Tahir Iqbal

        August 3, 2016 at 12:56 AM

        Dear Prof Sahib:if you are serious to gain information,so pleas go to Maddinah and you can have all the information from the library ( situated inside the Masjad e Nabvi ).

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        Syed Ullah

        December 18, 2016 at 3:47 AM

        It is in Hadith that Prophet PBUH said I will be raised from my grave first with Isa AS next to me will be Abu Bakar and Omar then we will wait for people of Makkah to arrive and we will proceed to ground of judgment.
        That Hadith clearly indicates that Isa RA will be buried there….

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      abdulkadir saidu

      June 9, 2015 at 7:40 AM

      assalamualaikum

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      Aafia

      December 9, 2015 at 2:53 AM

      You can read about the Secret Signs Mentioned in the Post (Also Watch the Video to locate them) here-http://islamhashtag.com/raudhah-of-masjid-nabawi/

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        abdul

        May 1, 2016 at 11:36 PM

        AOA,

        Thank you to provide the link.

        Abdul Waris

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      afzal

      January 17, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Can I know. Ore about the secret signs in Rohda

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      Riaz Ahmad.

      July 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM

      i want to know about islam &kaaba.madina. old history of islam/& .muslims

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    habib

    May 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

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

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      KHAJA NOORUDDIN SHAHID

      January 3, 2015 at 12:19 PM

      CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE FULL NAME OF OTHMAN WHO IS THE KING OF HYDERABAD
      MIR OTHMAN ALI KHAN OR SOME OTHER SULTAN AS IIN MY KNOWLEDGE KING OF HYDERABAD DECCAN INDIA PLEASE CLEARIFY

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    Gibran

    May 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    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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      Gibran

      May 27, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      Dunno why that warranted 13 negatives…..anyone want to say?

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        Fatima

        May 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Most likely reason is that the sufis & baraelwys revere the green dome.

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          sajid

          May 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

          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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            Gibran

            May 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

            Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their Prophets as places for praying
            -Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa salam)

            “Apart from invoking Allah’s forgiveness for the engraved, all act of worship are prohibited at the graves like, formal prayers[1], reciting the Qur’aan[2], sacrifice[3], etc. because this would contribute to making the graves as places of worship. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) has warned his nation from taking graves as places of worship: “…Beware that those before you took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship. Do not take graves as places of worship, for verily I forbid you to do so.”[4] He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also said: “The most evil of mankind are those who will be alive when the Last Day arrives and those who take graves as places of worship.”[5]”

            http://www.ahya.org/tjonline/eng/05/03Graves.html

            Some love him so much they obey him. Others love him so much they disobey him. One enters Paradise and the other is deprived of Paradise and enters Jahannam.

            Love is a powerful emotion.

            Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
            Say, “Obey Allah and the Messenger.” But if they turn away – then indeed, Allah does not like the disbelievers.

            http://quran.com/3/31-32

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        Shz

        December 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM

        AsSalamAlaikum waRahmatulla waBarkatu,

        You responded well and I second your statement about how we shouldn’t take the Prophets Mosque as a place of worship. Don’t worry about the negatives, not everyone has correct Aqeeda unfortunatley.

    • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      May 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      No idea Gibran why people voted your comment down. But then it is public controlled and we can’t change it unfortunately.

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        Gibran

        May 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
        Aly-
        Wasn’t asking you to at all, where did you get that idea? It was clearly just a general question. Fatima’s answer makes sense.

        Yes, Barelvis didn’t invent it sajid, Fatima did not say it was invented by Barelvis, so why are you insinuating that she did? There are numerous hadith that make it clear this is completely haram and no amount of love for Allah and His Messenger will justify disobedience.

        May the love of the people who support these grave structures never be accepted until they obey Allah and His Messenger.

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      Hassan

      May 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      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

        May 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

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

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          Gibran

          May 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

          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

            November 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

            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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    Yasmin

    May 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Jazakallah khair for this very interesting and fascinating post!

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    sana

    May 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

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

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      Sam

      September 9, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      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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        TUI

        November 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        If you are Arabs talking to people that speak Arabic then yeah. But if you are talking to people of different faiths they wont have no clue what a “masjid” is… so you should say MOSQUE.

