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Al Madinatul Munawwarah!

 Al-Madinatun Nabi!

The City of Light! The City of the Prophet!

 

The Abode of the Best of all Messengers, the Final of all Messengers

The City wherein lies the Beloved Rasool of Allah

sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam

 

 

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The Beloved Messenger of Allah prayed,

“O Allah! Bestow on Madinah twice the blessings You bestowed on Makkah.” [bukhari]
 
 
The Beloved Messenger of Allah had such love for Madinah that, Sayyidina Anas b. Malik narrates, “Whenever the Prophet returned from a journey and observed the walls of Madinah, he would make his mount go fast, and if he was on an animal (i.e. a horse), he would make it gallop because of his love for Madinah.” [bukhari]
 
 

The Beloved Messenger of Allah said,

“Madinah is a sanctuary from that place to that. Its trees should not be cut, and no heresy should be innovated, nor any sin should be committed in it, and whoever innovates in it a heresy,

or commits sins (bad deeds),

he will incur the Curse of Allah, the Angels, and all the people.” [bukhari]

 

 

 

The Beloved Messenger of Allah said,

“There are angels guarding the entrances (or roads) of Madinah,

neither plague nor Dajjal will be able to enter it.”[bukhari]

 

 

 

 

Our Collection of  Pictures, Old & New!

Al-Masjid An-Nabawi!

&

 Places of Historical Significance in & around Madinatul Munawwarah!

Information & News!

 

Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge

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Al-Masjid An-Nabawi


 


 


Panorama View


 


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Sattelite View


 


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Beautiful View


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At Night


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In the Morning


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In the Evening


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Ramadhaan 2013


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Lightening!


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Masjid Nabawi & Jannatul Baqee


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Umbrellas in the Forecourt


 


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The Dome

 

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Sultan Qalawun, in 678 Hijri (1280 AD), made the first dome above the sacred room. In later years the dome was renovated as necessary. Eventually Sultan Mahmud bin Abdul Hameed Uthmani, in 1233 Hijri (1809 AD) had this dome demolished due to the appearance of cracks. A very strong dome was constructed of square bricks covered in lead sheets and painted green. This is the same dome we see today although it is repainted whenever necessary.  

("Women's Guide in Madinah Munawwarah" Mufti Muhammad Faruq)

 

 

 

 

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The Rowdhah

 

Garden of Paradise

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Riadhul Jannah i.e. Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet (different from the red carpets of the rest of the Masjid) and is called the Rawdhah.

 

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said:
“Between my house and my pulpit lays a garden from the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is upon my fountain (Al-Kauthar).” [bukhari]

 

The Mihraab                                           

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The Mihraab of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is identified by the inscription on the wall "Haadhaa Musalla an Nabiyy sallallahu alaihi wasallam" and his place of Salaah is directly in front of that sign (not in front of an alcove that is next to the sign). ("Women's Guide in Madinah Munawwarah" Mufti Muhammad Faruq)

 

When the Masjid Al-Nabawi was first built, there was no Mihraab in it, as the place where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was leading prayers was already known by the people. In the reign of Omar Ibn Abdulaziz, however, small niche was added to the front wall of the mosque when it was re-constructed. Since then there has been only one Mihrab in the Masjid Al-Nabawi. Throughout time, however, renovations and reconstructions have been made on the Mihraab, as in other parts of the Masjid.

 

The Mimber

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Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam initially delivered the Khutbah leaning on a palm tree trunk which was positioned near the original Mihraab. During the eighth year after hijrah, when the number of Sahabah had greatly increased, and it was difficult for the assembled crowd to see and hear the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, it was suggested that a new raised Minbar be constructed. (ALMISKEENAH)

 

 

The Sacred Chamber

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This gold grill is the front part of the Rowdhah, the Sacred Chamber in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) passed away and where he is buried. It also houses the graves of the first two Caliphs of Islam, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).

