History of Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina
Medina, Saudi Arabia is one of the beloved cities to Prophet Mohammed ﷺ that comprises three essential mosques namely Masjid al-Quba (the first mosque constructed by the companions of Prophet Mohammed ﷺ ), Masjid al-Qiblatayn (mosque that is associated with the history of conversion of the direction of Namaaz to Ka’bah), and Masjid al-Nabawi.
Masjid al-Nabawi was constructed by Prophet Mohammed ﷺ and is considered as the third Masjid as per the Islamic history. Masjid al-Nabawi is termed to be the second essential palace in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In the recent era, this mosque is ranked as the top-most largest mosques of Muslims. The construction of the same begun in 622 CE when Rasul Allah ﷺ migrated to Medina after the continuous torture of the people of Mecca. He commenced the construction of this mosque which used to serve as the court, religious school, and community centre. It also served as one of the largest platforms for the learners and teachers of Quran. Gradually, the place was expanded and designed by the famous rulers of Medina. As per the ancient records, Masjid al-Nabawi was the first spot that accessed electricity in the entire Arab nation in 1909. It is cited at the hub of Medina with various hotels and markets near the same. With the height of the Minaret being 105 meters, this mosque possesses the capacity to provide a room to around 600 thousands of pilgrims coming for Hajj and Umrah travels.
The connection of Masjid al-Nabawi with the life of Rasul Allah ﷺ made it so popular that every pilgrim coming to Mecca to practice Hajj and Umrah often visits Medina to see Masjid al-Nabawi. Apart from it, a large number of people from diverse corners of the world come here to seek the blessing of Allah جل و عز and follow the path directed by Prophet Mohammed ﷺ. The graves of Prophet Mohammed ﷺ and his companions are present in Medina.