Mihrab


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Mihrab

A niche in the mosque of any religious Muslim building that indicates the direction of prayer toward Mecca.

Mihrab

 

a prayer niche located in the wall of a mosque facing Mecca. The mihrab may have a semicircular, polyhedral, or, less often, rectangular plan and is topped with a semidome. Ornamentation consists of decorative carvings in stucco, marble, clay, or wood; inlays; frescoes; and decorative semicolumns and arcature bands. Portable mihrabs, mainly of wood, with carved ornamentation, are known.

mihrab

mihrab with the minbar on the right
A niche in the mosque or any religious Muslim building indicating direction of prayer toward Mecca. Focal point of decoration with dome in front.
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The project has been the brainchild of QEHB's Muslim chaplain, Rehanah Sadiq who sought donations to create the freestanding mihrab over three years ago to create the essential focal point for the Muslim prayer room in the hospital's purpose-built faith and community centre.
If the Imam stands in the Mihrab followed by the prayers, the praying of those prayers who have stood in the first queue of the praying is correct if they can see the Imam.
However, the Fatimid period was the golden era for the mosque, where gilded mosaics, marble works, a wooden compartment and a mobile minbar were introduced and part of the mihrab was silver-coated.
Nothing but a small area of Timurid-period tile remained in situ, indicating the possible location of the 15th-century mihrab (figure 8).
A bomb disposal squad expert said the explosive device had been placed in a cupboard near the mosque's mihrab -- a semicircular prayer niche.
One group of people is busy praying while a few women are kissing the mihrab, the niche that indicates the direction of Mecca.
Donner, "Piety and Eschatology in Early Kharijite Poetry," in Fi mihrab al-ma'rifa: Festschrift for Ihsan 'Abbas, ed.
such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside ?
A mihrab, or prayer niche, that indicates the direction of Mecca is found on the south side of the church.
In the middle of the qiblah wall stands the mihrab, a hollow arch for the imam to lead worshipers in prayer, surmounted by an arch beautifully carved with verses of the Holy Quran.
It also boasts the oldest surviving mihrab (niche indicating the direction of Mecca) in the world.
It is assumed that this building was non-functional, merely built for illustrative purposes with no mihrab (niche to indicate direction of Mecca).