 

Original Prayer spot of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam

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This pillar, the fifth one down from the ‘Aisha’ pillar and in line with Bab-e-Jibraeel is the approximate spot where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) led salat in Madinah when the Qiblah was still towards Jerusalem and at the opposite direction of Makkah

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The Pillars

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Following diagram and article on the Various Pillars from "How to perform Ziyaarah" by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat, 

Position of the Major Pillars inside the Masjid

 

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The diagram above is a plan view of the front part of Masjid Nabwi and identifies pillars (ustuwaanah) where a significant event or act occurred (the pillars themselves are not important). Note that the position of these pillars was the same as in the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

 

1. Ustuwaanah Hannanah (the weeping pillar)

This is also called the Ustuwaanah Mukhallaq. This is the most blessed of the pillars for this was the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)’s place of Salat. On this spot there once used to grow a date palm tree. Before the advent of the mimbar, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to lean on it while delivering the khutbah (sermon). When the mimbar was made the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used it for the khutbah. It so happened when the change took place, such a bitter sound of weeping was heard from the tree that the whole masjid echoed; and those in the masjid started weeping. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then said: “The tree cries because the zikr of Allah was near it, and now that the mimbar is built it has been deprived of this zikr in its immediate vicinity. If I did not place my hand on it, it would have cried thus till the Day of Qiyamat.” Afterwards the tree dried up and was buried.

 

 

2. Ustuwaanah Sareer

‘Sareer’ means sleeping place. It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to make i’tikaaf here also, and used to sleep here while in i’tikaaf. A platform of wood used to be put here for him to sleep on.

 

3. Ustuwaanah Tawbah

Also known as Ustuwaanah Abu Lubabah. Abu Lubabah (may Allah be pleased with him) was one of the famous Sahaba. Before Islam, he had much dealings with the Jews of Banu Quraizah. When they acted treacherously during the Battle of the Trench and were taken captive he told them that they were to be killed by making a sign across his throat. After having done that he become so grieved at this indiscretion that he could not rest.

 

He thereupon came to the masjid and at this spot where a date-tree used to stand, he bound himself to the trunk saying: “As long as my repentance is not accepted by Allah, I shall not untie myself from here. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) himself must undo my bonds.” When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) heard this he said: “If he had come to me I would have begged forgiveness on his behalf. Now he had acted on his own initiative, I cannot untie him until his repentance has been accepted.”

 

For many days he remained tied there, except for Salat and the call of nature. At such times his wife and daughter used to untie him and then again tied him to the tree. He remained without food and drink as a result of which his sight and hearing were affected. Then after a few days one morning while the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was in tahajjud prayer in the house of Umme Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him), he received the good news that his tawbah had been accepted. The Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with him) conveyed the news to him, and wanted to untie him but he refused, saying: “As long as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) does not untie me with his blessed hands, I shall not allow anyone else to do so.” When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) entered for Fajr Salat he untied him.

 

4. Ustuwaanah Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her):

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to say his prayers here and afterwards moved to the place at Ustuwaanah Hannanah. It is also called the Ustuwaanah Qu’rah. The reason for this is that Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said: “In this masjid is one such spot that if people knew the true blessed nature thereof, they would flock towards it in such in a manner to pray there they would have to cast such lots (i.e. Qu’rah).”

 

People asked her to point out the exact spot which she refused to do. Later on, at the persistence of Abdullah bin Zubair (may Allah be pleased with him) she pointed to this spot. Hence it is called Ustuwaanah Aisha, because the Hadith is reported by her and the exact spot was shown by her. It is a fact that Abu Bakr and Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) very often used to pray here.

 

5. Ustuwaanah Ali (may Allah be pleased with him)

Also known as Ustuwaanah Mah’ras or Hars. ‘Hars’ means to watch or protect. This used to be the place where some of the Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with him) used to sit when keeping watch or acting as gatekeepers. Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) used to be the one who mostly acted as such, for which it is often called Ustuwaanah Ali (may Allah be pleased with him). When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) entered the masjid from the door of Aisha’s (may Allah be pleased with her) room, he passed this spot

 

6. Ustuwaanah Wufood

‘Wufood’ means delegations. Whenever deputations arrived to meet the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) on behalf of their tribes, they were seated here and here he used to meet them, conversed with them and taught them Islam.

 

7. Ustuwaanah Jibraeel

This was the usual place where Jibraeel (upon him be peace) used to enter to visit the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Today it cannot be seen as it lies inside the sacred chamber of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

 

8. Ustuwaanah Tahajjud

It is reported that this was the spot where late at night a carpet was spread for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) to perform tahajjud prayer, after all the people had left.

 

 

 

Ashaabus Suffah Platform

 

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This diagram marks the location, towards the front of the present Masjid-e-Nabwi, of the platform that housed the Ashab us-Suffah (The People of the Bench). The platform was originally on the north wall of the masjid and was moved back when the masjid was extended in 7 AH.

