Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that the Qaba Mosque will be expanded tenfold.
According to Arab News, the new project will be the largest expansion in the history of the mosque in Medina, covering an area of 50,000 square meters.
Under the plan, attributed to Saudi King Salman, the mosque’s capacity will be increased to 66,000 worshipers.
Masjid Qaba is the first mosque of Islam which was built by the Prophet of Islam.
Regarding the project, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman said that under the project, the capacity for pilgrims would be increased during the Hajj and Umrah season.
The project also aims to highlight the religious significance of the Qaba Mosque and preserve the monuments located nearby along with the architectural style.
The mosque is located five kilometres south of the Prophet’s Mosque and was built in 1 AH (622 AD). It will be surrounded by shady courtyards that will be attached to the place of prayer.
The expansion plan will increase the space for pilgrims in the mosque, while the nearby road system will be rebuilt to facilitate access to the mosque.
The purpose of the restoration work is to preserve several sacred monuments inside the mosque and its courtyard. The construction and rehabilitation of 57 sites, including wells, fields and gardens, is also part of the project.
Appreciating King Salman’s efforts for the historic mosque, the Crown Prince said that the project was designed to achieve the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.
During his visit to Medina, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman offered prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque. He also visited Roza Rasool.
The Crown Prince was accompanied on the occasion by the Governor of Madinah, Prince Faisal bin Salman and other senior officials. Prince Muhammad bin Salman also visited the Qaba Mosque.