You must have seen pictures of an electric bulb, claiming to belong to the Holy mosque in Madinah, which is very common on social media and a topic of discussion these days. It is said to be in an era of more than 100 years ago from 1325H. News like this is always a hot topic as people start to share such stories and pictures without authentication in excitement. Stuff like this from the past, holding a sort of royal position (in this case belonging to the Holy Mosque in Madinah) is a subject of interest. People are amazed to see how this news and picture came into discussion after such a long time out of nowhere.
According to our research and resources we found that to be exact, this bulb was installed around 112 years ago. This was the time when electricity was first introduced in the Arabian Peninsula. The date was engraved on the bulb. During 1265H to 1277H, the mosque was reconstructed. It was expanded and renovated, according to the Madinah Municipality website. These changes together with the bulb were installed in the era of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Majid on 22nd September 1908 when electricity was introduced by him. Thus for the first time, the Holy Mosque of Madinah was glowing with light on Shaban 25, 1326H.
Before that oil lamps were used in the mosque for lightening purpose. The mosque was further renovated and expanded during 1370H to 1375H, in the era of King Abdul Aziz. He then set up a special power station in Madinah for lightening the holy mosque. The number of bulbs or lamps then reached to almost 2,427. The mosque was previously lit by palm fronds, as narrated in the book “The holy mosque of Madinah” written by Mohammad Al Sayyid Al Wakeel. As told by a Saudi researcher, in 9H, during the period of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) when Tameem Al Dari came to Palestine, he changed the light into oil lamps and was the first one to use it. This was narrated by Abu Nuaim referring to Abu Hurairah. Before this the light used came from liting the dry branches and leaves of date plants.
On the other hand, according to some other historians, the oil lamps were first lit by Calip Umer Bin Al Khattab during the taraweeh prayers. Even today this technology is used in Madinah by the modern Saudi Government. Some people out there might just not want to believe it as a thing this old suddenly came into news during the past few days and never before.
But this thing is very important to Muslims all over the world as it is something which belongs to a Holy place where our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) belonged. Everything from this place, even the dust is dear to us but sometimes people start worshiping things like this for no reason and take it into a wrong direction which is not right.
Source: Arab News
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