 

The Ashab us-Suffah were companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) who, along with the performance of religious duties, were mostly tradesmen or farmers. Some had, however, dedicated their lives exclusively for prayer and spiritual discipline in the close company of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). (islamiclandmarks.com)

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Al-Masjid An-Nabawi - Old Pictures

 

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AlAynea Street, Madinah

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Rare black and white photos of Madinah

 

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Extremely Rare View: 1850

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Jannatul Baqee

 

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Affectionately called “Jannatul-Baqi’” by some, Baqi’ al-Gharqad is the proper name of the graveyard of Madinah, which is the sole resting place for the city’s Muslim inhabitants since the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). Imam Malik is reported to have held that 10,000 Companions are buried in al-Baqi’, including most of the wives of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), his son Ibrahim, and many senior Companions such as ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, Ibn Masud and others, may Allah be pleased with them all.

 

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Grave of Uthmaan (Radhiyallaahu 'anahu)

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More details of the layout of the graves Here

 

Along with this best generation, descendants of the Ahl al-Bait, pious scholars and saints, and countless devoted pilgrims have been buried there over the centuries till this day. As the graves of each true believer are “gardens from the gardens of Paradise”, this blessed company alone, of course after the fact that one is a neighbor of the Best of Creation Allah bless him and grant him peace) who rests not far away, immediately tells us there is good reason to ask to be buried there. Still, we can explore further why Madinah has been singled out for this distinction.

 

A clear, authentic and decisive narration that establishes the virtue of wanting to die in Madinah states that the son of `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

 

“Whosoever is able to die in Madinah, then let him die there, for indeed, I will intercede for the one who dies there.”  (Ahmad, Musnad; Tirmidhi, Sunan)

 

To get to the point where one desires and strives for a death in Madinah for this purpose, we must first develop our love for the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), through things such as learning his life, following his sunnah, and sending blessings upon him. We ask Allah Most High to increase us in love for His Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), and to grant us his company in this world and in the Hereafter.

(seekersguidance.org)

 

 

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Jannatul Baqee before Demolition of 1925

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Saqifah Bani Sa'edah

A Beautiful Garden. A Cool, Shaded Sanctuary in the Marble & Concrete Surrounding.

 

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Saqeefa (the dark blue circled area) is one of the few tiny patches of garden 200 meters north-west of Masjid Nabawi. Banu Sa’edah, an eminent tribe of the Ansar resided here at the time of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.

 

The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam used to visit Saqeefa, offering Salat there, sitting in the shade with his Companions. Sahl ibn Sa’d RadhiAllahu anhu drew water for him from a nearby well called Bir Budha’ah. This well existed just north of Saqeefa until the second Saudi extension of Masjid Nabawi.

 

The death of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam led to the question as to who was to be the leader of the Muslims after the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. While the noble body of the Prophet of Islam SallAllahu alaihi wasallam was being prepared for burial the Ansar of Madinah assembled at their meeting place Saqeefa Bani Sa’edah to discuss the question of succession.

 

Read more on al-miskeenah

 

A Peek through the Gate

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Inside

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Insha’Allah, if you are called to this Mubarak Radiant City, take the time to visit Saqeefa. A secluded, shaded sanctuary See more beautiful pictures on almiskeenah here

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Dates Market

 

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The dates of Madinatul Munawwarah are not only a beautifully rich and a sweet delight, but also contain great benefits as described by the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.

 

Ajwa

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These dates are called Ajwa, exclusive to the sacred City of Madinah and grown from its blessed soil.
 
Sayyidina Saud narrated that the Beloved Messenger said, “If somebody takes some Ajwa dates every morning, he will not be affected by poison or magic on that day till night.” (Another narrator said seven dates). [bukhari, Book 71, Hadith no. 663]

 

 

 

Other Popular Dates 

 

Suqaey

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Safawi

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Some like them Fresh

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& some like them Covered in Chocolate & Nuts!

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Masaajid in & Around Madinah

 

 

Masjid Qiblatain                      Fountain

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Masjid Qiblatain (Mosque of the Two Qiblas). It is historically important to Muslims as this is where in Rajjab 2 AH the revelation of the Quran came to change the direction of the qibla from Bait-al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Ka’bah in Makkah.

