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Kisah Arsitek Masjidil Haram dan Masjid Nabawi yang Tolak Terima Bayaran

The story of the architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who refused to accept payment.

The Story of the Architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who Refused Payment

Dream - A man named Mohamed Kamal Ismail became an important figure behind the significant expansion of two main mosques in Saudi Arabia, namely Masjidil Haram in Mecca and Masjid Nabawi in Medina.

Mohamed Kamal Ismail is an architect from Egypt who was born in 1908. He was chosen by the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to oversee the expansion.

The Story of the Architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who Refused Payment

The expansion of Masjidil Haram at that time was mentioned as the largest expansion in 14 centuries. However, Ismail refused to be paid for his work despite being urged by King Fahd and the Bin Laden company.

The Story of the Architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who Refused Payment

"Why should I take money for work in the holiest place in the world? How can I face Allah on Judgment Day?"

Ismail quotes BBC.

               
The Story of the Architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who Refused Payment

Ismail is the person who initiated the use of marble as the flooring of Masjidil Haram to overcome the hot weather in Saudi Arabia.

White marble, famous for its rarity, its white color, and its ability to cool down buildings exposed to heat, was entirely imported from Greece. King Fahd then asked Ismail to use the same white marble in the Prophet's Mosque. The building has undergone several expansion stages throughout its history to accommodate pilgrims performing Hajj and Umrah.

After undergoing expansion during the reign of King Fahd, the area of ​​this mosque became approximately 356,800 square meters, allowing it to accommodate up to 820,000 worshippers on regular days and more than one million worshippers during the Hajj season and the holy month of Ramadan.

The Story of the Architects of Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi who Refused Payment

Ismail is the youngest graduate of a secondary school in Egypt. He is also the youngest person accepted by the Royal School of Engineering in the country. He was later sent to Europe to pursue further education in the field of Islamic architecture.

"He got married at the age of 44 and his wife gave birth to a son before he passed away. Ismail chose to dedicate himself to worship and stay away from the media spotlight until his death at the age of 100."

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