        You shouldn’t “avoid” that, you make it sound like its harram

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        raza

        March 31, 2016 at 6:26 AM

        So true plz dont change the words for sake some people teach your children proper like masjid should be masjid and Ramzan should be ramzan nor Ramdan but to help and for understanding other some time we can use in ( )

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    Gemal

    May 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Alhamidullah, beautiful article, thank you brother

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    WAJiD

    May 25, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    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

      May 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      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

        May 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        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

          May 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM

          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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          sakib

          June 3, 2019 at 7:18 AM

          Whats your Web site?

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      Abdullah

      May 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      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

      December 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      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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    UH

    May 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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

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    M. Khan

    May 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

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

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    sajid

    May 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    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

      May 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      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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        sajid

        May 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Salam

        Simply click on my name above or click http://holyhijaz.wordpress.com

        sajid

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          WAJiD

          May 27, 2013 at 4:20 AM

          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

            May 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

            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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      Nisa

      January 1, 2017 at 1:41 AM

      Asalam o alaikum, just returned from umrah. It was impossible for me and my daughter to reach riyadul janah, women are misbehaving and even few died ! We didn’t have enough time so could not try to go again , we prayed on red carpet and now I’m v sad .

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    Ahmed

    May 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    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

      May 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      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.

      • WAJiD

        WAJiD

        May 27, 2013 at 4:17 AM

        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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    Arif Khalil

    May 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    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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      Dreamlife

      May 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      We saw that too, though I don’t remember the full story behind it.

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        abu Hamza

        January 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        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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    wycliffe hili

    May 28, 2013 at 4:28 AM

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

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    Fatima

    May 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    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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    Jeddah Blog

    May 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Can the author kindly get in touch with us at Jeddah Blog as I would be very interested in this information for our readers.

    http://www.jeddah-blog.com

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    Khadijah

    May 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    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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    Abu Huzaifa

    June 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Assalamualaikum

    We have done some research to uncover some of the lesser known places in Masjid-e-Nabwi and documented them here: http://www.islamiclandmarks.com/saudi/madinah/masjid_e_nabwi/the_city_of_madinah.html

    Jazakallahu Khair

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    mir

    June 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Great article. Keep them coming!

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    Mir Taqi

    June 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    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.

    • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      June 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      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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    S.A.IMAM

    June 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Assalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa barakatuhu

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

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    Samira

    June 21, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    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.

    • Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      Muhammad Wajid Akhter

      June 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      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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    shamsher aalam

    August 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM

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

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    Ayesha

    October 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnSwYW17lSc. You can visit this to see the column deacription

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    Prayer times

    November 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Very interesting. Thanks :)

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    Fatou Binetou

    November 27, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    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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    Abu Hamza

    January 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    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

      March 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      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

        May 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

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

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      masroor ahmed

      April 11, 2014 at 5:48 AM

      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

        May 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        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

      May 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      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

        May 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        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

        May 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        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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      Mrs Ali

      October 4, 2015 at 7:31 PM

      Asalamualaikum wr wb, have you compiled your research in book form yet? looking forward to reading it iA

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        Abu Hamza

        December 9, 2015 at 6:05 AM

        walikum slam … book was ready last year but then some brothers insist to add Magahzi ul Nabi Places..( travelling of Prophet ) and this is a big topic , hundreds of places, so i have to pull out the photos, narrations, historical back ground present day situation etc from my stuff.. which is taking time ..hopefully by next year inShALLh it will be ready.

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      Shiraz Khan

      October 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      Jazak-Allah brother… pls share your website or pls msg me on facebook.. http://www.facebook.com/shirazrk or email me your website where you will / have upload(ed) the information. email me at shiraz_raza_khan@yahoo.com

      Inshaallah, you will get nothing but success !!!!

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    Tricia Bell

    April 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Who is the prophet?

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    Tricia Bell

    April 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    And why is there such a big fuss/deal about him?

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      WAJiD

      April 18, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      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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        Shorab

        May 31, 2016 at 11:32 PM

        Clear, concise and excellent response Alhamdullilah

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    Amina Amir

    July 17, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    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

      August 1, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      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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    Ali

    July 26, 2014 at 5:45 AM

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

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    Ebrahim

    July 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    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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      Muhammad kabir

      April 18, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      Assalamu alaikum!
      really an intriguing and informative platform, Jazakal Allahu bi khair ya majid.
      @Ebrahim ” Every prophet is buried where he died”
      that is true but Isa (AS) is not coming back as prophet but as a follower of the Rasul (SAW). so he may not necessarily die at that location. walLahu a’alam

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    Umm Musa

    December 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    SubhanAllah. Why is no one allowed to see inside?