  • During his time in Makkah, the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to pray towards Bait-al-Maqdis, with the Ka’bah in front of him. When he migrated to Madinah, he prayed towards Jerusalem for 16 months, but he hoped it would be changed to the Ka’bah.
  • During Dhuhr prayer or it was said that it was Asr, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had led his Companions in praying two rak’ahs , when he was commanded to face towards the Ka’bah by the following revelation in the Quran in Surah al-Baqarah:“Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammed’s) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.” [2:144 ]
  • The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) turned around towards the Ka’bah and the Sahabah copied out of obedience. Thus the Ka’bah became the new qibla of the Muslims for all time to come. (islamiclandmarks.com)

 

 

 

Masjid Quba

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Masjid al-Quba (مسجد قباء) or Quba’ Masjid) in Madinah, is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on his emigration from Makkah to Madinah and the masjid was completed by his companions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to go there every Saturday and offer a two rak’ah 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 hadith is reported by Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Al-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Hakim al-Nishaburi.

 

 

 

 

Masjid Jumu'ah

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The first Jumu'ah (Friday) Salaah was performed at this Masjid. After leaving Masjid Quba on Friday, Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhiw asallam performed Jumu'ah Sallah a mile away at this place before leaving for Madintul Munawwarah. Hence a Masjid was established at this place

 

 

 

 

Masjid Ejabah

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The significance of Masjid Ejabah (also known as Masjid Mu’awiyah) is that it is the location where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) supplicated to Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) three times with Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) answering two of his requests, but forbidding the third. The Arabic word ‘ejabah’ in english closely means ‘responding’.

 

Aamir bin Sa’ad (may Allah be pleased with him) reported on the authority of his father that: One day Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) came from Aaliya and passed by the mosque of Banu Mu’awiyah. He went in and observed two rak’ahs there and we also observed prayer along with him and he made a long supplication to his Lord. He then turned to us and said:

 

 “I asked my Lord three things and He has granted me two but has withheld one. I asked my Lord that my Ummah should not be destroyed by through famine and He granted me this. And I asked my Lord that my Ummah should not be destroyed by drowning (by deluge) and He granted me this. And I asked my Lord that there should be no bloodshed among the people of my Ummah, but He did not grant it.” [Muslim]

References: Pictorial History of Madinah Munawwarah – Dr.Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, AlMiskeenah.com

 

 

 

Masjid Sabaq

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The main picture above shows the approximate area where in the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) horses were trained for the purpose of fighting in the cause of Allah. A masjid called Masjid Sabaq (inset) was once erected here but has now been removed.

  • The place of Masid Sabaq is about 520m north-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi.
  • According to some reports this area is where the Sahabah would play games of throwing watermelon rinds to each other and where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) would sometimes race with each other.
  • This area was the starting point of horse races which had two finishing points, the first being at the locality of Banu Zuraiq (near Masjid Ghamama) and the further one at Hafyaa, about 10 km from Masjid-e-Nabwi.  (IslamicLandmarks)

 

 

 

Masjid Ghamama

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This masjid, located about 300m south-west of Masjid-e-Nabwi is known as Masjid Ghamama. It is built on the site where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life.

  • This masjid is also known as Masjid Eid. According to some reports the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed the Eid salah here during the last four years of his life.
  • This is also the location where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) performed Salatul Istiskah (a special salah for invocation of rain). The word Ghamama means clouds which suddenly appeared and brought rain after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) has performed the prayer. (IslamicLandmarks)

 

 

More to be added inshaAllah...........

 

 

 

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Sites of the Houses of Some Sahaba (Radhiyallaahu 'anhum)

 

 

Site of Salman Farsi's (Radhiyallaahu 'anhu) House                    The Garden of Salman Farsi

 

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The above picture shows the land on which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) planted three hundred date palms to free Salman Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) from slavery. It is located close to Masjid Quba.

 

 

 

 

Site of Abu Ayyub Ansari's (Radhiyallaahu 'anhu) House

 

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This is the approximate spot where existed the house of Abu Ayyub Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him). This is where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) initially stayed for several months on his migration to Madinah, while Masjid-e-Nabwi and the adjoining rooms for his wives were being built.

 

When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) entered Madinah he told the people to allow his camel to go her own way for “she is guided by Allah.” All of the Muslims desired that he would lodge with them. Finally the she-camel knelt, but the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) did not dismount. The animal rose to its feet again, ambled ahead for some distance, and then turned back and knelt in the same place it had before. Masjid-e-Nabwi was erected on this very spot.

