Masjid is one of the sacred places in Islamic traditions as Muslims use to visit it on daily basis. History tells us in every area Masjid construction has always been a keen interest of Muslims. out of which some are so astonishing that must be visited. Here 10 of the ancient Mosques around the world would leave you gratified and even sentimental at the prominence of Islam in all corners of the world. All mosques represent the real traditions of Islamic teachings and throw the light of historical history. Muslims can visit all mosques in Makah and Medina by availing the Umrah packages by specialized Umrah travel agencies.
Some of the ancient mosques in the world are described below by their significant values.
Masjid Al Haram, The Great Mosque of Makah is the first and ancient mosque in the world, being the place where the prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son, Ismail (RZ) used to perform obligation. It is also the most divine of the holy spots in Islam. It is the first house for Muslims, built for the worship of One God Allah.
Masjid-Al-Nabawi also called the Prophet’s Masjid is placed in central Medina, Saudi Arabia. Built just after the Prophet SAW migrated to Medina from Makah, it is believed the second holiest site in Islam. Almost 1,400 years old, it has undertaken many extensions from its beginnings as a magnificent construction, to now be the second-largest Masjid in the world.
3- Al-Aqsa Mosque:
Al-Aqsa Mosque is situated in Jerusalem; built-in 705 A.D is a very important and holy place in Islam. It is also the Masjid where our prophet Muhammad SAW prayed on the night of spiritual travel called Mirage. It was also the former Qibla for 17 months after migration to Medina after a revelation to which the Qibla was turned towards the Kaaba. This Masjid is one packed with historical events and the pride of all Muslims throughout the world.
4- Quba Mosque:
The Quba masjid is one of the ancient Mosques of the world. The first stone for the construction of the Mosque was laid by our prophet Muhammad SAW himself in the year 622 after he migrated to Medina from Makah.
5- The Great Mosque of Sana’a:
The Great Mosque of Sana’a also known as Al-Jami al-Kabir bi-Ṣanʿa is located in Yemen and is built during the 7th& 8th centuries. It is built next to the Ghumdan Palace. The Mosque has a boundless architecture built over time in a different era. An extensive renovation was done by Queen Arwa Ibn Ahmed in the year 1130. The Mosque is also in the UNESCO World’s Heritage catalog.
6- Ummayad Mosque Syria:
Ummayad Mosque also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus in Syria and is one of the ancient Mosques built in the year 634. It was built after the overthrow of the Arab on a former Basilica site dedicated to Yahya (the prophet). The Mosque has endured many dynasties and ruling eras
7- Mosque of Uqba:
The Mosque of Uqba also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan is located in the city of Kairouan, Tunisia. It was constructed by Arab General Uqba Ibn Nafi in the year 670 at the time of the formation of the city. It is an important Mosque in Tunisia and the architectural style of the Mosque was followed throughout the Maghreb region. The Mosque was a center of learning both in Islamic thoughts and Secular sciences before the educational universities centered on Tunis in the 11th century.
8-The Old Jumma Masjid of Kilakarai:
This Mosque is in Kilakarai, Tamil Nadu also known as Palaiya Jumma Palli, built during the Pandiya Dynasty by the Yemeni Trader after being ordered by the Emperor of Yemen after accepting Islam in the Prophet’s period.
9-The Great Mosque of Kufa:
The Great Mosque of Kufa in Iraq was constructed in 670 AD and is one of the famous and revered places of prayer Among the Shia sect of Muslims.
10-Great Mosque of Xi’an:
The Great Mosque of Xi’an in China is one of the ancient Mosques in China. It was built and finalized in 742. Unlike the mosques across the world with domes and minarets, this Mosque is built in a Chinese architectural style. There are also Arabic engravings within the Mosque.
Muslims believe Makah and Medina are the holiest cities where pilgrims can visit for Umrah and tour by availing Umrah group packages 2022. Mosques are considered as the house of Allah so by visiting Mosques one feels to be a guest of his great host Allah SWT.