Observations on the Muslim Prayer Rug of Madinah Dome


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين الذي بعونه تتم الصالحات

والصلاة والسلام على رسوله المصطفى الأمين وآ له وصحبه

ومن أتبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين

All praises for Allah, Lord Master and Absolute Sovereign of the Universe, for only by His aid are all good deeds completed, and may the salutations of Allah and His peace and blessings be upon the Messenger Muhammad, the Trustworthy One, and upon his family and companions, and those that follow them and their way until the Day of Judgment.

اللهم صلّ على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما باركت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد

O Allah may the prayer (for all good) be upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you have given your prayer (for all good) upon Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem, – Verily you are Praiseworthy, Glorious. And bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you have Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem – Verily you are Praiseworthy, Glorious.

Observation on the Muslim Prayer Rug of Madina Dome, (built over the grave of the Final Messenger and Prophet of Allah, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, may the most perfect salutations of peace and blessings of Allah be upon him forever, and may he be absolved and freed from all deviations of the ignorant innovators).

Below are three pictures of a popular Muslim prayer rug DESIGN, which has an image in the background of the dome over the Prophet’s grave, may the salutations of Allah and peace and blessing be upon him, and also the Minarat, with the pillars of the Expansion of the Mosque under Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz in the foreground with the “Sahin” first courtyard open to the sky in the middle space.

The serious problem with this overall picture is that, if you know the Masjid of the Prophet in Madinah, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, then you know that the angle in this direction of the image is not pointing the person praying towards the Qibla – the prayer direction towards the Ka’ba in Mecca of all Muslims– but rather veering southwest to pray towards the Prophet’s grave as represented by the Dome. This is a serious deviation from the Monotheism of Islam, Tauheed of LA ILAHA ILL-A-LLAH, and may indicate a proclivity of some ignoramuses to worship the Prophet (peace be upon him) in idolatry and blasphemy instead of  Allah, the One and Only God Almighty and Majestic, as the Prophet himself commanded all the Muslims, and was the first and foremost of those to worship Allah without any iota of idolatry, and was the first to warn against all deviation in worship especially if taking his grave as a place and an object of worship.

See these pictures for perspective on the true Qibla as compared to the angle on the prayer rug above.


Above you can see through the courtyard to the Green Dome and the Mineret exactly in the same angle and position like the third rug example above. Note the Qibla is clearly not in that direction for anyone in the Masjid.


See in this larger layout picture above, that the Green Dome is at the left of the much smaller protruding Uthmai constructed Masjid expansion, which directly in front of the Saudi King Abdul Aziz Masjid expansion with its two open air courtyards (now with umbrella like shades during the summer days), which is today surrounded by the much larger Saudi King Fahd Masjid expansion. Below you see the Masjid an Nabawi as Shareef as it was just before this most recent expansion.   I remember those days well as in front of the Masjid there were small old Mud and Palm Tree trunk built buildings (seen clearly) , and  we would walk though the narrow alleyways of these mud houses to come to the Masjid from the north (we lived in Qurban).  In those days  and we could also park our cars at the time of Salat directly in front of Bab as Salam (on the left) to quickly catch the long line protruding from the front rows out the door under the open air, as long as we returned quickly to our cars not to block others and the flow of traffic of the cars and buses that would let the passengers disembark from the vehicles to visit the Masjid.  Subhanallah, what memories. We also would exit from Bab Jibreel on the left directly into the Suoq al Anabiyyah.  The aluminum shades on the right we a later addition and how hot it would become under them in summer. Ya Rabbana We seek Your Mercy and Forgiveness.

Picture above with Uthmani Masjid and the KSA King Abdul Aziz Expansion, before the current KSA King Fahd expansion.

Note that the angle of the image on the popular prayer rug (as given in first three versions of the rug above), are seen in true proportions  in another take of this picture as below, which demonstrates  the clear deviation from the Qibla to the Grave which is covered by the Dome.

