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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

100 years old bulb at Prophet’s Mosque creates online buzz

JEDDAH: The social media is abuzz with a photo of an electric bulb used in the 
Holy Mosque in Madinah in 1325H, more than 100 years ago.
According to information inscribed on the bulb, the date of its installation was
 the same date when electricity entered the Arabian Peninsula, about 
112 years ago.
According a Madinah Municipality website, the mosque’s construction and 
its expansion during the era of Ottoman ruler Sultan Abdul Majid took place 
between 1265 and 1277H. Oil lamps were used at that time. Electricity was
 introduced by Sultan Abdul Majid and the electric bulb was lit inside the 
Holy Mosque of Madinah for the first time on Shaban 25, 1326H.
The expansion work during King Abdul Aziz’s times took place between 
1370H and 1375H. During this period, a special power station was established 
for lighting the Holy Mosque of Madinah when the number of bulbs or lamps reached 
Mohammad Al-Sayyid Al-Wakeel wrote in his book, “The Holy Mosque of Madinah,”
 that the mosque was originally lit by palm fronds. When Tameem Al-Dari came from 
Palestine in 9H, he changed to oil lamps as was narrated by Abu Nuaim referring to
 Abu Hurairah who said that the one who first lit a lamp in the mosque was Tameem 
Some historians say that 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