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The semi circle area known as the Hateem is approximately 3 metres adjacent to the walls on the sides of the kaabah, it is actually considered to be part of the Kaabah despite the fact of lying outside of the walls of the Kaaba. A Hadeeth reported by Hazrat Ayesha radiyallaho anha states that the height of the walls of Hateem remained lower due to the lack of resources when the kaabah was being re built. The area still remains to be part of kaabah, it is for this reason that Tawaaf must be performed outside the area of Hateem.
Praying in the hateem is like actually praying in the kaabah.


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You will see that the section ‘K’ couplet can be seen.

The text is the following:

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rabbu al-jamali ta`alallahu khaliquhu
fa mithlahu fi jami` al-khalqi lam ajidi

O Lord of beauty! Exalted is Allah Who created him,
for such as him in all creation I have never seen.


This image shows three things:

  1. The date of the one of the refurbishments made to the holy chamber made in the year 1228AH/ 1813 CE – the circular disk.
  2. There is a verse of poetry above the door next to the circular disk.
  3. The Quranic verse is actually placed there to cover up a couplet of poetry written by Sultan Abdul Hameed Khan written in th year 1191AH/ 1777 CE

The verse of poetry above the Quranic Ayat is from the Diwan of Sayyidina al-Imam al-Habib ‘Abdallah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad Rady Allahu ‘Anhu .
The verse is the 16th verse from his masterpiece:

I have read, that the entire diwan is is engraved in the hujra (room) of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam where he used to live with Sayyidatna ‘Aisha Rady Allahu ‘Anha.
From the outside can be discerned the 16th verse of this qasida which reads:
Nabiyyun azeemun khuluquhu’l khuluqul-ladhee
Lahu ‘azzam ar-Rahmanu fee Sayyid i’l Kutbi
A great Prophet whose character was the character
Which the Most Beneficent has exalted in the Master of Books.
Here, Sayyidina al-Imam al-Habib ‘Abdallah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad Rady Allahu ‘Anhu is referring to this verse of the Qur’an Kareem in praise of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Wa Innaka La’alaa Khuluqin ‘Azeem
Assuredly, you are of a most excellent character (68:4)


The Mihrab is truly a wonderful piece of art and engineering. What I used to find amazing about this piece of work, is that it was covered in beautiful calligraphy but I used to get angry and worried that I could not understand it. This was one of the main reasons I started my research as I found it extremely odd that such a beautiful piece of art is sitting in my Prophet’s masjid and I cannot fathom what it says.

Please see the image below:


This Structure is the Mehrab that is situated closest to the Holy Chamber. It is also right opposite the Mehrab where the present day Imam would lead prayers.

There are a number  of important points to note. which we will cover InshAllah. Briefly the points are:

  1. This Structure is closest to the Holy Chamber – as opposed to another Mehrab that is to the right of this image.
  2. This Mehrab is situated adjacent to an important Pillar – The pillar of Mukhalaqa.
  3. The Structure has calligraphy that indicate that this is where our Holy Master SalAllahu alayhi wasalam performed his Holy Prayers.

A closer look at the Mehrab

The Cone





Starting with the cone on top of the Mehrab – circled in red. What do you think it says?

The calligraphy is from the Quran and describes an event that  involved another Mehrab.  The Quranic verse is the following:

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Surah AL-Imran {The Family of Imran}, p/o Verse 37):

“Every time he (Zakaria) he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room).”

The Upper Arch

Just above the Upper arch we find a small red plate that informs us of what this Mehrab is:

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“This is the Mehrab of the Rasool Sal Allahu alayhi wasalam”

Right hand arch column

On the right hand arch column there is a sign that goes onto describe the actual place where our Holy Master actually prayed:

right of arch

The sign reads:

“This is the place of prayer of the Messenger of Allah, Peace be upon him”.

The entire block has been placed over the place of prayer of our holy Master SalAllhu alayhi wasalam.