(Qibla direction red arrow on right with deviation red arrow on left)

This clear deviation is an innovation that all Scholars Of Islam reject and rebuke as against the Prophet’s commands may the salutations and peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, and their is no doubt that the grave worshipers and the extremist is exaggeration of the status of the Prophet and the Saints (Auliya)  are somehow connected to this deviation.

Here is the elder Turkish expansion of the Masjid, before the modern expansion of Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz

And here is the modern expansion during the realm of Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy upon him, with the two directions in red arrows, one of the true Qibla and the one represented in the above prayer rug picture.

Of course the dead give away proof of this deviation, with stark clarity like the sun on a clear day, is the angle of Minarat behind the Green Dome (as seen in the three versions of the rug above), conclusively proving that the angle indicated by the rug for the person praying is not the true Qibla of Tauheed but the exaggerated veneration of graves by the extremist Sufis  and deviated innovators.

See below a map of the Masjid in another version. Note the Green Dome and Minaret in relation to the open courtyard.

And note here as above relationship of true Qibla to the deviated direction below

Another Map of the Masjid an Nabawi as Shareef below as it stands today

Map of the Prophet’s Mosque

Pillar Layout in Masjid-e-Nabawi

And another map, clearly showing Qibla in respect to Prophet’s grave and Dome above

           The Green Dome

The famous Green Dome that stands directly above the grave of Prophet Muhammad (sallaAllâhu ^alayhi wa sallam)


And here are some pictures below of the Prophet’s Masjid and the dome angles, taken after Fajr Salat, Friday, Muharram 23, 1434, Hijri   correlating with December 7, 2012, CE.

Facing north, from the south of al-Masjid an Nabawi as Shareef, we walked from east to west to take this series of four pictures to get a clear view of the relationship pf the Minarah to the Green Dome. Note particularly the third picture (3) view, due north from the south of the Qibla.

The first two from the eastern side, facing north:





Now from directly in front of the Qibla direction:



Now from western side:



Again note the relationship of the dome to the minarat in all these pictures


And another expansion is planned, as below which gives another perspective

Prophet’s Mosque Expansion.

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08/20/2005Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has issued a directive to complete the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

and of course see the

Mescid-i Nebevî çevresinde yapılması planlanan binalar

Plans for future buildings around the Prophet’s Mosque.


As we all know in the early era of Islam, the Prophet and the Muslim were in Mecca and they were directed to pray towards Jerusalem in the north, and therefore the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him, would often go south of the Ka’ba such that he would be facing the Ka’ba and also Jerusalem in the north when he would pray.

Upon Hijra to Madinah, this was not possible since Madinah is approximately due north of Mecca and Jerusalem is approximately due north of Madinah, and they faced the opposite direction of the Ka’ba of Mecca for the first year after Hijra.

Then the verses of Surat al Baqara were revealed


-> More here with Quran and Sunnah (Hadeeth) references

-> under development



the Saudi emblem on a Muslim prayer rug.

Would a Saudi be pleased to pray on a prayer rug with the Egyptian or Turkish or Pakistani or some other national emblem? Is this emblem distracting? If it is then of course you should seek another place to make your prayer with humility to Allah seeking His favors and forgiveness, seeking to practice His Laws to the best of ability, to make His Word Supreme in your life as indeed it is in the creation, may He be glorified High above what they associate with Him. Maybe it is just a slip and mistake, like many that we all commit, that is in need or correction, and Allah knows best.

But that’s another story of observation and analyses to be examined at a later time, and I think you get an idea of the issues involved.


Here is how we used to remember the Masjid al Haram of Mecca may Allah increase it in nobility and ranks of sacredness

Below: Muslims in Prayer around the “Kaaba” inside and outside Masjid al-Haram:

A picture of elder times, first, before the more modern era

Note the Tawwaaf Area, around the Ka’ba has sand in those days, and I remember that time in my first Umra in 1399 Hijri (1980 CE) before they covered the entire area with modern tiles of white granite, and before the “Juhaimaan” or “Mahdi” (false Mahdi and not true Mahdi) revolt experience in 1400 Hijri,   Subhana-Allah Glory be to Allah.

