Here Are 5 Mosques In Saudi With Rich Islamic History And Beautiful Interiors

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Saudi is known to have rich Islamic history across the region, especially since it’s the capital and birthplace of the religion. The Kingdom is house to many different mosques that date back to thousands of years ago. Scroll down below for a quick walk through history in these gorgeous mosques, and see which one is closest to you! đź‘€

5. Jarir Al-Bajali Mosque – Taif

This mosque is actually fourteen THOUSAND years old! Jarir Al Bajaili Mosque was recently restored under the Mohammed bin Salman Project for Developing Historical Mosques. The Saudi Crown Prince launched this project to preserve some of Saudi’s most historically significant mosques. This mosque is famously known for its connection to the great companion Jarir Bin Abdullah Al-Bajali, who reportedly embraced Islam with his people in Ramadan, during the 10th year of Hijrah. The restoration gave the mosque a room for Imam, prayer houses, a water tank, a warehouse, new ablution areas, and a cemetery. The mosque can accommodate around 130 worshippers.

4. Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque – Al Ahsa

The history of this spot goes back 300 years, and actually includes a school and ribat (fort) of Abu Bakr, a very significant figure in Islamic history.  The mosque was initially built out of mud, pebbles and logs of palm wood. The re-construction of the mosque now gave it an imam residence, kitchen, prayer room for women, water basins, and can accommodate 166 worshippers. It’s also important to note that many famous Imams belonging to the Abu Bakr family took turns to lead the mosque. Such figures include Sheikh bin Muhammad Omar al-Mulla (Abu Bakr al-Kabeer), Sheikh Abdullah al-Mulla (Abu Bakr al-Sagheer) and Sheikh Ahmed Abu Bakr al-Mulla.

3. Al Shafi’i Mosque – Jeddah

Also known as Al-Atiq Mosque, it is the oldest mosque in the Red Sea coastal city and dates back to the reign of Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab. The mosque is located in the Mazloum District and was named after Imam Muhammad ibn Idris Al-Shafi’i, one of the four imams of Islam, born in 767. Materials like mud, brick, stone and wood were used to build the mosque back in the 700’s. The mosque is now restored and is definitely worth a visit from anyone who’s passing by Al Balad.

2. Masjid Al Qiblatayn – Medina

Translated to ‘The Mosque of the Two Qiblas,’ this mosque is related to a very important revelation in Islam. A verse was mentioned in the Quran to change the direction of prayer from Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem to the Holy Mosque in Makkah. This mosque is believed to be the place where the verse was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Masjid Al Qiblatayn is still visited by many muslims when visiting the city of Medina, and it actually quite big!

1. Masjid Quba – Medina

This mosque is known to hold the most historical significance in Islam, after the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina. It is believed that this was the first mosque that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) built on his visit to Medina. It is one of the oldest mosques in the Prophet’s city, and is maintained quite well until today.

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