The Ottomans were the servants of the Blessed Sanctuaries for four hundred years, dedicating and sacrificing lives and wealth; devoted to protecting, maintaining, constructing and serving all aspects of life.
Ottoman architecture reflects their mastery of creating austere inner spaces employing the techniques incorporating domes and vaults.
This harmonious and aesthetic balance is seen in my favourite local mosque, a contemporary structure imitating the refined elegance of the Ottoman influence.
Unfortunately, like so many of the local mosques, residential and commercial properties suffocate the immediate space around them.
The tall slender minaret, directing our focus to the Heavens, contrasts with the robust shape of the dome over the square plan.
The decoration is in the artistry of the brick work!
The simple natural texture of the bricks, both inside and out, is left as a design statement unto itself, which adds to the austere uncluttered lines.
The interior speaks of the same simplicity. This is the entrance for brothers, the sisters enter a stair well to the left, that opens to a small, but beautiful area overlooking the main prayer space below and the awesome dome above.
Awesome due to its purity, devoid of extraneous decoration. The Ayat at the apex is integrated into the featured brick work.
The chandelier being a single circle, mirrors the dominant circular theme….
…and is gentle in its stylized halo effect….
….while the carpets avoid some of the tizzy effects seen in other mosques, and are always meticulously clean…..
…unlike this small window situated on the side of one of the vaults adjacent to the sisters prayer area. But this dust does not detract from the overall ambience of this mosque. Madian dust seems to add a layer from our history and the times when our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum more than likely passed by this very place as it is very close to Masjid Juma’ah and thus to Masjid Quba.
These three photos are of the large model of Madinah as it was at the time of the Ottomans. This model is part of the exhibition in the Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Research and Studies Centre. (in Arabic only)
The Ottomans, out of reverence for our Beloved Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam forbid any structure to be higher than the Green Dome.
The rectangular compound at the top of this photo were the Ottoman barracks. To the right of this are two of the grand examples of the Ottoman’s architectural legacy in Madinah; Al-Anbariayh Masjid with the Railway Station on the top right.
The following poem (shared by some one special, JazakumuLlahu khairan katheeran) reflects the feelings of the Ottoman soldiers who defended Madinah during World War I, reflecting the great esteem they had for the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, seeking His blessings by His Chosen One. The poem, addressing the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam, was written by lieutenant Idris Sabri, who was under the command of Fahreddin Pasha. May Allah Ta’ala awaken our hearts and infuse us with love and a yearning to follow His Habib, the best example for mankind, our Master Muhammad bin Abdullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
You Are Our Master in Both Worlds
You were a ruler; we came under your command
You are our king, promised from eternity
We were just a few; we have realized our goal with you
You are our Sultan in both worlds.
We have forgotten our past kings
You are the pupil of our eyes.
Forgive us our mistake, O intercessor
For the sake of our thousand-year strive.
We have transgressed much, no good deeds we have
We have become spoiled, counting on your nearness
We are rich at heart, but not covetous
A morsel of your intercession would suffice for us.
Almost no one will listen to, alas!
Our wish, so pure
In spite of your illiteracy, O Messenger of God
You are the only one to read our heart
Rosewater flasks have dried
Our tears haven’t stopped; mercy!
The cinders of incense burners have cooled
Hearts are burning with your love
No poet of ours is like Labid, or Hasan
And no poem do we have like Burda or Muallaqa
Except for the history written
By the Ottomans with rubies in red.
Cannot live without you, the children of Ertugrul
Turks will give up their lives, but not the beloved
We are eternally servants of Haramayn
Even if we die, our souls will guard your tomb.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.