Al Zaytuna Masjid: Tunis, Tunisia

The capital city of Tunisia hosts the Al-Zaytuna Masjid that played a significant role in religion many centuries ago and recently renewed this role. This masjid is the oldest in Tunis and has quite a history to it. Its very structure has an interesting history, for 160 of its columns were brought from the ruins of…

Juma Masjid: Durban, South Africa

The largest and oldest masjid in the Southern hemisphere is actually located in South Africa. Its original building was constructed in 1881 but by whom? Had Islam traveled south throughout the continent Africa and the indigenous people there converted to Islam? Not exactly. And the European colonizers certainly were not the ones who brought Islam…

Wangjia Hutong Women’s Masjid: Kaifeng, China

Here in the West, we have many crucial conversations about women’s place in the masjid and including a space for them (see the Side Entrance blog or the Twitter hashtag #BringDowntheBarrier for more information). However, in some areas in China, the situation is quite different. The residents of the city of Kaifeng are Muslim and…

Great Masjid of Kano: Kano, Nigeria

Go back about ten centuries and you’ll find that the modern city of Kano, Nigeria used to be the capital of the Hausa Kingdom of Kano. This kingdom was made up of the Hauso people who are the largest ethnic group in West Africa and one of the largest in the continent. In the 1300s,…

Hagia Sophia: Istanbul, Turkey

During its first construction, the Hagia Sophia was not intended to be a masjid and very little of it is used for prayer today. It was built in the year 360 as a cathedral under the rule of the Byzantine Empire (the eastern half of the Roman Empire) in the ancient city of Constantinople, which…

Ganting Grand Masjid: Padang, Indonesia

The Ganting Grand Masjid, also known as Masjid Raya Gantiang, is one of the oldest masjids in Indonesia and the oldest in the city of Padang. The masjid was built in the early 18th century at the bank of a river in Padang, but was soon relocated to its current location because the Dutch—who exerted…

Great Masjid of Djenné: Djenné, Mali

Out in Western Africa, in the country of Mali, is the largest mud brick building in the entire world. This building also happens to be the Great Masjid of Djenné (pronounced juh-nay), named after the town in which it is located. The other buildings and houses in Djenné are also made from sun-baked bricks. This…

Makkah Masjid: Hyderabad, India

Don’t let the name of the masjid fool you: although it’s called the Makkah Masjid, it’s not located in the city of Makkah but actually the city of Hyderabad, India! The name of the masjid might seem to be a misnomer, but it is called the Makkah Masjid because some of the original bricks for…

Jerusalem, Palestine

The literal English translation of Masjid Al-Aqsa (pictured above) is “the farthest mosque” which refers to the event of the night journey Prophet Muhammad ﷺ took, known as Al-Isra and Al-Miraj.The angel Jibreel came to the Prophet ﷺ at night and transported him from Makkah to the site of Masjid Al-Aqsa. The Prophet ﷺ made this…

Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Madinah, located a little more than 270 miles north of Makkah, is the second holiest city in Islam. This city was host to important history and significance during the time of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. It is home to many religious sites and of course the beautiful Al-Masjid An-Nabawi. The city’s religious significance began with the…

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

In Islam, Makkah is undoubtedly one of the most important places on Earth. The historical significance lends itself to the religious significance of this magnificent city. A huge portion of the prophethood of Muhammad ﷺ centered around Makkah, including the battles to reclaim the city from the non-Muslims. Still much earlier than that, Makkah had significant…