126 mosques to be razed in Saudi Arabia for Madinah mosque expansion

October 22nd 2014 / Destruction of Holy Sites

Some 126 mosques will be demolished to carry out the expansion work of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Al-Arabiya reported.


The Bukhari Mosque which is situated a short distance north of the Haram in Madinah. Its fate is unknown.

According to director general of the Madinah branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments Dr. Muhammad Al-Amin Al-Khatri, many of these buildings have been vacated and that work is ongoing to vacate the others. He said specialist committees have been formed to purchase other housing units which will be demolished within and outside the Central Area.

Madinah is a treasure chest of buildings and mosques with immense spiritual, historic and religious significance. It seems much of this will be lost in the name of expansion and facilitating huge numbers of pilgrims.

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