This Is What the First Mosque Ever Built Looked Like (And How It Looks Today)

The oldest mosque ever built was the Masjid al-Quba. Quba used to be a village not far from Medina.It was built right after hijra, which is the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers to the city of Medina in 622 CE. The Prophet and his companions helped building it.


The Quba Mosque has been renovated several times by various caliphs in history. The third caliph, Othman ibn Affan, was the first to do so, followed by the caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz, who ordered the construction of the first minaret. Abu Yali Al-Husaini built a mihrab (a wall in the mosque that indicates the praying direction). During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, a few other changes were made.


Some thirty years ago, the mosque was changed once more. The construction began in 1984. Two years later, the extended mosque opened. The north side of a newly installed inner courtyard with several entrances was reserved for female visitors.

In the meantime, the mosque has expanded to a super-mosque fully equipped with four minarets, 56 domes and adjoined to it is the residence of Imams and muezzins. There is also a library and a shopping centre.

It seems to me that this mosque is definitely worth paying a visit!

Written by Hayat El Khattabi

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Hayat Jamal is a 22-year-old History student. She likes to read, write and practice sports.

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    The Quba Mosque: Arabic: (مسجد قباء) is the first mosque ever built in Arabia and the oldest mosque of Medina. Its first stones were positioned by the prophet Muhammad on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina and the mosque was completed by his companions. According to Islamic tradition, offering 2 Raka’ahs prayers in the Quba Mosque is equal to performing one Umra.
    The Quba Mosque: When Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil (b. 7 August 1943 in Cairo) is an Egyptian architect who designed over 15 mosques in Saudi Arabia and is considered by many as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture.was commissioned, in the 20th century, to conceive a larger mosque to replace the old mosque, he intended to incorporate old structure into his design. But the old mosque was Demolish & destroy and replaced with a new one.

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