As per the reports of Arab News, the General Presidency for the Affairs relating to the Two Holy Mosques has prepared the place for welcoming the Prophet (peace be upon him) by directing the Imam to go back to the Mihrab of the Prophet(peace be upon him). This was announced by the presidency on its website.
The Friday prayers were the first prayers to witness the return of the Imam to the original Mihrab in the Masjid-e-Nabwi.
The Friday’s prayer was led by the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Biaijan in the Prophet’s Mosque.
The presidency has already made the pathway that leads to the place for welcoming the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his two companions, for allowing the worshippers to visit the place without any hassle. This decision was taken considering the crowd of worshippers witnessed by the mosque. This decision is followed by another one which allows the worshippers to perform prayers in the Prophet’s Mosque and visit the Prophet and his companions easily and comfortably.
As per sources, the instructions were released saying that the leading worshippers in the Mosque of the Prophet (peace be upon him) during the Friday prayers, Taraweeh, Midnight prayers and the two Eids would be held in the old mihrab of the Prophet’s mosque.
The sources reveal that the reason behind these directives is to avoid the occurrence of stampede while the worshippers visit the tombs of the Prophet(peace be upon him) and his two beloved companions Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hazrat Omar Farooq (RA).
Leading prayers from the old Mihrab that is the Mihrab of Prophet (peace be upon him) stopped twenty-five years back. Sheikh Ali Al-Huzaifi was the last Imam to have lead the prayers from the Mihrab of the Prophet in 1414H.