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    rm

    January 3, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Salaam
    very educational and easy to grasp.

    Many thanks

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      Blafut

      September 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM

      You are right. It helped me alot as well.

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    Tawfique

    January 3, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    There are a lot of mistakes in this article and it should be corrected, like the people going into the hujrah in 1970. This is baseless and the masjid’s main scholars and caretakers are my personal friends and so are the masjid’s royal guards. Many of these matters mentioned in this article are not matters that are verified and it is conjecture. I would ask that things like this be verified better and the author do more authoritative research before making comments and claims. Wallahu alim.

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      WAJiD

      December 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      Walaikum asalaam,

      Thank you for your concerns.

      The article is fully referenced. Unfortunately, being in the vicinity of history does not make one knowledgeable of it which explains why – like you – I have not been able to rely on the caretakers or the guards for the information collected here.

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      abuHamza

      December 13, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      Tawfique: “There are a lot of mistakes”
      Asslamualikum , could you please mention those “alot of mistakes”?? people entering Hujra does not mean entering in Chamber, i believe i simple means entering in Green fence area, and that still people do, like Khuddams, Aghwat for cleaning and stuff.
      Regards,

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      abuHamza

      December 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      Tawfique: “There are a lot of mistakes”
      Asslamualikum , could you please mention those “a lot of mistakes”?? people entering Hujra does not mean entering in Chamber, i believe it simple means entering in Green fence area, and that still people do, like Khuddams, Aghwat for cleaning and stuff.
      Regards,

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    Aftab

    January 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Good, informative article.

    In your research, please also include some info on the peculiarity on the dome as discussed at http://almiskeenah.com/archives/11912

    Also if you see the new extended portion of the mosque (behind the old Turkish construction) is slightly angled compared to the front portion. Why this deviation ? it actually changes the direction of the people offering prayers by a very small angle.

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    abdu mohammed

    July 5, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    subhanallah let’s see miracle of allah

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    Mohammed Lambat

    August 18, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    When will the article of secret signs be written?

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      WAJiD

      December 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      Walaikum asalaam,

      I deliver it as a presentation and am currently working on it. InshaAllah it will be available in 2016.

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    Saf

    October 7, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    It is forbidden for a masjid to encompass *any* grave. InshaAllah the structural changes and extensions will one day be reversed. If anyone is aware of a restoration campaign, please let me know.

    And what’s with these “secret symbols”? Dear Lord, don’t let it be anything shirk-y.

    *sigh*

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      WAJiD

      December 11, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      Walaikum asalaam,

      “And what’s with these “secret symbols”? Dear Lord, don’t let it be anything shirk-y.”

      Thank you for making me smile…

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    Satti

    December 22, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Turks did most of the damage to islam. They are in middle of two civilizations n they tried to mix them both. Concept of eid milad came from Christmas n building tombs on sahaba and sufis’s grave . If u look at the old cemeteries in Europe u will see high graves some with tombs. Now even west has corrected themselves according to teachings of Islam by making grave simple.

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    Fizraa Fayaz

    January 19, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    I wanted to know about whose janazah did prophet ( PBUH ) attend in masjid nab a with ??

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    Fizraa Fayaz

    January 19, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    * masjid nabawi.

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    Rehan

    March 18, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    SUBHANALLAH its really nice blog i love it and i love Muhammad s.a.w..

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    Muhammad Ibn Salah Al Deen

    April 14, 2016 at 4:57 AM

    Jazakallah Khair for the informative discussion.
    Is there any video or image of the resting place of beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?

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      WAJiD

      April 14, 2016 at 3:11 PM

      Walaikum asalaam br Muhammad,

      No, there is no video of the resting place of the Prophet (SAW.) The inner chamber where the grave is located has not been opened in more than 800 years. The room itself has been opened but not the inner chamber.

