Medinah mosque’s rich history

Time: May 27, 2019  

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Many Islamic historical sites and monuments in the heart of Medinah are popular with visitors during the holy month.
Among the favorites is Al-Qiblatayn Mosque, built by the sons of Sawad bin Ghanem ibn Kaab during the Prophet’s covenant in the second Hijra year.
Since then the mosque has been known as the Al-Qiblatayn Mosque because the Prophet prayed first facing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and then before the Grand Mosque.
Renovations of the mosque were postponed until the Saudi era when King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud ordered its renovation, expansion and the construction of a surrounding wall in 1350 AH.
During the reign of King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the mosque was demolished and rebuilt. The area in which the mosque is located has been redesigned and expanded using the latest technology and engineering designs, with an architectural touch of Islamic character.
(Photo courtesy: SPA)

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The Quba Mosque 

22/05/19

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Religion

Affiliation

Islam

Province

Al Madinah

Region

Hejaz

Location

Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates

24°26′21″N 39°37′02″E / 24.43917°N 39.61722°ECoordinates: 24°26′21″N39°37′02″E / 24.43917°N 39.61722°E

Architecture

Type

Mosque

Completed

622 (original)
1986 (current)

Specifications

Dome(s)

6

Minaret(s)

4 (current)
1 (original)

The Quba Mosque (Arabic: مَـسْـجِـد قُـبَـاء‎, romanized: Masjid Qubā’) is a mosque in the outlying environs of Medina, Saudi Arabia.Quba mosque was built six kilometer off Medina in village of Quba, which is currently part of Medina. Depending on whether the Mosque of the Companions in the Eritrean city of Massawa is older or not, it may be the first mosque in the world that dates to the lifetime of the Islamic Nabi (Prophet) Muhammad in the 7th century CE.According to legend, its first stones were positioned by Muhammad as soon as he arrived on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina,and the mosque was completed by his companions. Muhammad spent 14 days in this mosque praying qaṣr (Arabic: قَـصْـر‎, a short prayer) while waiting for Ali to arrive in Medina, after the latter stayed behindin Mecca to carry out a couple of tasks entrusted to him by the Prophet.

According to Islamic tradition, performing Wuḍū’ (‘Ablution’) in one’s home then offering two Rakaʿāt of Nafl (Optional) prayers in the Quba Mosque is equal to performing one ʿUmrah. Muhammad used to go there, riding or on foot, every Saturday and offer a two rakaʿāt-prayer. He advised others to do the same, saying, “Whoever makes ablutions at home and then goes and prays in the Mosque of Quba, he will have a reward like that of an ‘Umrah.”This ḥadīth was reported by Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Al-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Hakim al-Nishaburi.

Architecture

The mosque as it appears from an adjacent road

When Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil was commissioned, in the 20th century, to conceive a larger mosque, he intended to incorporate the old structure into his design. But the old mosque was torn down and replaced with a new one.

The new mosque consists of a rectangular prayer hall raised on a second story platform. The prayer hall connects to a cluster containing residential areas, offices, ablution facilities, shops and a library.

Six additional entrances are dispersed on the northern, eastern and western façades. Four minarets mark the corners of the prayer hall. The minarets rest on square bases, have octagonal shafts which take on a circular shape as they reach the top.

Prayer hall

The prayer hall is arranged around a central courtyard, characterised by six large domes resting on clustered columns. A portico, which is two bays in depth, borders the courtyard on the east and west, while a one-bayed portico borders it on the north, and separates it from the women’s prayer area.

The women’s prayer area, which is surrounded by a screen , is divided into two parts as a passageway connects the northern entrance with the courtyard.

When Quba Mosque was rebuilt in 1986, the Medina architecture was retained – ribbed white domes, and basalt facing and modest exterior – qualities that recalls Madina’s simplicity. The courtyard, is flagged with black, red and white marble. It is screened overhead by day from the scorching heat with shades. Arabesque latticework filters the light of the palm groves outside. Elements of the new building include work by the Egyptian architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil and the Stuttgart tensile architect Mahmoud Bodo Rasch, a student of Frei Otto.

Landmarks

  • Waterfountain
  • Masjid Dirar (previously)

Imams and Khateebs of Masjid Quba 1) Sheikh Dr. Salih al Maghamsi 2) Sheikh Dr. Imaad Zuhayr Haafidh 3) Sheikh Dr. Ahmad bin Ali al Hudhaify

Mentions

In hadith

The merits of Masjid Quba are mentioned in nineteen Sahih al-Bukhari hadiths; thirteen Sahih Muslim hadiths; two Sunan Abu Dawood hadiths; six Al-Muwatta hadiths.

Muhammad frequented the mosque and prayed there. This is referred to in a number of hadith:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Dinar: Ibn ‘Umar said, “The Prophet used to go to the Mosque of Quba every Saturday (sometimes) walking and (sometimes) riding.” ‘Abdullah (Ibn ‘Umar) used to do the same

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet used to go to the Mosque of Quba (sometimes) walking and sometimes riding. Added Nafi (in another narration), “He then would offer two Rakat (in the Mosque of Quba).”

