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Daemon
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Medina is a city in Saudi Arabia, 110 mi (177 km) inland from the Red Sea in a well-watered oasis where fruit, dates, vegetables, and grain are raised. Muhammad gained control of the city in 622 and used it as a base for converting and conquering Arabia. It grew rapidly until 661, when the Umayyad dynasty transferred the capital of the caliphate to Damascus. Pilgrimages to Mecca usually include a side trip to Medina, where the Prophet's Mosque houses the tombs of what important Islamic figures? More...
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Seeing a scene of impeccable beauty, we often hear the term “Heaven on Earth!” But there is only one place that literally has the right to proclaim itself as such. There, deep in the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (masjid Nabawi), covered by green carpets and the tears of millions, lies a “garden from the gardens of paradise.” It is a place known to every Muslim who has ever lived, yet there's still much we don't know about it.

Here are just some of the interesting facts and mysteries of the Prophet's ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam Mosque:



* The first place in the Arabian Peninsula to have electricity.

* The current mosque is larger than the old city.

* There's an empty grave in the Prophet's ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) room.
It has long been the stuff of legend that there is an “empty grave” next to where the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), Abu Bakr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu and Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu are buried. This was confirmed, however, when the individuals who went in to change the coverings in the hujrah* in the 1970s noted the presence of an empty space. Whether or not it is meant for Isa 'alayhi'l-salām. when he returns is a matter of debate.

* The dome used to be purple!

*It is FULL of secret signs: Yes, the mosque of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam is covered with so many subtle signs and secrets that it makes the DaVinci Code look like a cheap puzzle for preschoolers. Each pillar, each dome, each window carries a story and indicates the location of events that carry historical and spiritual significance. The people who constructed the Prophet's Mosque realized that it would be impossible to put up signs everywhere as it would distract from the main purpose of prayers. Therefore, they came up with an ingenious way of indicating a location of importance through minor changes in the design of surrounding objects. What are the secrets? Well, that is a story for another day insha'Allah.

http://muslimmatters.org/2013/05/24/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-prophets-mosque/
NeuroticHellFem
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The pics look beautiful, but the 40℃ weather would kill me. The place is neither as funky nor as cold as 80s rapper Ton Loc suggested. Whistle
Shamshad Ali Afridi
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To many Muslims somehow the love and the emotional reverence of Medina is greater than Mecca because of the Dweller of the Green Dome.
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