ThePlace: Quba Mosque in Madinah

Quba Mosque in Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2018

ThePlace: Quba Mosque in Madinah

  • Prophet Muhammad visited the Quba Mosque every Saturday by foot or by riding his camel
  • The praying space is 5,000 meters square and the area of the building along with its facilities is 13,500 meters square, and fits 20,000 worshippers

Quba Mosque was the first mosque in the history of Islam, and the first mosque built in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The Grand Mosque in Makkah has priority as it is the first mosque built for the people, but the Quba Mosque was the first mosque built by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions.
It is located southwest of Madinah, 5 kilometers from Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) and was built in the year 1 A.H (622 A.D).
Quba Mosque witnesses an influx of worshippers and visitors throughout the year, but the numbers have increased because of the Hajj season. Large gatherings can be observed in the mosque’s precincts, especially in the early hours of the morning.
It is of great importance because in a Hadith narrated by Ibn Umar, it is said that Prophet Muhammad visited the Quba Mosque every Saturday by foot or by riding his camel.
There is a Hadith narrated by the Prophet: “Whoever makes ablutions in this house and offers one prayer therein, will be rewarded the equivalent of one Umrah.” This makes the mosque of great importance to Muslims, and it hold significant historic value.
After the death of Prophet Muhammad, his companions renovated the mosque and enlarged it many times.
In the reign of King Fahd, the Quba Mosque was expanded in 1405 A.H. The praying space is 5,000 meters square and the area of the building along with its facilities is 13,500 meters square, and fits 20,000 worshippers.
The Development Authority of Madinah plans to enlarge the Quba Mosque and its surrounding space to cater for the growing number of visitors and Hajj performers. It is predicted that the mosque will accommodate 55,000 visitors.
The mosque has four minarets and 56 domes and next to it is the residence of imams and muezzins, a library, lodging for the guards in an area of 112 square meters, and a commercial center with 12 shops covering an area of 450 square meters. The mosque has seven main entrances and 12 subsidiary ones. 


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.