— Collected by Muhammad al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 21, Number 285

In the Qur’an

It is believed to be the mosque which the Qur’an mentions as being founded on piety and devoutness (Masjid al-Taqwa):

Never stand (to pray) there (referring to a place of worship in which the hypocrites had used for harm and disbelief, as mentioned in the previous ayah). A place of worship which was founded upon duty (to Allah) from the first day is more worthy that thou should stand (to pray) therein, wherein are men who love to purify themselves. Allah loveth the purifiers.

 

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400 prayer rugs for Makkah’s Grand Mosque cleaned daily during Ramadan

Time: May 22, 2019  

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A dedicated laundry facility with 20 trained workers cleans 400 prayer rugs every day during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons.
  • A dedicated laundry facility with 20 trained workers cleans 400 prayer rugs every day during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons

MAKKAH: After nearly two decades of importing prayer rugs for the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia established dedicated factories at home to manufacture and clean rugs for the largest mosque in the world.
A dedicated laundry facility with 20 trained workers cleans 400 prayer rugs every day during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons, according to Nayef Al-Jahdali, director of the Department of Cleansing and Carpet at the Grand Mosque.
Al-Jahdali said workers use a special machine to remove dust from the rugs, then environmentally friendly shampoo and perfumes are applied before the rugs are rinsed.
They are placed inside industrial driers for two minutes, then dried under the sun for 24 hours before being moved to warehouses. A special department is responsible for repairing damaged rugs.
Belgium, Germany and Lebanon manufactured rugs for the Grand Mosque before the Kingdom opened its own rug-cleaning facilities in 2000.

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Makkah’s Grand Mosque library contains 30,000 books

Time: May 22, 2019

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The library contains rare books dating back to the second Hijri century. (SPA)
  • The library was re-inaugurated in 1434 Hijri to boost the religious mission of the Two Holy Mosques, and to guide visitors and pilgrims

MAKKAH: The library of Makkah’s Grand Mosque is considered a beacon of knowledge, covering an area of 1,000 square meters and containing 30,000 books and 5,600 titles.

The library, which has 15 sections, offers digital, audio and internet services. It contains rare books dating back to the Hijri second century, including “Al-Mustatab,” “Majmaa Al-Anhur Fi Sharh Multaqa Al-Abhur” and “Al-Ashbah Wal Nazaer.”

The library was re-inaugurated in 1434 Hijri to boost the religious mission of the Two Holy Mosques, and to guide visitors and pilgrims.

It aims to highlight Islamic culture, develop the skills of researchers and its employees, and procure religious books.

It also aims to establish a scientific center and a world-class cultural and knowledge center, based around a central library of 20 million titles.

The library has enough reading spaces for both men and women, children’s desk services, translation and research centers, high-tech storage, delivery and receipt of folders, special collections and multimedia tools, as well as specialized services of the library with the latest scientific means, a manuscripts and digital library, a department for rehabilitation and restoration of ancient manuscripts and adequate administrative space.

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Three historical mosques in Hail to be restored under Saudi crown prince project

Time: May 21, 2019

Three mosques in the region of Hail have joined the first phase of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Project for Developing Historical Mosques in the Kingdom as part of 30 historic mosques
  • The first phase of the Hail mosques started with Al-Jarad Mosque, Qafar Mosque and Al-Jal’ud Mosque
  • The project is supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