 

Adjacent to the spot where the camel knelt was the house of Abu Ayyub Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) who hurried to lift the saddle from the camel and took it to his home. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) remarked humorously, “A man must follow his saddle,” and went along with Abu Ayyub. Asad bin Zurara (may Allah be pleased with him) took hold of the halter, so he was allowed to take care of the camel.

 

 

 

 

Site of the Garden of Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu 'anhu)

 

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The highlighted area, which is in the rear of Masjid-e-Nabwi is the approximate spot where existed a garden at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) that was owned by Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) often visited this garden and drank the water from its 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. References:  Fazail-e-Aamal – Sheikh Zakariyya Kandhalvi

 

 

 

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Fort of Ka'b bin Ashraf


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These are the remains of the fort of Ka’b bin Ashraf, an extremely wealthy Jewish poet who stirred up great hatred for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and the Muslims.


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The Jewish Tribes of Madinah

 

Site of the Banu Qaynuqah

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This is the remains of one of the forts of Banu Qaynuqa who were one of three main Jewish tribes living in Madinah at the time when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) emigrated there. They were the first of the Jewish tribes to break the peace treaty with the Muslims and were expelled from Madinah in the middle of Shawwal, 2AH.

 

 

 

 

Site of the Banu Nadhir

 

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This site, about 1km away from Masjid Quba is where the Jewish tribe of Banu Nadhir resided. Despite having a peace treaty, they conspired against the Muslims and even made an attempt on the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). They were expelled from Madinah in 4 AH and fled to Khaiber and Syria.

 

 

 

 

 

Site of the Banu Quraizah

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Bani Quraizah were a Jewish tribe who rebelled and betrayed their peace treaty with the Muslims during the Battle of the Trench. The Muslims laid siege to the tribe, this spot (where a masjid once stood) marks the place where the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) offered salat during the siege.

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Mountains of Madinah Munawwarah


 


Mount Uhud


 


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Mount Uhud, in front of which the second battle in Islam (the Battle of Uhud) took place in 3 AH. Of this mountain the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) declared, “This mountain loves us and we love it.” [Muslim]


 


 


 


 


Mount Dhubab


 


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Mount Dhubab (also known as Mount Ra’yah) is where a famous miracle took place during the digging of the trench. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) struck a large rock which was reduced to pieces and emitted a light. Upon this the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) gave the Muslims the glad tidings of the coming victories over Syria, Persia and Yemen


 


 


 


 


Mount Ayr


 


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Jabl Ayr (Mount Ayr) is the second largest mountain in Madinah after Uhud and marks the southern boundary of Madinah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) described it as a mountain of Hell.


 


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) declared, “Uhud is a mountain which loves us and which we love, it is upon the Gate of Heaven” adding, “And Ayr is a place which hates us and which we hate, it is upon the Gate of Hell.”


 


‘Ayr’ means a ‘wild ass’, whereas Uhud is derived from Ahad, meaning ‘one’, — so called because it is fated to be the place of victory to those who worship one God. The very names, say Muslim sages, make it abundantly evident that even as the men of Al-Madinah were of two parties, friendly and hostile to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), so were these mountains.


References:  Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Mecca


 


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Places of the Battles (1)

Battle of Badr

 

 

Water Spring of Badr

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Site of the battle of Badr

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The Ghazwah-e-Badr (Battle of Badr) was fought on 17 Ramadan, 2 AH (13 March, 624 AD) at the wells of Badr, 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Madina. It was fought between the Muslims and pagans of Makkah whose strength was three times larger than the poorly equipped Muslim Army. It was a decisive victory for Muslims with divine help. This battle is also mentioned in the Qur'an.The Qur’an describes the force of the Muslim attack in many verses, which refer to thousands of angels descending from Heaven at Badr to terrify the Quraish.  It proved a milestone in Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) struggle with his adversaries and paved a way for spread of Islam in the Arabian peninsula. (Source: Madina Photos)

 

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Right arrow in the photo shows “Al Odoat Al Dunea” where Muslim Camp was located. Middle arrow shows the passage through which convoy of Abu Sufyan passed. Left arrow shows “Malaeka Mountain” where Angels Jebreal and Mikael were sent by Allah with 1,000 of Malaeka (Angels) to help the Muslims against disbelievers. (Source: Madina Photos)

 

Grave at Badr

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Places of the Battles (2)

Battle of Uhud

 

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The arrow at the top left hand corner shows Mount Uhud and the arrow at the bottom shows Masjid Nabawi

 

 

The plains and the slopes of Mount Uhud where the battle took place

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This is a section of Mount Uhud, in front of which the second battle in Islam (the Battle of Uhud) took place in 3 AH. Of this mountain the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) declared, “This mountain loves us and we love it.” [Muslim]

 

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Mount Rumah

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This small mountain in front of Mount Uhud is where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had positioned archers during the Battle of Uhud with the strict instructions not to move. It was the desertion of their posts by many of the archers on thinking the battle was over that led to a reversal of fortune for the Muslims in the war.

