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The Green Dome
Dome
(Arabic: القبة الخضراء‎, translit. al-Qubah al-Khaḍrā’) is a green-coloured dome built above the tomb of the Islamic prophet Muhammad
Muhammad
and early Muslim Caliphs, Abu Bakr
Abu Bakr
and Umar. The dome is located in the south-east corner of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi
Al-Masjid al-Nabawi
( Mosque
Mosque
of the Prophet) in Medina.[1] The structure dates back to 1279 AD, when an unpainted wooden cupola was built over the tomb. It was later rebuilt and painted using different colours twice in the late 15th century and once in 1817. The dome was first painted green in 1837, and hence became known as the Green Dome.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Tomb of Muhammad 3 See also 4 References

History[edit] Built in 1279 AD or 678 AH during the reign of Mamluk Sultan
Sultan
Al Mansur Qalawun,[3] the original structure was made out of wood and was colourless,[4] painted white and blue in later restorations. After a serious fire struck the Mosque
Mosque
in 1481, the mosque and dome had been burnt and a restoration project was initiated by Sultan
Sultan
Qaitbay
Qaitbay
who had most of the wooden base replaced by a brick structure in order to prevent the collapse of the dome in the future, and used plates of lead to cover the new wooden dome. The building, including the Tomb of the Prophet, was extensively renewed through Qaitbay's patronage.[5] The current dome was added in 1818 by the Ottoman Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud II.[1] The dome was first painted green in 1837.[2] When Saud bin Abdul-Aziz took Medina
Medina
in 1805, his followers, the Wahhabis, demolished nearly every tomb dome in Medina
Medina
based on their belief that the veneration of tombs and places claimed to possess supernatural powers is an offense against tawhid.[6] Muhammad's tomb was stripped of its gold and jewel ornaments, but the dome was preserved either because of an unsuccessful attempt to demolish its hardened structure, or because some time ago Ibn Abd al-Wahhab wrote that he did not wish to see the dome destroyed despite his aversion to people praying at the tomb.[7] Similar events took place in 1925 when the Saudi militias retook—and this time managed to keep—the city.[8][9][10] In 2007, according to The Independent, a pamphlet endorsed by the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and published by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs stated that "the green dome shall be demolished and the three graves flattened in the Prophet's Masjid".[11] Tomb of Muhammad[edit]

View from the side of the Hujra

The grave of Muhammad
Muhammad
located inside the quarter seen here.

Muhammad's grave lies within the confines of what used to be his and his wife Aisha's house, the Hujra. During his lifetime it adjoined the mosque. The mosque was expanded during the reign of Caliph
Caliph
al-Walid I to include his tomb.[2] Muhammad's grave is an important reason for the particular high sanctity of the mosque, as the Dome
Dome
of the Prophet marks the location of the tomb.[12] Millions visit it every year, since it is a tradition to visit the mosque after the pilgrimage to Mecca. The first two Caliphs, Abu Bakr
Abu Bakr
and Umar
Umar
are buried next to Muhammad. Umar
Umar
was given a spot next to Muhammad
Muhammad
by Aisha, which had originally been intended for her. Muhammad's grave itself cannot be seen as the area is cordoned off by a gold mesh and black curtains[citation needed] due to Wahhabi teachings which forbid giving significance to graves[citation needed] (visitation of graves and the deceased is allowed in almost all of the other major sects of Islam).[citation needed] The grave itself is covered by symbolic sarcophagus and is adorned with green silk.

Green Dome
Dome
and Prophet's Mosque
Mosque
at sunset

See also[edit]

Burial places of founders of world religions Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia

References[edit]

^ a b Petersen, Andrew (2002-03-11). Dictionary of Islamic Architecture. Routledge. p. 183. ISBN 9780203203873.  ^ a b c Ariffin, Syed Ahmad Iskandar Syed (2005). Architectural Conservation in Islam : Case Study of the Prophet's Mosque. Penerbit UTM. pp. 88–89,109. ISBN 9789835203732.  ^ "Prophet's Mosque". ArchNet. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ "The history of Green Dome
Dome
in Madinah and its ruling". Peace Propagation Center. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ *Meinecke, Michael (1993). Mamlukische Architektur. 2. pp. 396–442.  Meinecke, ', II.. ^ Peskes, Esther (2000). "Wahhābiyya". Encyclopaedia of Islam. 11 (2nd ed.). Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 40, 42. ISBN 9004127569.  ^ Mark Weston (2008). Prophets and princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the present. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-0-470-18257-4.  ^ Mark Weston (2008). Prophets and princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the present. John Wiley and Sons. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-470-18257-4.  ^ Vincent J. Cornell (2007). Voices of Islam: Voices of the spirit. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-275-98734-3.  ^ Carl W. Ernst (2004). Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World. Univ of North Carolina Press. pp. 173–174. ISBN 978-0-8078-5577-5.  ^ Jerome Taylor (24 September 2011). " Mecca
Mecca
for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ Important Sites: The Prophet’s Mosque

Coordinates: 24°28′03.22″N 039°36′41.18″E / 24.4675611°N 39.6114389°E / 24.4675611; 39.61143