The left of the arch column

To the left of the arch column is written a hadith of our Holy Master SalAllhu alayhi wasalam:

left of arch

The Prophet, Peace be upon him, said: “Prayer is the mainstay of religion”.

Right of the arch

The right of the actual arch itself starts off with the following Quranic Verse:

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(from Surah #2 Al-Baqarah {The Cow}, Verse 144):

“Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s, Peace be upon him) face to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.”

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Over the arch continuing to the Left

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This is another Quranic Verse:

Surah #33 Al-Ahzab {The Confederates}, Verse 56):

left of arch b

“Allah sends his Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad, Peace be upon him), and also His angels (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad, Peace be upon him), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting

As this is a command to send Peace and Blessings on the prophet, The next portion is the Durood:

The transliteration is:

“Allahuma Salli Alaa Sayyidina Muhammadin Khatimu Nabiyeen wa  Mursileen wa Rasool ul Alimeen”

sometimes the photos that I took or the images I managed to attain had a lot of flash on them so it was difficult to actually elucidate what the Arabic calligraphy was saying. Using photographic software you can invert the colours to  give you a clearer image. So, for the Durood Shareef I managed to attain the following image when the colours were inverted thus giving  better view of the Arabic:

left of arch c

This ends the calligraphy around the arch. We will now continue to study the calligraphy within the Mihrab itself.

The text within the Mihrab itself

The text within the arch reads the following Quranic Ayat:

central arch b

(These believers who have bargained with Allah for the Hereafter are those) who turn to Allah in repentance, worship, praise and glorify (Allah), fast, abstain from the worldly lusts, bow down before Him (most humbly and submissively) and prostrate themselves before Him (seeking His nearness), command good and forbid evil and guard the limits (set) by Allah. And give glad tidings to these believers.

(from: Surah #9 Al-Taubah {The Repentance}, Verse 112)

This is the end of the Description of the Holy Mehrab itself.

Behind The Mehrab


On the posterior wall of the mihrab is the historic inscription of five lines written in the Mamlooki Thuluth script:

1.”In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, and Peace be upon our leader Muhammad.

2.This Noble Mihrab has been placed in the prayer place of the Prophet by order of the Humble Slave (of Allah),

3.the Sovereign Ruler, Al-Ashraf,

4.Abu Al-Nasr Qaitibai. Allah is Eternal and Supreme.

5.In the month of Dhu Al-Hijjah (of the Sacred Months), in the year 888 A.H.”

Appended to the aforementioned inscription, in the same script, is the following:

6. Its renovation was ordered by His Majesty,

7.King Fahd bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz AL Sa’ud,

8.Who Glorifies Allah, in the year 1404 A.H..

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Ayat 35 surah al-Nur dikenal dengan nama Ayat Nur. ﴾اللهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي الله لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ﴿ "Allah adalah cahaya seluruh langit dan bumi. Perumpamaan cahaya Allah adalah seperti sebuah tempat pelita yang di dalamnya ada pelita besar. Pelita itu berada dalam kaca (dan) kaca itu seakan-akan bintang (yang bercahaya) seperti mutiara, yang dinyalakan dengan minyak dari pohon yang penuh berkah, (yaitu) pohon zaitun yang tumbuh tidak di sebelah timur (sesuatu) dan tidak pula di sebelah barat(nya), yang minyaknya (saja) hampir-hampir menerangi walaupun tidak disentuh api (lantaran minyak itu sangat bening berkilau). Cahaya di atas cahaya (berlapis-lapis). Allah membimbing kepada cahaya-Nya siapa yang Dia kehendaki, dan Allah membuat perumpamaan-perumpamaan bagi manusia, dan Allah Maha Mengetahui segala sesuatu." (QS Al-Nur [24]: 35) #abdulkarimalmakki #quran #quranhour #عبدالكريم_فطاني_المكي @johanarrif @alafasy_group @alafasy @abdulkarimalmakki #dji #drone

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