 

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The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) appointed 50 archers under the command of Abdullah bin Jubair (may Allah be pleased with him) and said to him, “Drive off the horses from us, lest we should be attacked from the rear. Whether we win or lose the battle stand steadily at your position. See that we are not attacked from your side.”

 

The Cave where Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam took rest

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This naturally formed cave, on the side of Mount Uhud facing Masjid-e-Nabwi is where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) took refuge after being wounded during the Battle of Uhud. He was carried there on the back of Talha (may Allah be pleased with him).

 

 

Scene from Inside the Cave

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The photo below is taken from inside the cave. On a clear day the minarets of Masjid Nabawi are clearly visible. To the bottom right of this photo is where our Beloved Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would have rested his noble head. (ALMISKEENAH)

 

Entrance of the Cave

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The other wonders of this retreat during such a critical time at the end of the arduous battle is that just before the final high step into the cave there is a natural flat area which is protected by a slightly higher protruding pedestal shaped rock jutting up almost like a platform, seen to the left in the photo below. The stone wall has obviously been added, making a barrier on the edge of the flat section. It was there that Umar RadhiAllahu anhu (and Allah the Almighty knows best) reportedly stood guard while the following happened.

 

After the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum had carried Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam to the cave, ensuring his comfort and safety, Abu Sufyan, the leader of the Quraish army came to just below the cave shouting up at them. He was determined to continue to spread his hatred for the Muslims. He yelled: "We have our idols Lat and Uzza whereas you do not have the likes of these". The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam from inside the cave asked the companions, “Will you not answer him?” They questioned, “And how do we answer Oh Prophet of Allah?” “Say Allah Ta’ala is the Greatest and Ever-Lasting.” They all shouted together from the mountain, with Umar RadhiAllahu anhu standing firm on that platform, “Allah Ta’ala is the Greatest and Ever-Lasting!”  Finally, Abu-Sufyan said, “Today will not be like Badr”.  Guided again by the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum said, “There is no similarity. Our dead are in Paradise and yours are in the Hellfire!” Abu Sufyan turned and left.

(ALMISKEENAH)

 

 

Graveyard of the Martyres of Uhud

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 Hazrat Hamzah (Radhiyallaahu 'anahu) is buried there. Below is how the Masjid over the resting place of Hamza RadhiAllahu anhu was more than one hundred years ago. But like many previous structures relating to our past it has been demolished.

 

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Places of the Battles (3)

Battle of Ahzaab (Battle of the Trench)

 

Ahzaab (The Battle of the Trenches)

 

Diagram showing the position of the Trenches

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The site of the Battle of Ahzaab

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In 5AH the Quraysh, with the help of the tribe of Ghatfaan and other tribes along with the Hypocrites and the Jews, made a great effort to destroy the Muslims. They marched toward Madeenah with Abu Sufyaan as leader with an army of 10,000 men

 

The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam was informed of the approach and he consulted the Companions. Salmaan Faarsi RA put forward a plan to dig a trench to stop the advance and the Muslims began this great task with the Prophet himself helping. The trench was 5 meters deep and 5 meters wide. Madeenah was surrounded on two sides by lava rock and the third side had palm groves.

 

When the Allies reached Madeenah they were surprised as such techniques were not in use. They camped on the other side of the trench and this situation lasted for 27 days during which they failed to enter Madeenah.

 

 

 

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Please Note: If any pictures or other information is found to be incorrect, please advise us with source of  correct information

 

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Places of the Battles (4)

The Battle of Khaibar

 

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The banishment of the Jewish tribes of Banu Nadhir and Banu Qinaqa' from Medina had accentuated the animosity of the Jews towards the Muslims. These tribes had settled down at Khaibar at a distance of about eighty miles from Medina. "Khaibar" means: "fortified place". It was a Jewish stronghold comprised of seven fortresses: Naaim, Qamus (on a hill of the same name), Katiba, Shiqu, Natat, Watih and Sulalim, of which Qamus was the most fortified.

