Category Archives: Mosques

Picture Perfect : Beautiful Mosques from around the World

Beautiful Mosques from around the World Photograph Courtesy : Many Users/Photographers at  www.Flickr.com Also Read : Picture Perfect : Hajj – The Journey of a Lifetime Picture Perfect : Moments from the Blessed month of Ramadan   Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Al-Aqsa, the 2nd house of prayer established on Earth

The Masjid Al Aqsa is the second house of prayer established on earth: Abu Dharr reported: I said: "Messenger of Allah, which mosque was set up first on the earth?" He said: "Al-Masjid al-Haram (the sacred mosque, in Makkah)". I (again) said: "Then which next?" He said: "It was the Masjid Aqsa." I (again) said: "How long the space of time (between their setting up)?" He (the Holy Prophet) said: "It was forty years. And whenever the time comes for prayer, pray there, for that is a mosque; (for you)." (Sahih Muslim ,Book #004, Hadith #1056) Read more ...

Building the Prophet’s Mosque – A New Society being Built

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) arrived in Madinah on Friday, 12th Rabi‘ Al-Awwal 1 Hijri, i.e. September 27th. 622 A.D. On Friday morning, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), sent for Bani An-Najjar, his maternal uncles, to come and escort him and Abu Bakr to Madinah. He rode towards the new headquarters amidst the cordial greetings of his Madinese followers who had lined his path. He halted at a place in the vale of Banu Salim and there he performed his Friday prayer with a hundred others. (Bukhari 1/555) Meanwhile the tribes and families of Madinah, the new name for Yathrib and a short form of ‘The Messenger’s Madinah (City)’, Read more ...

In History : The Al-Karaouine Mosque

The story of Masjid Al-Karaouine represents the true understanding of Productivity in Islam. The Masjid is located in the historical city of Fes in Morocco. The masjid is also better known as the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. But even more amazing is the story behind this mosque. The story goes that the mosque was built by a pious woman known as Fatimah Al-Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy merchant named Muhammad Al-Fihri. The Al-Fihri family had migrated from Kairouan (hence the name of the university), Tunisia to Fes in the early 9th century, joining a community of Read more ...

The Day We Lost Our Masjid

The Day We Lost Our Masjid   Do you know the last public place where the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was seen? He was seen in the Masjid. About 3 days before he passed away, Abu Bakr (RA) was leading the prayer and the Masjid was full with an ummah of men and women prepared to illuminate the world with their jihaad and da’wah. The Prophet’s house opened up to the Masjid; there was a curtain separating his room and the prayer hall. He opened the curtain, saw the congregation, and saw his khalifah, Abu Bakr (RA), leading the prayer. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) smiled like the moon. The companions saw him while they were in prayer, and from their happiness, Read more ...

Picture Perfect : The Majestic House of Allah

Also Read : The Journey of Faith - Umrah in Ramadan The Majestic House of Allah : The Kaaba Picture Perfect : Beautiful Mosques from around the World Read more ...

The Majestic House of Allah : The Kaaba

The Majestic House of Allah : The Kaaba "And now verily We shall make you turn (in prayer) toward a Qiblah which is dear to you. So turn your face toward the Inviolable Place of Worship (the Kaaba of Makkah)." (Al Baqarah 2:144)   The Kaaba with respect to the inhabited parts of the world is like the centre of a circle with respect to the circle itself. All regions face the Kaaba, surrounding it as a circle surrounds its centre; and each region faces a particular part of the Kaaba. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) adopted the Kaaba as a physical focus in prayer as well for other acts of worship such as burial of the dead, recitation of the Quran, announcing Read more ...

Change of the Qiblah to Kaaba

Masjid Al Aqsa (Bait Al Maqdis) or the Farthest Mosque is the third Holiest Shrine in Islam. First one is Masjid Al Haram (the Sacred Mosque) in Makkah City and the second one is Masjid Al Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque) in Madinah City, in Saudi Arabia. It is the First Qiblah of Muslims (Qiblah is the direction in which muslims all over the world must have to face to while praying to the Only One God of all - Almighty Allah). Masjid Al Aqsa was the Qiblah in the early part of Final Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) Islamic Mission until that position was accorded to the Holy Kaaba (built by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) 4,000 years before) by Almighty God Read more ...

2nd Holiest Place : Masjid Al Nabawi in Madinah

THE VIDEO DOCUMENTARY The Extension by King Fahd in yr. 1405-1414 Hijrah (1984-1994 CE) Duration of Video : 1 hr 1 min 25 sec This is the biggest extension in the history of Masjid Al Nabawi. New Extension: 82,000 sq. meters The masjid can accommodate up to one million worshippers in the Ramadan & Hajj seasons Masjid Al Nabawi The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s Mosque in Madinah is the second most revered place of worship for Muslims around the world. Millions of Muslims visit the Mosque each year, to worship, to visit the Prophet's grave, and to see the city that gave birth to Islam. This pilgrimage is not mandatory as is the one Read more ...