RIYADH: Three mosques in the region of Hail have joined the first phase of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Project for Developing Historical Mosques in the Kingdom, joining 30 historic mosques in 10 regions at a total cost of the first phase of more than SAR50 million ($13.3 million).
The project is supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) represented by “Restoration of Historic Mosques” in partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
The first phase of the Hail mosques started with Al-Jarad Mosque, Qafar Mosque and Al-Jal’ud Mosque at a total cost of SAR6,211,000.
Al-Jarad Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the historic town of Maghaydah and dates back to 1862 and was restored in 1962.
Prayer services continued in the mosque until 1991.
Prominent imams of the mosque include Abdul Aziz Rashid Al-Jamil, Salem Nasser Al-Jamil and Abdullah Hilal Al-Jamil.
Al-Jarad Mosque is built with mud and stone with a wooden roof. It covers 450 square meters and can accommodate 192 worshipers. It consists of the prayer area which is located in the central part of the mosque with an area of 90 square meters.
Al-Khalwah is an underground prayer area located in the southern part of the mosque with an area of 90 square meters. Al-Sarhah is the open area that lies north of the mosque with an area of 212 square meters, in addition to two entrances located in the northern and southern façades.
Qafar Mosque is located in the village of Qafar, which dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century.
The mosque was founded by Ruqayyah Bint Abdullah after the death of her husband. The mosque was renovated in 1965, where Friday prayers were held and people would come from nearby villages to pray in it.
Qafar Mosque is also built with mud and stone with a wooden roof. The total area of the mosque is 638 square meters and can accommodate 500 worshipers. The prayer area is located in the south of the mosque with an area of 175 square meters. Al-Sarha, which is the open courtyard, is located on the north side of the mosque. It is located on the north side of the mosque with an area of 300 square meters and a modern prayer area with an area of 178 square meters.
The mosque has a rectangular 8-meter-minaret as well as two depots southeast of the mosque.
A modern prayer area was built inside Al-Sarha in 1991, where prayer is held at the present time. Prominent imams of the mosque include Rashid Al-Salami, Sulaiman Rashid Al-Salami, Mohammad Iss+a Al-Khurais and Abdullah Nasser Al-Ghaithi. The present imam is Abdulmuhsin Al-Khwair.
Al-Jal’ud Mosque is located in the province of Samira, south-east of Hail. It dates back to the year eighteenth century and is a station on the pilgrimage route.
Al-Jal’ud Mosque is also built with mud and stone with a wooden roof with a total area of 227 square meters and accommodates up to 120 worshipers. The prayer area is in the middle of the mosque and is about 80 square meters. The mosque was rebuilt in 1928.
Ahmed bin Rajaa Al-Shammari, of SCTH, stressed that the directives approved the implementation of the first phase of the project on time and that the implementation should be of the highest quality.

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1,300 volunteers helping pilgrims at Prophet’s Mosque

Time: May 11, 2019  

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35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams. (SPA)
  • 35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams

MADINAH: More than 1,300 volunteers are providing assistance around the clock to pilgrims at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan.
Their efforts are part of a volunteering plan designed to provide health and humanitarian services to visitors. It was adopted by the president of the Saudi Red Crescent.
Khalid Al-Sahli, the official spokesman of the Saudi Red Crescent in Madinah, said that the plan includes seven advanced medical posts at the mosque during peak times, and others on the roads leading to it and in Madinah. In addition, 35 emergency centers have been set up in the region, staffed by more than 45 advanced paramedic teams.

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Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Ministry activates smart mosques system

Time: May 03, 2019  

The ministry has completed the activation of the smart mosques system. (SPA)
  • The smart mosque system will be activated in 300 mosques in the coming weeks

MADINAH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs’ branch in Madinah has completed the activation of the smart mosques system.

This aims to use state-of-the-art digital systems to monitor mosques in all parts of the Kingdom quickly and accurately.

The initiative allows imams and congregates to convey their observations to the ministry through a device installed in each mosque, via an encrypted smart data panel using the Quick Response (QR) code.

The smart mosque system will be activated in 300 mosques in the coming weeks, while the 1,700 remaining mosques will follow gradually.

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Al-Jubeir attends Christchurch memorial to honor victims of mosque attack

Time: March 29, 2019  

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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir at the Christchurch memorial. (Supplied)
  • Some 20,000 people attended the high-security event
  • Al-Jubeir met with families of victims and injured Saudi nationals

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir attended a national memorial service in Christchurch to honor the 50 victims of the March 15 mosque terrorist attack.

Some 20,000 people attended the high-security event at the city’s Hagley Park, including dozens of Islamic leaders, government representatives and Australian prime minister Scott Morison.

At the service, Al-Jubeir met with some family members of the victims, as well as the two injured Saudi nationals Khalid Al-Shadukhi and Aseel Al-Ansari.

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Al-Jubeir also met with New Zealand officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters, and Governor-General Patsy Reddy.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed thousands of the memorial attendees, who gave her a warm standing ovation.

“Our challenge now is to make the very best of us a daily reality. Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been,” Ardern said, in a native Maori cloak known as kakahu.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (AFP)

“But we can be the nation that discovers the cure. And so to each of us as we go from here, we have work to do,” she said, while also adding the world had to end the vicious cycle of extremism and that it needed a global effort.
“The answer to them lies in a simple concept that is not bound by domestic borders, that isn’t based on ethnicity, power-base or even forms of governance. The answer lies in our humanity,” she said.

(With Reuters)

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The Mosque of the Jinn

23 March 2019

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The Mosque of the Jinn (Arabic transliteration: Masjid al-Jinn) is a mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, located near Jannat al-Mu’alla. It is also known as the Mosque of Allegiance (Arabic transliteration: Masjid Bai’et) and the Mosque of Guards (Arabic transliteration: Masjid al-Haras) because the city’s guards would patrol up to that point.

The mosque is built at the place where a group of jinn are said to have gathered one night to hear the recitation of a portion of the Quran by Muhammad. Muhammad later met there with these jinn’s leaders and accepted their embrace of Islam and their bay’ ah (oath of allegiance) to him. The incident is mentioned in chapter al-Jinn of the Quran.

The mosque is considered one of the oldest in Mecca and is one of the most important mosques visited in the city

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