Another picture of the Sacred Grand Mosque in the sacred city of Mecca, of just a few years ago, during Ramadan of Hajj season.






And now here, below, is the “Royal Clock Tower” as some call it, below, towering over the Masjid al Haram, the most sacred Masjid of Allah with the Most Holy Kaba.  These towers are known as the “Abraj Al-Bait” Towers, (Towers of the House),  also known as the The Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower.

Of course from Inside the Tower the view of the Ka’ba and Masjid must be very beautiful, as see below also. But first the view from those inside the Masjid al Haram

Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower

See above the Masjid al Haram in Mecca, may Allah increase it in nobility, in respect to the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, may Allah deal with it with His Perfect Justice.

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Tnd below the view form inside the tower

The giant clock of Makkah is all set to tick home a new time standard, as some scholars believe that it will be an ideal alternative to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Boasting the world’s largest clock (4.7 times larger than Big Ben) on each side, the 1,591 ft tall hotel will be among the world’s second tallest tower. Estimated to cost USD$3 billion, the hotel will feature 24-hour butler service, segregated gyms, beauty parlours, grooming salons, a spa and a chocolate room where chefs will prepare bespoke pralines and truffles.

The hotel will be managed by Fairmont Hotels who are keen to make the hotel the most luxurious hotel in the Hoyl City. Speaking to Arabian Business, Mohammed Arkobi, the hotel’s manager, said the hotel will be at the centre of the seven tower complex located opposite the Grand Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, occupying a space equal to 15.6 million square feet.

Abraj Al Bait

The hotel will have 76 elevators and 1,005 guest rooms and suites. It will have five “Royal” floors and two “Golden floors”, the latter referring to Fairmont Gold, the company’s exclusive “hotel within a hotel”.

Isn’t the Clock Tower above, absolutely amazing given the famous Hadeeth of Jibreel asking the Prophet peace be upon him, about the signs of the last day, one of which is the building of large buildings by previously destitute goat shepherds and camel herders and so on and on in details?

for more on this SIGN of the Day of Resurrection see HERE


Mecca -Haj season 2011http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2…a-2011/100184/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/55007890@N08/6323285430/An aerial view shows the Mecca Clock Tower as Muslim pilgrims walking around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage rituals on November 7, 2011. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)http://www.flickr.com/photos/somalia…n/photostream/
Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba, seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. The Hajj will begin on November 5. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The Grand Mosque is seen from the top of al-Noor mountain where the Hiraa cave is located, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on November 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2…a-2011/100184/


The Makkah Tower Clock is seen at the background of the Kaaba.


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and with commercialism as it is you can get the shirt for

close to $30.00


We live in interesting times, and places

We Ask Allah for forgiveness and mercy for all Muslims.

hajj season 2011a muslim pilgrim prays as visits the hiraa cave at the top of noor mountain on the outskirts of mecca, saudi arabia on november 2, 2011.(hassan ammar/ap)



3 Responses to Observations on the Muslim Prayer Rug of Madinah Dome

  1. salina says:


  2. manrabbani says:

    A prayer rug is used by Muslims for a clean space.He or she will place the rug facing kaaba and perform Namaaz, no matter what is printed on the rug. It is wrong to accuse that a person praying on the rug with the Green Dome or Masjid Aksa is praying towards the green dome or Masjid Aksa and not kaaba sheriff.
    All Muslims in the World make the intention of facing Kaaba then performing Namaaz.
    Do not Accuse Muslims of someting which they are not doing.
    A person praying in Masjid Nabawi Sallallahua Alaihi Wasallam with Rouza Rasool in front of him, is not praying / bowing to the rouza rasool but his prayer is only for Allah the Almighty.
    The Saudi/Najdi’s Should stop this unnecessary observations.

    • Abu Salman says:

      Assalaam alaikum
      I think you misunderstand: I am only commenting on the prayer direction the picture represents as my evidence is clear.

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