The extension of the Quba Mosque, the first mosque erected by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, has been approved by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (PBUH).
On Thursday, he made the news during a visit to Madinah.
The historic mosque will be expanded to 50,000 square meters to accommodate 66,000 worshipers as part of this project, which will be the largest in its history.
“The initiative intends to emphasise the mosque’s religious relevance while conserving its architectural style and other landmarks,” the Crown Prince explained.
He said the restoration will make the monument more efficient for tourists’ spiritual and cultural experiences.
According to Saudi media, the initiative intends to alleviate overcrowding and improve worshipper safety. In addition, the road system in the area will be improved to make it easier to get to the mosque.
The Quba Mosque was the earliest mosque in Islam’s history. It was erected in the year 1 A.H. and is located five kilometres south of the Prophet’s Mosque (622 A.D).
Prince Mohammed worshipped in the Prophet’s Mosque and the Quba Mosque during his visit to Madinah. Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, and a number of top officials joined him.