 

These tribes were instigating other tribes to join them in a conclusive assault upon the Muslims. The Battle of Ahzab was the first attempt in which the Jews had participated for the siege of the Muslims.Their chief, Usir ibn Razam, collected all the Jewish tribes and solicited the aid of Ghatfan for a final showdown.

 

The news of the preparation of the Jews was reaching Medina frequently. At last, the Holy Prophet (Peace and blessings be on him) decided to crush them before they could destroy the Muslims. The  Jews fortified themselves in the fortresses and into these fortresses was difficult. The Muslims laid siege and fortress after fortress were captured. Eventually The Jewish people asked for forgiveness and a peace treaty was signed.

 

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Another Short Clip Here (Urdu Commentary)

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What's on the Green Dome of the Prophet's Masjid?

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On the Green Dome, near the top, we can see a rectangular form...what it is?

A Dead Body?
 

 

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Let us find out what this is all about!

 

The following is from Al-Miskeenah

 

This is the story regarding the Green Dome circulating through forwarded emails and on the net:
 

This was a miracle happened around 90 years ago narrated by Sheikh Al-Zubaidi.
A person tried to demolish the Dome of  Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) –  Masjad Al Nabawi (Gumbad-e-Khizra).However, when some one climbed over the dome to start the demolition, a sudden Lightning struck him and the climber died at the spot and no one was able to remove his body from the top of the dome!!! It was also said that a pious man from Madina heard a voice in his dream that no one can take out the dead body from the Dome and that he should be buried their as a warning and a lesson for those who may think of attempting to demolish it in future!!! Finally, they decided to bury the man right there on the dome and to cover his body with a green box so it won’t be visible to people.

 

 

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This is a fake one circulated by the Shi’ahs… Actually this brick was placed by the Turks in the remembrance of the incident when people came to Syedatuna Ayesha and requested her to pray for the Rain. She advised to remove the brick or the leaves or whatever was on the roof right above the Blessed Qabar Sharif of Syeduna Rasoolullah Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam through which ALLAH Kareem will bless us the Rain! Her advised was implemented and it start raining. So this brick is said to be right above the Qabar Sharif!!

 

This is all what I know from my resources.. ALLAH and His Habeeb Knows Best!!

 

A copied and pasted explanation of a brother residing here.

While a Sayyed Saudi al-Madani Shaykh says it is simply wiring to do with earthing and/or acoustics/security.

And Allah the Almighty knows best.

 

Insha’Allah, if you can shed light on this do share information, or the source of the mentioned Hadith of our Lady Ayeshah RadhiAllahu anha.

 

 

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The Answer?

 

If anyone has correct information please share!

 

 

 

 

The following has been passed on to me which appears to be from a reliable source in Madina

 

 

The real story is there was drought in Madinah Munawwarah. It hadn't rained for a long time. People complained to Ummi Ayesha radhi Allahu 'anaa. She said open a window from the blessed grave to the sky. When they opened it started raining. That spot shows the point from where it was opened.

 

 

 

 

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Masjid-e-Miqaat (Zul Hulaifah)

 

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This Masjid is Situated Twelve Kilometers Away From Madinah and it is Declared as Meeqat for Pilgrims. Here a Well is Present Which is Called Ali's Well And The Place is Also Called as Abyar-e-Ali. All Buses / Vehicles Going to Makkah Stop Here And Pilgrims Change Into Ihram

 

 

A Beautiful place to stop and enter Ihraam. There is a beautiful women's section and ample baths/toilets and changing rooms.

 

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The Seven Masaajid at the Site of the Battle of the Trench 

 

Of the many historical and archaeological sites in Madinah, visitors are most likely to visit a group of small masaajid, commonly known as “The Seven Mosques.” There are actually six masaajid but people add a seventh one known as the “Mosque of the Two Qiblas” which is about a kilometer away from the others.

 

These sites are connected to the Battle of the Trench. A trench was dug to defend Madinah when the Quraish along with other tribes marched towards Madinah. Each Masjid is at the site of the place where various Sahabah had their command points during the Battle. Masjid Al-Fath is where  our Beloved Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam made du'a for victory.

 

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The largest of the seven mosques is Al-Fath on a hilltop near the western side of Sal’ mountain. It was built when Umar ibn Abd Al-Aziz was governor of Madinah in the years 87 to 93 after Hijrah (705 CE to 711 CE). It was rebuilt in 575 H (1179 CE). It was then rebuilt again during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd Al-Majid I in 1851. (arabnews)

 

The New & Old Masjid Al-Fath

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It is the place where Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam prayed continuously for three days for Allah ta'ala to grant victory over the enemy.

