Medina Media Gallery – Centre for Research and Studies in Medina

Another must visit place in Medina. It is located to the north of Masjid e Nabawi in a building known as Dawoodiah Centre . It is around 20 minutes walking distance from Roza e Rasool sallallahu alayhe wasallam. It has an amazing miniature model of the present day Masjid e Nabawi showing the exact no of pillars, the name of the important pillars as well as the location of the mimbr and the mehrab and the Riadh ul Jannah. It also displays what it is like inside the Green Dome, showing the walls, the lead underground barrier in the shape of a circle as well as the location of the Roza e Rasool, Abu Bakr and Umar (ra)

This centre also contains a beautifully detailed model of the battle of uhud and trench so absolutely amazing that you will feel like you are right there in the battle field. It  also has models of the original design of the Masjid  Nabawi as it was in the first year of hijra, after change of qibla and after the expansion. However these models are very simple clay models, unlike the beautifully detailed  models in Darul Medina Museum. This museum is a MUST visit. It is an enlightening time travel experience!

Another important model was that of Jannatual Baqi. There was some models of the important Masajids as well.

Outside the Medina Media Gallery… aka Centre for Research and Studies in Al Medina

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Chart showing the inside of the sacred chamber  – the Roza e Rasool (s)

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Another chart showing the out side grill and the location of the resting place of Prophet Muhammad s, Abu Bakr and Umar (r). In order to keep it different from the square shaped Kabah, Umar bin Abdul Aziz had a wall made around it with a triangle at the bottom side, so it does not stay in the shape of  a square, resembling the Kaabah.

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Miniature model of the current Masjid e Nabawi, showing the out grills of the sacred chamber, the room of Fatima to the left, the mimbar, the mehrab, and the pillars.

Another 3D chart showing how it is inside the sacred chamber. The yellow wall is the room and the  hujra of  Aisha (r) which was closed up during the time of Umar. The three rectangles inside the yellow square are the resting places of Rasool Allah (s), Abu Bakr (r) and Umar (r)Around it, the brown walls in the shape of square + triangle was built by Umar bin Abdul Aziz. In order to keep it distinct from the Kabah, it was not made in the shape of a square. The green walls are the outer golden grills and the silver circular wall is the underground lead wall for protection.

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Miniature model of Masjid e Nabawi showing the sacred chamber’s outer grills, Riad ul Jannah, the pillars and the mehrab and the mimbar.

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The top view inside the sacred chamber and the room to the right is the room of Fatima (ra). A small dome was constructed over the original room+hujra of Aisha (ra) and then a silver dome was constructed over it later on. This dome is now painted green. In the past, this dome has been of various colors including white and blue. It is currently green.

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A  simple clay model showing the Masjid as it was in the first year of Hijra. The Qibla was Baitul Muqaddas, so the praying are was to the south (left below) .

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The masjid in the first year of Hijra only had the room of aisha connected to it.

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A simple clay model showing how the Masjid was re-done after the Qibla was changed. Previously, when the Qibla was Baitul Muqaddas, the praying niche was to the North of the Masjid and in the Southern area of the masjid was a little shed for the Ashab e Suffah. The rooms of Aisha (r) (seen to the right in the model below) were on the southern edge as well.However, after the chaange of Qibla, the praying area was moved to the south and the Ashab e Suffah  to the north where as the rooms remained where they were. The model below shows the masjid and how it was after the Qibla was changed

Below is the model after the change of Qibla. You can see the Ashaab e Suffah shed to the north, the praying area -covered by a mud roof – to the south and the rooms to the south – right.

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Masjid e Nabawi was extended during the life time of Prophet Muhammad and increased in size. More rooms for the wives were added as well.

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View of the rooms of the wives of the Prophet (s)

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Second from left on the top was the room of Aisha r and next to it, the room of Fatima (r)

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View of some Masjids where some Seerah event occurred.

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The picture quality on wordpress is not so great, so you can check out the photo album with these and more photos on Facebook here: See Medina Media Gallery FB Album

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