The 10 Oldest Mosque around the world would leave you proud and even Nostalgic at the greatness of Islam in all corners of the world. Itâ€™s history, story, kingdoms, wars that some of the Mosque has witnessed and yet standing as the landmark, a symbol of Muslims of the era bygone make we Muslims want to go there right now and supplicate to the almighty One God in those Mosque.
1. Masjid Al Haram
Masjid Al Haram (Kaaba) is indisputably the oldest Mosque in the world being the place where the prophet Ibrahim and his son used to pray. It is also the holiest of the holy Mosque in Islam and Muslims all over the world turn to the Qiblah direction of the Kaaba 5 times a day. It is written in the Qurâ€™an that itâ€™s the first house for Humanity build for the worship of One God Allah.
2. Al Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem
Al AQSA Mosque in Jerusalem built in the 705 A.D is a very important and holy site in Islam. According to a Hadith by Al Bukahri, it is the 3rd holiest site and a prayer there is worth a 1000 prayer. It is also the Masjid where our prophet Muhammad (pbuh) prayed on the night of Mirage. It was also the former Qibla direction for 17 months after emigration to Medina after a revelation to which the Qibla was turned towards the Kaaba. Al Aqsa has withstood many earthquakes, captures and was returned to its former glory by Saladin from the crusaders after the capture of Jerusalem. This Masjid is the one filled with history and pride of all Muslims throughout the world.
3. The Great Mosque of Sanaâ€™a Yemen
The Great Mosque of Sanaâ€™a also known as Al-Jami al-KabÄ«r bi-á¹¢anÊ¿ÄÊ¾ is located in Sanaâ€™a, Yemen and is built during the 7th â€“ 8th century. It is built next to the Ghumdan Palace site. The Mosque has a great architecture built over time in different era. Considerable renovation was done by Queen Arwa Ibn Ahmed in the year 1130.The Mosque is also in the Unesco Worldâ€™s Heritage list.
4. Mosque of Uqba Tunisia
Mosque of Uqba also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan is situated in the city of Kairouan, Tunisia. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage town. It was built by an Arab General Uqba Ibn Nafi in 670 at the time of the founding of the city. It is important Mosque in Tunisia and the architectural style of the Mosque was followed throughout the Maghreb region. The Mosque was a centre of learning both in Islamic thoughts and Secular sciences before the educational universities centred around Tunis in the 11th century.
5. Ummayad Mosque Syria
Ummayad Mosque also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus is in Damascus Syria and is one of the oldest Mosques built in 634. It was built after the conquest of the Arab on a former Basilica site dedicated to Yahya (the prophet). The Mosque has withstood many dynasty and ruling periods and is one of the most visited attractions of the country for its immensely beautiful architecture and ofcourse the lure of history.
6. Qubba Masjid Saudi Arab
The Qubba Mosque (masjid) is the one of the oldest Mosque of the world. The first stone for the construction of the Mosque was laid by our prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself in the year 622 after he emigrated to Medina from Makah. It has its mention in Sahih Hadiths by Bukhari where the prophets (pbuh) use to ride or walk to the Mosque (masjid) on Saturday and offer 2 rakah Salaah.
7. Old Jumma Masjid, India
This Mosque is in Kilakarai, Tamil Nadu built during the Pandiya Dynasty by Yemeni Merchant after being ordered by the Emperor of Yemen after accepting Islam in the Prophetâ€™s period. Built in 628 and reconstructed again in the 11th century, this Mosque (masjid) stands proud, tested by time and is a symbol of Islam at its prime that spread via sea routes. Ibn Battuta also mentions this Mosque (masjid) in his Rihla saying that â€œthe people there lived as though they were in the Arab landâ€
8. The Great Mosque of Kuffa Iraq
The Mosque of Kuffa Iraq was completed in 670 AD and is one of the famous and revered place of prayer Among the Shia sect of Muslims. It is located in Kufa, Iraq.
9. Great Mosque of Xian China
The Great Mosque of Xian in China is the oldest Mosque (masjid) in China. It was built and completed in 742. Unlike the Mosque (masjid) around the world with domes and minarets, this Mosque (masjid) is built in a Chinese pagoda architectural style. There are also Arabic inscriptions within the Mosque. It is also a tourist attraction for people who visit the place.
10. Cordoba Mosque Spain
Cordoba Mosque currently a Cathedral started its construction in 784. It is one of the famous Mosques, tourist attraction spanning dynasty and encapsulating history. The limelight of the Cordoba Mosque is the amalgamation of the Moorish with Renaissance architecture. It is visited for its marvellous and intricate craftsmanship in the architecture and the lure of history, kingdoms that the Mosque has withheld and still standing strong.
Next time you take a trip and visit these countries, make sure you make it to the list of the oldest Mosque of the world.
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