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    Abdulshikur Mubarek

    April 22, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    aselwaleykum yaresulullah/S A W/
    YARESULULLAH when you call me medinnah to visit you.
    YARESULULAH MISS YOU FROM HABESHA/Ethiopia/ home of SEYDINA BILLAL/R.A/

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    Naimuddin saifi

    September 8, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    it is a great article I am reading

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    Yousra

    September 18, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Mashaa Allah.
    I didn’t know this before❤
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    January 25, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Masjid e Nabawi has six (6) Mehrabs, you’ve listed only 3. The names of these mehrabs are
    Mahrab e Nabawi
    Mehrabi e Uthmani
    Mehrab e Suleimani
    Mehrab e Tahajjud
    Mehrab e Fatimah
    Mehrab e Bait ul-Muqaddas

    Source: https://madainproject.com/mehrabs_of_masjid_al_nabawi

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Torment And Tears: The Emotional Experience of Tawbah

Have you ever had that moment where, all of a sudden, you remember something that you said or did in the past, the severity of which you only realized later on?

That sharp inhalation, shortness of breath, the flush of humiliation, the sick lurching in the pit of your stomach as you recall hurtful words, or an action that was so clearly displeasing to Allah… it is a very physical reaction, a recoiling from your own past deeds.

It may not even be the first time you think about those actions, it may not even be the first time to make istighfaar because of them… but sometimes, it may be the first time that you really and truly feel absolutely sickened at the realization of the gravity of it all. It might not even have been a ‘big deal’ – perhaps it was a cruel joke to a sensitive friend, or not having fulfilled a promise that was important to someone, or betraying a secret that you didn’t think was all that serious.

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And yet… and yet, at this moment, your memory of that action is stark and gut-wrenching.

It is a deeply unpleasant feeling.

It is also a very necessary one.

The Act of Tawbah

Tawbah – seeking forgiveness from Allah – is something that we speak about, especially in Ramadan, the month of forgiveness. However, it is also something that we tend to speak about in general terms, or write off as something simple – “Just say astaghfirAllah and don’t do it again.”

In truth, tawbah is about much more than muttering istighfaar under your breath. It is a process, an emotional experience, one that engages your memory, your soul, and your entire body.

The first step of tawbah is to recognize the sin – whether seemingly small or severe – and to understand just how wrong it was. Each and every one of our deeds is written in our book of deeds; each and every deed will be presented to us on the Day of Judgment for us to be held accountable for. There are times when we say things so casually that it doesn’t even register to us how we could be affecting the person we’ve spoken to.

As RasulAllah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) once told A’ishah raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her),

“You have said a word which would change the sea (i.e. poison or contaminate it) if it were mixed in it.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

The second step is to feel true remorse. It’s not enough to rationally acknowledge that action as being sinful; one must feel guilt, remorse, and grief over having committed it.

Tawbah is to feel that sucker-punch of humiliation and guilt as we recall our sins: not just the mildly awkward ones, like a petty fib or mild infraction, but the genuinely terrible parts of ourselves… ugly lies, vicious jealousy, violations against others’ rights, abuse.

Some of us may be actual criminals – others of us may seem presentable on the outside, even religious, maybe even spiritual… and yet have violated others in terrible ways. Abuse comes in so many forms, and some of us are perpetrators, not just victims.

Facing that reality can be a gruesome process. 

It is a necessary process. Token words, glib recitation of spiritual formulae, those do not constitute tawbah in its entirety. Rather, it is a matter of owning up to our violations, experiencing genuine emotion over them – true humiliation, true regret – and striving not to be that person ever again. 

Much as we hate to admit it, we have our own fair share of red flags that we create and wave, even before we get into the nasty business of committing the worst of our sins. Tawbah isn’t just feeling bad for those Big Sins – it’s to recognize what led us to them to begin with.

It requires us to acknowledge our own flaws of character, of the ease with which we fall into certain behaviours, the way we justify the pursuit of our desires, the blindness we have to the worst parts of ourselves. Tawbah is to sit down and face all of it – and then to beg Allah, over and over, not just to forgive us and erase those specific actions, but to change us for the better. 

This experience is so much more powerful than a mere “I’m sorry,” or “omg, that was awful”; it is an act that embodies our submission to Allah because it requires us to make ourselves incredibly emotionally vulnerable, and in that moment, to experience a deep pain and acknowledge our wrongdoing. It is to hold your heart out to Allah and to beg Him, with every fiber of your being, with tears in your eyes, with a lump in your throat, wracked with regret, to please, please, please forgive you – because without it, without His Mercy and His Forgiveness and His Gentleness and His Love towards us, we have no hope and we will be utterly destroyed.

