No matter what religion you follow, it is without a doubt that the 3 holiest places on earth that actually boost the spirituality of a person visiting them are the Kaaba, the Prophet’s Mosque elegantly known as Masjid Al-Nabwi and the first Qibla of the Muslims, Masjid Al-Aqsa. If there ever were some places to be rightly called heavens on earth these 3 places deserve that title. Masjid Al-Nabwi is one of the most beloved places on earth to the Muslims and millions of Muslims that visit the Kaaba also make it necessary to visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
It is confirmed in an authentic narration that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “A prayer in my mosque (i.e. the Prophet’s mosque in Medina) is better than one thousand prayers in other mosques except Al-Haraam Mosque (in Mecca). Moreover Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said about the Rawdha: “Between my house and my pulpit, there is a garden from the gardens of paradise.” [Bukhari& Muslim]
Almost all Muslims know almost everything there is to know about the Prophet’s Mosque; however there are some facts that are less popular among the people. Here are some of them.
First to Get Electricity
Yes, and though it seems like an odd factor to point out, it is a good historical fact that Masjid-Al Nabwi was the first place in the Arabian Peninsula to get full time electricity when it was introduced by the Ottomans back in the day. One of the most amazing things to consider alongside is the fact that some accounts actually dictate that it would be a few years after electricity came to the Mosque that the Sultan himself would have full electricity in his own abode back in Istanbul.
The current Mosque is larger than the original Medina
By some estimates it is believed that the current mosque is over 100 times the size of the original mosque that the Prophet (SAW) himself had built back in those times. This pretty much means that the current mosque almost entirely covers the entirety of the original city of Medina in size and scale. One thing that proves this fact is that Jannat Al-Baqi, the oldest cemetery in Islam used to be located outside of Medina in the days when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) walked on this earth. Now its borders are right next to Mosque grounds.
There was a Fire
Sadly, centuries after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) from this world, most of the original mosque including the original Mimbar of the Prophet himself was destroyed in a fire. It is said that the fire was so extensive that even some of the walls and the roof of the Prophet’s room collapsed, which revealed his resting place for the first time in almost 6 centuries.
There was no Dome
It was not only until almost 650 years had passed since the passing of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)that the first dome cover his blessed grave was built in 1279 by a Mamluk Sultan. That first and original dome was made of wood. Another fun fact is, the famous green dome that all see today is actually an outer dome over the Prophet’s room, and within it is a smaller dome within which are written the names of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Hazrat Abu-Bakr (RA) and Hazrat Umar (RA).