Buildings and Architecture – The Holy Mosque Masjid-e-Nabavi


Mosque Masjid-e-NabaviSame sun rises every day, but the places are different to feel its warmth. It can rightly be said that there is scorching heat in Death Valley or in Libya but the people of Antarctic are always freezing. The sun rays are ever fastest to race with; you will never know where these come from and are gone. There are so many monuments, places, architectural wonders and skyscrapers–worth visiting, but very few become part of faith, piece of cult and religious significance. There are mosques, temples and synagogues, which are associated to beliefs.

Many times we are caught in immense obscurity-seek no way out. The mist prevails over everything. Light cannot be found and the reign of murkiness is invincible. But many are successful in winning the race with rays and find a door to peace, Babb-us-Salaam. Yes the entrance door of MASJID-E-NABVI in Al-Medina Al-Munawwarah. This holy mosque is situated in Madina, Saudi Arabia. It is a holy mosque for Muslims.

MASJID-E-NABVI is considered as the second holiest place in Islam. It’s the final resting place of beloved last prophet Muhammad Mustafa (peace be upon him). This Mosque is unique in architecture and design. MASJID-E-NABVI is the world’s second largest mosque, first largest being MASJID-UL-HARAM.

This mosque is a wonder from constructional and architectural point of view. Besides this wonder, the original mosque was simple open-air building, which was built with dates leaves and palm trunks. The edifice was extremely simple; it was structured with mud-walls. Later, the building was embellished and engorged.

The embellishment and decoration of building has taken many years to become a master-piece. Of course, many modifications were made time-to-time. Initially, as discussed earlier the building was simple whose structure and area was enhanced in early 7th century. The huge stones pillars were erected to support the building, mud-walls were swap with mosaic. Four minarets were formed in square and building was integrated with tomb of Muhammad.

Later many other alterations were carried along with different eras. In late 14th century, lightening demolished some part of the mosque, which was rebuilt by the emperor of the time. The tomb of Muhammad was topped by a beautiful green dome with lead sheets. Now the most of the mosques follow the same design as of the Masjid-e-Nabvi.

In early 18th century the structure of mosque was altered with exception to the tomb and minarets. The building was made huge, the area was expanded and prayer hall was made double in size. Fifth minaret was built and all minarets were decorated with Quranic verses. The building was made ever beautiful with calligraphy on walls. The marble-flooring and red stones made the edifice more stunning.

From 19th century onwards, the architecture of building stands outstanding. The area is now five times of the original, the walls, the doors and the whole impact is marvelous. The grandeur of mosque is ever increased with reinforcements made by king. The modern air-conditioning facility of twenty-seven moving domes is exceptional. The latest renovations have made the mosque most wonderful piece of art and prominence. The Muslims feel the warmth of faith and reliance to Allah and His prophet, with every ray racing in world of cold.

By Syed_Maqsood_Shah

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