Surah Araf Verse 23

{Rabbanaa thalamnaa anfusanaa, wa illam taghfir lanaa wa tar’hamnaa, lanakunanna mina’l Khaasireen!}

{Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers!} (Qur’an 7:23)

This experience of tawbah is powerful, emotional, and heartbreaking. It is meant to be. It is a reminder to us of how truly dependent we are upon our Lord and our Creator, how nothing else in our lives can give us joy or a sense of peace if He is displeased with us. It is a reminder to us of how deeply we crave His Love, of how desperately we need it, of how His Pleasure is the ultimate goal of our existence.

Finally, there is the step of resolving never to commit that sin again, to redress the wrongs if possible, and to follow up the bad deed with a good one.

The vow is one we make to ourselves, asking Allah’s help to uphold it – because we are incapable of doing anything at all without His Permission; the righting of wrongs is what we do to correct our transgression against others’ rights over us, although there are times when we may well be unable to seek another individual’s forgiveness, whether because of distance, death, or otherwise; and the good deeds to undertake as penance are numerous, whether they be sadaqah or increased ‘ebaadah.

But it doesn’t end there. And it never will.

Tawbah is not a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is not even a once-a-year event, or once a month, or once a week. It is meant to be a daily experience, a repeated occurrence, in the earliest hours of the morning, in the depths of the last third of the night, during your lunch break or your daily commute or in the middle of a social gathering.

Tawbah is a lifelong journey, for who amongst us doesn’t commit mistakes and errors every day?

All we can do is beg of Allah not only for His Forgiveness, but also: {Allahumma ij’alnaa min at-tawwaabeen.} – O Allah, make us amongst those who are constantly engaging in repentance!

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Moonsighting Gone Wrong, Again.

Moonsighting is just not working out.

Atleast not for our community here in the Toronto area. As I speak to my friends in other large (read: fragmented) communities, such as those in the UK, I hear similar tales of confusion, anxiety and horror. The problem in these communities stems from the fact that there are numerous moonsighting organizations in the same area, all following different methodologies for declaring Eid and Ramadan. This naturally results in a catastrophe and Muslims from the same family living in the same city are forced to celebrate the holidays on different days.

To give you a taste of how (and why) things went wrong in this year’s Ramadan declaration, here’s a summary highlighting the series of events as they unfolded. (Reminder: Ramadan was expected to start on Friday, April 24th or Saturday, April 25th 2020 in North America)

  • Wednesday, April 22, 10: 13 pm EST: Crescent Council of Canada (CC) declares Ramadan to start on Friday, 24th April based on the fact that it received no reports of moonsighting sighting on Wednesday night. This committee follows global moonsighting and it declared Ramadan so early because it was already the 29th of Shaban based on the lunar calendar it follows (for most of North America, the 29th of Shaban was to be on Thursday). So, starting Ramadan on Saturday was simply not an option for the group (as it would have meant observing 31 days of Shaban). Also to note is that this group gives precedence to official declarations from authorities from Muslim-majority countries, even if these declarations conflict predictions of visibility charts and astronomical calculations. It argues that testimony of witnesses takes precedence in the sharia over astronomical data.
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 7:27 pm EST : The Hilal Council of Canada (HC), another committee in the area that follows global sighting, states that there has not been any sighting of the moon in any country, including South and Central America (it is past sunset in most of the Muslim world by now). The committee decides that it will wait till sundown in California to receive the final reports before making a declaration. Confusion starts spreading in the community as one organization has already declared Ramadan while another claims no one in the Muslim world saw the moon. Note that HC does not accept moonsighting reports if they contradict astronomical data.
  • 8:39 pm: Confusion continues. The CC claims that Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, Turkey and a host of Muslim countries have declared Ramadan. The committee thus feels validated in its original declaration which it made on Wednesday night.
  • 8:48 pm: More confusion: California-based CrescentWatch.org also claims that moonsighting reports from the Middle-East and Africa are all negative. People naturally start wondering how so many countries supposedly declared Ramadan if there were no positive sightings.
  • 9:40 pm: The Hilal Committee of Toronto and Vicinity, the oldest moonsighting group in the city, declares Ramadan to start on Saturday the 25th of April. Since the committee did not receive any positive reports by sunset from areas in its jurisdiction, it declared Ramadan to commence on Saturday. This committee follows local moonsighting and doesn’t rely on reports from the Muslim-world. Two of the three major moonsighting groups in the city have declared Ramadan on different days at this time. Residents are confused whether to fast the next day or pray tarweeh as its almost Isha time.
  • 11:11 pm: The HC finally declares Ramadan to start the next day, i.e. Friday, based on confirmed reports from California. Mosques following the HC advice to pray tarawih – an hour after Isha time had already entered. After an anxiety filled and frustrating evening, residents finally know the positions of the various moonsighting groups in the city. Now they just have to decide which one to follow!
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This baffling circus of contradictory declarations is nothing new; it has become a yearly occurrence. Last year we saw the exact same series of events unfold and the same confusion spread throughout the community; it is entirely expected that the same will happen again in future years.