 

 

 

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The Salman Al-Farisi Mosque is located south of Al-Fath Mosque, 20 meters from the base of Sal' mountain. It is named after Salman, the companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) who recommended digging a trench to fortify the city from an invasion. It has one hall at 7 meters long and 2 meters wide. It was also built while Umar ibn Abd Al-Aziz was governor of Madinah. In 575 H (1179 CE) it was rebuilt on the orders of minister Said Al-Deen Abu Al-Haija. It was rebuilt again during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd Al-Majid I.

 

 

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Looking down on Masjid Salman Farsi in the foreground, Masjid ‘Umar behind it to the right, a dilapidated building in the middle of the car park, and the new Masjid of the Seven Mosques to the left. (Al-Miskeenah)
 

 

 

The Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq Mosque is 15 meters to the southwest of Salman Al-Farisi Mosque. It was reported that Abu Bakr, when he was caliph, prayed Eid prayer there. This is why it was named after him. It was also reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed the Eid prayer there.

 

 

 

The Umar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque is 10 meters to the south of Abu Bakr Mosque, opposite Al-Ghamamah mosque and close to the Prophet's Mosque. There is not much historical detail about the mosque, but there is speculation that it could be the ancient mosque at Al-Durrah place where Umar may have prayed during his reign as caliph. This would explain why it was named after him. It has an open yard and is eight steps above the ground. Its structure is similar to Al-Fath Mosque, which indicates that the two structures may have been built and renovated together.

 

 

The Ali ibn Abi Talib Mosque is east of Fatimah Mosque on a high rectangular hilltop. It is 8.5 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. It has one small step. It is likely to have been built and renovated with Al-Fath Mosque.

 

 

The Fatimah Al-Zahra Mosque is known as Mus'ad ibn Mo'az Mosque. It is the smallest of the group and measures 4 meters by 3 meters. It has one small step. It has a similar structure to other mosques in the area and may have been built during the Ottoman era, most likely during the reign of Sultan Abd Al-Majid I in 1851.
(arabnews.com)

 

 

*Note that some of these Masaajid have now been demolished or entry restricted

 

(From Al-Miskeenah)

Al-Saba’a Masaajid Masjid

 

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This one large Masjid symbolically represents the original seven places the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and various Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum established strategic command points during the digging of the ditch and the subsequent Battle of the Trench.

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Masjid Quba 

 

Recent Pictures

Eid Al Fitr 2013

 

 

40 000 worshipers in the streets leading to Masjid Quba

 

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Masjid Quba 9 August 2013

 

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King Fahd Holy Qur’an Printing Complex

 

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The foundation stone of the Complex which was inaugurated on 06.02.1405 AH (1985), was laid on 16.01.1403 AH (1983). The area of the Complex which is estimated at 250,000 square meters, includes a mosque, administrative offices, the printing press, stores, a clinic, a library, restaurants and other facilities.
 
The Complex can print about about ten million copies of various publications every year. This can be increased to 30 million copies in emergencies and on special occasions.
 
The meanings of the Holy Qur’an are translated in 44 languages, including 23 Asian, ten European and 11 African languages. These languages include Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, English, French, Greek, Indonesian, Kashmiri, Korean, Persian, Somali, Spanish, Tamili, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and other languages.
 
About 1,600 people, including Ulama (Muslim scholars) and academic staff of universities, work at the Complex. About 70 percent of them are Saudis.
 
 
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Report:
3 August 2013
King Fahd press distributes 7 million copies of Qur’an

 

The general secretariat of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah distributed 7 million copies of the Holy Qur’an and related Islamic publications until July 8, a report from the complex said on Friday.

 

The complex received between 2,500 and 4,000 visitors daily. Each visitor is presented with a copy of the Holy Qur’an, the report said. ArabNews

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Library of Masjid Nabawi

 

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The library was established in 1352 AH. It consists of study halls and over 60,000  books. One hall consists of books on the science of hadith and one hall has books on the science of Tafseer. Then there books on Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and Usool ul Fiqh (Principals of Islamic Jurisprudence). They are ordered under the headings of the four famous schools of thought; Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'ee and Hambali. There are history books, manuscripts, journals and periodicals. (Pictorial History of Madinah Munawwarah by Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani)

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