The visiting worshippers to Madinah are enamored by the view
of the ten minarets of the Prophet's Mosque, which is considered an Islamic
Worshippers are guided by these minarets to the mosque,
which can be seen from all angles due to their heights.
Through history these minarets were the outlet to carry the
adhan, the call for prayer, since Bilal Bin Rabah (Allah be pleased with him),
the first muezzin in the days of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
The Prophetís Mosque has undergone many developments in
history, but since the reign of the Saudi state it has witnessed huge
improvements at various levels to accommodate more worshippers whose numbers
are increasing annually.
The late King Abdul Aziz made the first improvements in the
Saudi era between 1370 and 1375 AH, and kept the two minarets in the southern
corner of the mosque and demolished the other three to build instead two new
minarets at the northern corner. Each of the minarets is 70 meters high.
Each minaret consists of four floors, the first is in a
square shape and goes all the way up to the roof and ends with a balcony in a
square shape. The second is designed in an octagon form and the walls are built
high to the ceiling ending with triangles and attached by a balcony as well.
The third is designed in a way that can carry a circle shaped balcony at the
top, while the fourth is designed in a circle shape carrying pillars decorated
by triangles at the top end and above it a balcony.
The expansion of the Prophetís Mosque continued during 1406
to 1414 AH and six minarets with height of 104 meters were added taking their
number to 10. The new minarets were designed in harmony with the existing ones
during the first expansion works. Four of these minarets are lined on the
northern side; the fifth on the southern east side of the extension of the
mosque and the sixth is located at the southwestern corner of the mosque.
The Prophetís Mosque continued to undergo more expansions
especially in 1434 AH where the mosque underwent a major expansion, increasing
its capacity to reach 2 million worshipers at the end of the project, which is
considered the largest in the history of the mosque, and the most prominent
Islamic event in all parts of the globe.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman continued the
process of giving in the service of the two holy mosques.
He stressed his keenness to follow up the work on the major
expansion project of the Prophet's Mosque and related projects, which aim to
serve Islam and Muslims from all over the world. It also seeks to serve the
people of Madinah and its visitors by a continuous follow-up by Saudi Crown
Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and the direct supervision of Madinah Emir Prince
Faisal Bin Salman. ó SG