Our leadership has decided that it is acceptable to put the average Muslim through this nerve-racking experience every year. For Eid declarations, the experience is far worse as thousands are often waiting till midnight to decide whether to go work the next day or send their children to school. The stress and anxiety this decision causes for the average person year after year is simply unacceptable.

Popular advice in these situations has been to ‘follow your local masjid’. However, this idea is impractical for large communities where there are numerous local mosques, all following various opinions. It is also impractical for the thousands who simply don’t frequent the mosque and are not tied to a particular organization. The layperson just wants to know the dates for Ramadan and Eid; it is an undue burden on them to research the strength of various legal opinions just to know when to celebrate a religious holiday with their families.

Only one way forward: astronomical calculations

There have been numerous sincere attempts to solve these long-standing problems associated with moonsighting over the past 50 years – all have failed. I have documented in detail these attempts, the reasons for their failure and argued for the only viable solution to this problem: astronomical calculations.

Since its introduction in 2006, Fiqh Council of North America’s calculations-based lunar calendar has proven to be the definitive solution for communities struggling to resolve the yearly moonsighting debacle. An example of such a resolution is the 2015 agreement by some of the leading mosques in the Chicago area who put aside their differences and united behind FCNA’s calendar. This approach has brought ease and facilitation for the religious practice of thousands of Muslims in that community.

While the use of calculations has been a minority position in Islam’s legal history, it has a sound basis in the shariah [1] and has been supported by towering figures of the past such as Imam Zakariya al-Ansari and Imam Ramli. Given the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in now, it is incumbent on scholars of today to revisit this position as a means of providing much needed relief to the masses from this lunar quagmire.

References:

[1]  From SeekersGuidance: Scholars upholding this can be traced all the way back to the first Islamic century. The textual basis for this opinion is the hadith narrated by al-Bukhari, “When you see it [the new moon of Ramadan] then fast; and when you see it [the new moon of Shawwal], then break the fast. If it is hidden from you (ghumma ‘alaykum) [i.e. if the sky is overcast] then estimate it (fa-qdiru lahu);” (al-Bukhari, hadith no. 1900). The last verb, fa-qdiru, can be validly understood to mean calculation. Of the scholars who held this, are Abu al-‘Abbas b. Surayj (d. 306/918), one of the leading founders of the classical Shafi‘i school, the Shafi‘i scholar and renowned mystic Abu al-Qasim al-Qushayri (d. 465/1072), the leading Shafi‘i judge Taqi al-Din al-Subki (d. 756/1355), the Shafi‘i legal theorist al-Zarkashi (d. 794/1392), the renowned Maliki legal theorist al-Qarafi (d. 684/1285), and some Hanafi scholars. The late Shafi‘i commentator al-Qalyubi (d. 1069/1659) held that all sighting-claims must be rejected if calculations show that a sighting was impossible, stating, “This is manifestly obvious. In such a case, a person may not fast. Opposing this is obstinacy and stubbornness.” See al-Mawsu‘ah al-fiqhiyyah al-kuwaytiyyah, c.v. “Ru’yat al-hilal,” vol. 22, pp. 31-4. The leading scholar of the late Shāfi‘ī school Muhammad al-Ramli (d. 1004/1596) held that the expert astronomer was obliged to follow his own calculation as was the non-astronomer who believed him; this position has been used by some contemporary Shafi’i scholars to state that in the modern world, with its precise calculations, the strongest opinion of the Shafi’i school should be that everyone must follow calculations; see ‘Umar b. al-Habib al-Husayni, Fath al-‘ali fi jam‘ al-khilaf bayna Ibn Hajar wa-Ibn al-Ramli, ed. Shifa’ Hitu (Jeddah: Dar al-Minhaj, 2010), pp. 819-22. See also the fatwa of the Hanafi scholar Dr Salah Abu al-Hajj (http://www.anwarcenter.com/fatwa/معنى-حديث-لا-تصوموا-حتى-تروا-الهلال-ول) last accessed 9/5/2016) which states, after arguing against relying on calculations, “However, the position of [following] calculations is the position of a considerable group of jurists, so it is a respected disagreement in Islamic law, whereby, if a state were to adopt it, it is not rejected, because the judgment of a judge removes disagreement, and the adoption of a state is [as] the judgment of a judge.

