Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Al-Masjid An-Nabawi As-Sharif

…mega plans…

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…this expansion is MEGA…and causing mega concerns within the Ummah…it means the eventual destruction of more of our significant heritage sites; the Musalla (1) which includes Masjid Ghamamah, Masjid Abu Bakr, (renovated) Masjid Ali, possibly Masjid Umar and the serene garden of Saqeefa…it means the Mimbar, for the first time since our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam delivered the Khutbah, will be moved…and the Mihrab be far from Rowdha Shareef…

…so…by the time a two year old toddler is an adult this is how they will find Masjid Nabawi when they come for Umrah or Hajj…the entire expansion project supposedly completed by 2040…creating a space for 2 million worshippers…built over three stages…the King has directed the first stage to be finished within two years…increasing the capacity to more than 800,000…

…do we surmise that the central section to the west of the current Masjid is the first stage???…Allahu ‘Alum…what of the numerous recently completed hotels, what of several buildings that have not even been completed but are marked for demolition…what of the incredible work carried out throughout the entire courtyard for the installation of the umbrellas…billions of expended Riyals…what of the Shariah court and the huge new Qiblah Hotel…which according to these plans butt right up to the most south eastern corner of the extension…maybe they remain for a few years before being demolished if this large central section is not due to commence for some years to come???…Allahu ‘Alum…

…does this mean the Mayyit is to be carried so far to Janatul Baqi if the Imam is in this central section?

…the crowds already favour staying within close proximity to their hotels…especially the old and frail…one needs to see how the courtyards overflow with thousands who do not, or cannot enter deeply inside the existing structure…the logistics of accessing the inner sections of such a huge space is a concern…

…the hotel availability within reasonable walking distances will be drastically reduced, creating hardships for many…

…the mind boggles trying to comprehend the number of staff needed for a Masjid of these proportions…security…cleaning…maintenance…and of the two million how many desire to be in Rowdha Shareef?…the present chaos sisters are confronted with is already a disaster…

…the infrastructure cannot cope with the numbers as they are…transport is gridlocked…utilities stretched beyond capacity…is the answer to stop the rapid increase in pilgrims to ensure safety and ease of movement and facilitating a spiritual experience rather than increase the quota??

…what are your thoughts…opinions…answers for the Ummah???

…view the video (Arabic) of the King’s visit in September to lay the foundation stone for this mega expansion…

…images and more information from here

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UPDATE

Alhumdulillah, the King has responded to pressure from Ulema NOT to expand Masjid Nabawi to the south, but to pursue with the plan to extend it to the north, thus not affecting the heritage of the Mimbar or Muhrab and Insha’Allah preventing the destruction of the Musalla area, though I cannot see how Saqeefa will not be consumed within this mega alternative. Announcement here.

These images also from the same link as above. Allahu ‘Alum if this is the final design.

…more images here…why SSOOOO massive? look at the scale of the proposed minarets!!!! …and that dome…why dwarf the Dome of Peace in such a way??? the mind boggles more!!!!

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.

18 Comments

  • Yasmin Reply
    November 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Jazakallah khair for this very informative post!

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      SOOOO nice after all this time to see your familiar presence Dear Sister Yasmin! JazakiLlahu khaira!
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Mumtaz Qadri Reply
    November 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Mind boggling indeed!

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Mumtaz and family,
      far too many things appearing mind boggling in our beloved Haramain. Time to lower the gaze and be in constant Ibadah…not easy to do. May Allah Ta’ala save us all, Ameen.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Muhammad Qasim Khan Reply
    November 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Wahhabis r hypocrits and there is no husn al zann for them. They should b exposed

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      JazakumuLlahu khaira brother, easier said than done.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • hussain naqshbandi Reply
    November 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    The latest expansion is unnecessary. All that is happening is that the wahaabis want to destroy the Islamic Heretage and put a wahabi stamp on everything.

    They wish to move the people away from loving the Prophet Salallahu alaihi wasallam and instead love the dunyan and its luxouries as they do.

