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The Story of 112 years old bulb at Masjid-e-Nabwi

`Where social media has transformed itself as the initial source of information, it has also become a hub of fake news, rumours and much more. The association of rumours with Prophet (PBUH) life, His commodities or other related information has become a habit every other day.

People spread fake news without authenticity at times in love and other times in illiteracy. What new rumour is the buzz of social media town is described below?

What is the new buzz of town?

Social media is filled with pictures of a light bulb with the caption that it is the light bulb used in the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah in 1325H approximately 100 years back in past.

Is it a rumour or real fact?

People are amazed by the news circulating in social media. The researchers spent their due time and concluded from the information inscribed on the bulb that it is some 111 years ago as almost the same time when electricity entered Arabian Peninsula. Read more: 6 Amazing Facts About Quba Mosque in Madinah

What do historians talk about it?

According to the historic data stored in Madinah Municipality website, the electricity was introduced by Sultan Abdul Majid and the first electric bulb was lit inside the Mosque of Madinah for the first time in Shaban 25, 1326H or 22nd September 1908. Read more: 1,400 Years old, Water still flows in Uthman (رضي الله عنه) well in Madinah

Who was Sultan Abdul Majid?

Sultan Abdul Majid was the ruler of Othman era. He initiated the expansion of the prophet’s mosque during 1265 – 1277H under the oil lamps. Read more: Sultan Noor-ud-Din Zengi, A Great Islamic leader who Protected the Grave of Holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

When were the power stations built?

During King Abdul Aziz time of Prophet’s Mosque expansion during 1370H – 1375H, a special power station was built for lightning Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. The number of bulbs reached 2,427 at that time. Read more: Pakistani women stitch complete Holy Quran in 32 years

Who lit lamps for the first time in the mosque?

According to The Holy Mosque of Madinah, written by Mohammad Al-Sayyid Al-Wakeel, the mosque was originally lit by palm fronds.

According to Abu Nuaim narration referring to Abu Hurairah who said that the one who first lit a lamp in the mosque was Tameem Al-Dari. He came from Palestine in 9H, he changed the light to oil lamps and the first one to use it. Read more: After 25 years, Imam of Masjid-e-Nabwi moved back to Prophet’s Mihrab to offer 5 times prayers

Which technology is in use in Prophet’s Mosque?

According to some historians, the one who first lit lamps in the mosque was Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab when people gathered there for Taraweeh prayer. The lamps were then lit by oil and the technology is still in use by the Saudi government in Madinah.

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Source: Khaleej Times

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