The famous mosques of Medina
Hegira often known as Hijrah in Arabic terms is the period when Prophet Mohammed ﷺ migrated from Mecca to Yathrib (Medina) along with his companions. He left his home in Mecca in June 622 due to the continuous threat of the people of assassinating him. Medina being the second most consecrated city of Muslims after Mecca comprises various mosques out of which the three of them are considered to be the most significant.
- Quba Mosque – The Quba mosque is one of the oldest mosques of Islam that dates back to the 7th century. According to the Islamic history, the construction of Quba Masjid begun soon after the arrival of Rasul Allah ﷺ in the land of Medina from Mecca. Prophet Mohammed ﷺ placed the initial stone of this Mosque and the construction was accomplished by his companions. Prophet Mohammed ﷺ prayed the five-time shortened Namaaz i.e., for a period of 14 days as he was waiting for the arrival of Amir al-Mumineen who was staying at Mecca to accomplish a few tasks assigned by Rasul Allah ﷺ. Allah’s messenger said that the person who performs Wudu and practices the five times prayer in the Quba mosque is entitled to receive the rewards that are equivalent to performing Umrah.
- Masjid al-Qiblatayn – the mosque of Qiblatayn reveals the incident as per which the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ was ordered by Allah to alter the direction of prayers from Jerusalem to Mecca. The name of the Masjid is entirely based on the foundation of Qiblah. The news stating the changes needed in direction of the prayers was announced in the morning and was spread to the entire city by one of the companions of Rasul Allah ﷺ. However, during this time, the Imam was about to commence the Dhuhr prayers but stopped the same and immediately faced the direction of Mecca following Almighty’s order. The people that stood behind the Imam also did the same.