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COVID19: Calling The Conscientious

Violating borders, scaling every wall and traveling faster than a rumor, COVID19 is now around nearly everywhere. It has reduced nations and societies, low and mighty, to their knees, demoted all preoccupations to insignificance and is threatening to torch everyone in its path.

The imperial hubris of nations, with and without nuclear weapons has crumbled. Mighty militaries have been reduced to mere spectators. Borders are closed. Markets have tumbled. Even the gods amongst humans – rulers, monarchs, dictators, religious heads, generals, billionaires, movie stars, icons of sports and music –have been forced to recede from the limelight. Neither they are in control nor can they perform. All of them are forced to surrender by an unseen microscopic speck with an insatiable appetite to devour humankind, bit-by-bit, part by part.

A pre-COVID19 world is now a blurred memory. It was not long ago that we were a different planet and a different people. Neither hand-sanitizers nor masks were precious enough to purchase let alone hoard, or even think about. YouTube was popular but not so much for videos on how to wash hands or what to do when self-quarantined. And, shaking hands were a norm and we used to respond with a “bless you” to our neighbor’s cough or sneeze.

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That was pre-COVID19.

Places of worship are already shut down and airports, train stations and shipping ports are shutting down. Boulevards and avenues are eerily silent. Shopping malls and theaters stand abandoned.

This is post-COVID19.

Yet, there are flashes of hope and inspiration. Medical professionals and health care workers are fighting to save mankind, a patient a time. Our ill equipped and fatigued hospitals are abodes of our new heroes and true patriots. And no less are trash collectors, grocery workers, truck drivers, postal workers, fruit pickers among others whom we took for granted all along.

Covid-19 is not just the biggest story of our time, it is the only story.

Amidst a piercing cacophony of politicians’ press conferences and public interest advisories, we cannot afford to miss out the soft whispers of COVID19.

It is telling us to pay more attention to the under-estimated meaningful over the hyper-marketed mundane. Its whispers remind us to remember that we are but a mere mortal. We are reminded in the Quran that God made us from a mere speck (40:67).

Not, too long ago, we seldom had to remind ourselves that we are human. Not too long ago we could afford to be enemies of ourselves. Humans were enemies of humans, fighting and taking life of those considered ‘others’. We fostered division … “them” and “us,” “citizens” and “illegals.” COVID19 has spoken: no more. We stoked exclusion … “black, brown and white,” “conservative and liberal,” and “urban and rural.” COVID19 has spoken: no more.

In its sweeping trail of destruction, COVID19, is imploring us — harness my power to cause dread in each one of you, across borders, across genders, across races — and unite. COVID19 is challenging us: find a common cause against me. When any of you find an antidote against me, may that be a reason for your coming together, even if right now I have forced you to stay away from each other – six feet part.

COVID19 is an equal opportunity and a non-discriminating enemy, which will kill no matter how we worship, what we eat, where we live. One touch strikes all with equal precision.

Today, as we face an existential threat from a mortal molecular foe, we must remind ourselves about what matters most, our humanity and not our race and nationality.

The truth is that long before COVID19 struck us, we were sick. We spread viruses; hate and bigotry, we held thoughts of xenophobia for those who did not deserve it. We wallowed in bias and built echo chambers. COVID19 exposed all of our pre-COVID19 shortcomings.

Coronavirus will kill us for a while, but then in the end, we will overpower it. But before that happens, all the human deaths would be in vain if we don’t realize that in a world of such threats, we never needed to have been at each other’s throats.

In fear and panic, people resort to extreme behavior, it amazes us with their capacity for wisdom and kindness, or stupidity and cruelty. COVID19 is beseeching us to reclaim and regain our humanity of compassion and kindness. It is telling us to come together to fight our common battles. It is forcing us to wash our hands of all sins of our past and then lock our hearts and hands and build a world where meaning must matter more than the mundane.

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