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Quba Mosque in Madinah – A cornerstone of Islamic history

Fri 22 Mar 2024    
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Madinah: The Quba Mosque in Madinah holds immense significance as the first mosque built by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after his migration from Makkah. The Prophet himself participated in its foundation, laying the first stones, while his companions completed its construction.

Located just a few kilometres from the Prophet’s Mosque, the Quba Mosque remains a major centre of worship in Madinah. Its historical importance and the virtue associated with praying there make it a destination for both residents and visitors. The mosque is one of the largest in Madinah; all daily prayers, including special Friday and Eid prayers, are conducted there.

Throughout history, the mosque underwent renovations, for its heritage to be preserved.

Its external walls were restored, and its northern side was expanded in 1388 AH. In 1405 AH, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, ordered its rebuilding and expansion while carefully preserving its heritage features.

The mosque’s prayer hall alone had an area of 5,035 square meters, while the area occupied by the mosque and its service facilities was 13,500 square meters. Before this expansion, the mosque’s area was only 1,600 square meters. A library and marketing area were also attached to the mosque to serve visitors.

Building on this legacy, during the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, announced the largest expansion in the Quba Mosque’s history. The project, named after King Salman, aims to increase the mosque’s total area tenfold, to 50,000 square meters, enabling it to accommodate up to 66,000 worshippers. This ambitious project marks a significant chapter in the journey of Quba Mosque, solidifying its role as a prominent historical and spiritual centre.

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