MASJID AL QUBA
“The best of houses is the house where an orphan gets love and kindness.”Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
AL QUBAMASJID is considered to be the second largest mosque in Madinah and is situated in the South of Madinah. Worshippers visit Masjid-e-Quba from all over the world, but the numbers increase in the holy month of Ramadan.
About Masjid Al Quba !
Islamic Legends say that its first stone was positioned by Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, the stones, sand and rocks was personally carried by Prophet (PBUH) himself. Al-Tabarani quoted Al-Shimous Bint Al-Nuaman as saying, “I saw the Prophet when he constructed this mosque. It further states that his dress was dusty and his companions who tried to help him he would tell them to go and carry a similar load instead. After the completion of the mosque, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam spent 14 days in this mosque praying qasr (Arabic a short prayer).
Ancient days mosque had a well belonging to Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made it a habit to come to Quba Mosque every Saturday, either riding on his camel or on foot walking to offer two Rakat prayers.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said
“He who purifies himself at his home and comes to Masjid Quba and offers two Rakat Prayers therein, will be rewarded the reward of an Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).”
Many Caliphs renovated the mosque; the first renovation was made by the third Caliph Usman Ibn Affan (May Allah Be Pleased with Him). The first minaret of the mosque was built by Caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz.
Today’s Masjid-e-Quba mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers. Elements of the new building include work by the Egyptian architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, The courtyard is flagged with black, red and white marble. There are 7 major entrances and 12 supplementary. The northern section is reserved for women worshippers. The present day mosque now has 4 minarets and 56 domes connected to a house of Imams and muezzins, and a library, with a commercial center for shops covering an area of 450 sq. meters.