The Prophet Muhammad’s mosque called Al-Masjid an-Nabawi was closed for the first time after 14 centuries – 1,400 years. This is a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus.
Since Thursday evening, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina (Al- Masjid Al- Nabawi ) has been closed to the faithful by decision of the authorities. The decision reinforces measures to stem the spread of the accelerating coronavirus epidemic around the world. The call to prayer is maintained and prayer only authorized in a restricted committee (mosque staff). Last Friday, only a few dozen faithful were present for preaching and weekly prayer.
This new development was made public by a dedicated Islamic Twitter nick @QuranAndHadithh.
“The Prophet’s mosque was closed for the first time in 14 centuries, since the time of the Prophet’s Islamic mission. Ya Allah, please put an end to this Corona virus. “Tweeted the account with a photo of some men closing the doors of the mosque.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia suspended congregational prayers in other mosques across the country, with the exception of Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi.
A moment full of emotion and sadness. The imam could not hold back his tears at the sight of this new scene. Recall that the Masjid An-nabawi has a capacity of 250,000 people inside and a total capacity (esplanades) of a million people.
The number of confirmed virus cases in the country stands at 274.
About Al-Masjid an-Nabawi
Al-Masjid an-Nabawī (French: Prophetic Mosque, Arabic: ٱلْمَسْجِد ٱلنَّبَوِي) is a mosque established and built by the Prophet Muhammad (PSL), located in the city of Medina in the Hedjaz region of Saudi Arabia.
It was one of the first mosques built by Mohammed and is today one of the largest mosques in the world.
It is the second holiest site in Islam, after the Great Mosque in Mecca.  It is always open, regardless of the date or time.
IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina closed to the faithful