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Brother Hussain, they can and will do all they want but NEVER can anyone take the love of our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam from our hearts…we and only us are to blame to for the weak state of our heart, and only we have the capacity and ability to empower more and more love for our Deen and the Sunnah, Insha’Allah. If we can follow the ‘guiding stars’, the way of the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum, and have Dunya in our hand and Deen firmly planted in the heart then maybe the outward will return to the glorious way of our Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
      Wassalamu alaikum

      • abdul hussain Reply
        November 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
        dearest abdul&family,
        far too many things appearing mind boggling in our beloved Haramain. Time to lower the gaze and be in constant Ibadah…not easy to do. May Allah Ta’ala save us all, Ameen.
        Wassalamu alaikum

  • Abdullah Reply
    November 15, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I believe that this plan has been cancelled due to the high scholars objection to a southern expansion which will move the 1st lines far away from the original old mosque and thus moving the mihrab and the pulpit whis hasn’t been changed since the time of prophet mohammad pbuh

    • almiskenah Reply
      November 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dear Brother Abdullah,
      Alhumdulillah, I too saw this welcoming news, but I feel the alternative northern plan/design is just as ostentatious and extravagant. Please keep making Du’a for simplicity to prevail. Insha’Allah I will edit this post. JazakumuLlahu khaira for sharing this information.
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • safiah Reply
    November 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

    salaam
    sister I need to contact you about something insha-Allah that was written in your old blog.I need some reference and cannot seem to find.Please
    looking forward to hearing from you
    ma’salaam

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  • Ikramuddin Reply
    November 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Assalamualaikum,

    Heart hurts… tears.

    But we know that no matter what the structure, the Barakah of the most Mubarik alaihisalatuwasalam will always permeate!

  • Zia Reply
    November 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Assalam o Alaikum

    Nice to see that you are back to city of Noor.

    I believe that this model has also been rejected, new plan is yet to be made public, hope some one knocks some sense in those architects.

    PS: I hope me and my family/parents name is in the list, if you at all remember me . 🙂

  • saraj Reply
    November 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Salaam brother

    We have been working on trying to get this expansion stopped our at least save or heritage as much as possible.

    I have alhamdulillah recurved the good news but need further clarification on things which you maybe be able to help me with.

    Prewar can you kindly contact me on my email and leave me your email and contact number so I may call you to discuss.

    Kind thanks

    WA salaam

    Saraj
    07446 001078

  • WAHID NOOR KHAN Reply
    December 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    JANNATULBAQEEH KA KYA HOGA.WAHAN PAR JO MAZARAT HEIN KYA WOH SAB SAHI SALAMAT BAQI RAHENGE,AGAR HAN(YES)TO AAP KA PLAN BUHOT ACHCHA HE.AGAR NAHIN TO AASAR E SAHABA E KARAM,MAZAR E HAZRAT USMAN E GHANI RADIYALLAHU TA’ALA ANHU AUR UMMAHATUL MOMININ KE MAZARAT KO MISMAR KARNA EK SUNNY HARGIZ GAWARA NAHIN KAR SAKTA, MASJIDON AUR MAZARAT KI BE HURMATI KARNE KE LIYE DUNYA MEIN BUHOT SARE MULK HEIN ,KAM SE KAM AAP TO APNE CHEHRE KO IS DAGH SE BACHAEN ,AAP HAKIM E WAQT AUR SAHIB E TAQAT HEIN ALLAH NE AAP KO ZAHANAT ATA FARMAI HE ,BAQI SAB AAP KE HATH MEIN HE.WASSALAM.

  • Saad Yaqub Reply
    March 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Mawlaya Salli wa Sallim Da’iman ‘Abadan ‘alaa Habeebika Khayr il-Khalqi Kullihimi.

    As-Salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu. Hope you and your household are in the best of health and spirits.

    Is there any update on the new plan for the extension of the Noble Masjid an-Nabawi, Sall-Allahu ‘alayHi wa Aalihi waSallam?

    Also, I’ve heard that there’s a hadith which informs us that near the End Time, the Masjid an-Nabawi Sall-Allahu ‘alayHi wa Aalihi waSallam will reach as far as a Uhud mountain. Is this correct?

    Jazak Allah Khayran Kathira.

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