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Quba Mosque, The First Mosque Ever Built In The World

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Quba Mosque is the world’s first Mosque. This was built by the last prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH) and it is still one of the precious Islamic Landmarks.

This mosque is located in Madinah, Saudi Arabia., it is also called the Oldest Mosque In The World. The stones of this mosque were positioned by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when he migrated from Makkah to Madinah, then this mosque was completed by his companions.

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Praying direction – Photo: Waqas Zain

Muhammad Prophet (PBUH) stayed in this mosque for 14 days and prayed a short prayer (Qasr) as he waited for Ali (RA) to arrive into Madinah after completion of few tasks assigned to him by Muhammad (PBUH).

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Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to go to Mosque Quba, sometimes on foot or sometimes riding, every Saturday and used to offer two Rakats Salah, this is proven from the volume 2 of Sahih Al-Bukhari Book 21 – Hadith Number 284/285).

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Mimber at Mosque Quba – Photo: Waqas Zain

In the 20th century, a famous architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil was assigned to make it a larger mosque. He wanted to adapt the old design to make a new one, but the old mosque had turned down and this mosque had been created in a new way.

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Hallway of Quba Mosque – Photo: Waqas Zain

The renovation of this mosque had been done several times, the first person to renovate this was Uthman Ibn Affan (RA) then Umar (RA) ordered the construction of Quba Mosque’s minarets.

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Outer view of Mosque Quba – Photo: Waqas Zain

And during the Ottoman Empire, Abu Yali Al-Husaini had built the point inside the mosque which determines the praying direction.

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Mosque Quba linked with the Library – Photo: Waqas Zain
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Praying area inside Quba Mosque – Photo: Waqas Zain

About thirty years ago, in 1984, this mosque was further renovated, opening the extended mosque which allows more people to pray within the mosque. The North side is dedicated to the Women, where they come and pray with full privacy.

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Mosque Quba praying Area – Photo: Waqas Zain

This mosque has now, four fully built minarets. 56 domes which are linked to the residential places of Imams and Muazzins. Meanwhile, there is also a Library and a shopping center interlinked with Quba Mosque.

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Quba Mosque from outside – Photo: Waqas Zain

This place is indeed one of the finest Islamic landmarks which all of us should visit at least once in a lifetime.

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