I know the impression “Heaven on Earth” is used by a lot of people but its meaning becomes proper when there’s in fact a place that can measure up to this Jannah on Dunya. In reality, the place that can literally claim itself to be such is the Mosque of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) [Masjid Nabawi]. Covered with green carpets and the tears of millions, the gardens of paradise on earth is a place known to almost every Muslim but at the same time, there’s a lot we don’t know about it. Here are some exciting facts and secrecies of our beloved Prophet’s mosque.
#1.The Mosque Had No Dome. There Are Two  Now:
Over 600 years after the Prophet (P.B.U.H) passed, there was no dome over his grave. The first dome, made of wood, was built by a sultan in 1279. The green dome that we’ve now come to see is actually the outer one over the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) room. The inner dome which is smaller than the outer one, is the second dome and has the names of the Prophet, Abu Bakr, and Umar written inside of it.
#2.The Dome Had A Purple Colour:
History has it that the dome had gone through several renovations and colors before it came to the current shape and colour. At some point, it used to be white, and then purple-blue which stayed the longest. It’s also believed that the Arabs of Hijaz were really fond of this colour.
#3. It’s The First Place To Have Electricity In The Arabian Peninsula:
Yes. This blessed place was the first to be lit up when the Ottomans introduced electricity to the Arabian Peninsula. In fact, the Sultan had to wait a few more years before his Istanbul palace had full electricity.
#4. The Present Mosque Is Bigger Than The Old City:
The current mosque is over 100 times the size of the original building. In other words, the mosque now covers almost the whole area of the old city itself.
#5. The Prophet’s Room Has An Empty Grave:
This has been opened to a lot of debate but it’s been said that there’s an empty grave next to where the Prophet, Abu Bakr, and Umar are buried. Interestingly, this has been confirmed by the individuals in charge who went in to change the coverings in the hujrah in the 1970s. Some people believe that the empty space is meant for Prophet Isa when he returns but that matter is still controversial.
#6. It Was Demolished By Fire:
Bulk of the old mosque plus the original mimbar of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) was destroyed in a fire that came through the mosque after the Prophet passed away over 100 years.
#7. Has A Lot Of Secret Symbols:
The mosque is full of delicate signs and secrets with each pillar, dome, and window carrying a story and indicating the location of events that both carry spiritual and historical prominence. Because putting up signs everywhere would be a distraction from the main purpose of praying, the constructors of the mosque thought it ideal to indicate the location of importance through little changes in the design of those surrounding signs.
Our beloved Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) mosque was and still is the centre of the first Islamic community and nation. It features a lot of great things, more than just a mosque. Its existence signifies the bulk of our greatest victories and calamities. With time, I’m sure Muslims will get to appreciate it even more along with the hidden stories it conveys, Allah-willing.