Al-Badiyah Mosque, also known as the Ottoman Mosque, is the oldest known mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Located in a small village in Fujairah, it is unknown when exactly this mosque was first built, though recent findings place it at roughly around 1446 AD.
The mosque itself is quite small, having an area of only 53 square metres, and the roof is just 1.5 metres high. It is built from stones and mud bricks coated in layers of whitewashed plaster. The only pillar in the mosque, placed smack bang in the centre, supports the 4 helical domes atop the Masjid. This pillar also divides the internal space into 4 smaller squares.
Additionally, there are quite a few decorative windows in the prayer area, allowing light and air to stream through into the mosque. Carved into the walls are little square (see a design pattern yet?) spaces which hold copies of the Quran and other Islamic books.
The mosque is quite a popular tourist attraction because of its rustic design and it still hosts daily prayers in Fujairah. Keep in mind that the mosque can only hold about 50 - 70 people at a time, so it can get quite busy on Fridays.
The Wudu area for Al-Badiyah Mosque is, in my opinion, the coolest Wudu area ever designed. Al-Badiyah Mosque, being a real OM (original mosque?), is kicking it old-school style. Let me know if that sentence actually makes any sense because I honestly have no idea. Anyway, I was talking about the fantastic Wudu area which is just a well. Yep. A proper pull-that-rope-and-fill-the-wooden-bucket well. And a pretty awesome well at that.
Can you imagine waking up for Fajr and having to do Wudu using that? I would just trip over myself and fall into the thing, I’d be so sleepy! Hopefully the bucket will serve as a pretty comfortable pillow/floatation device. That’s actually why they put the grill there in the first place.
It’s the first day of university and to kick off the first of many #MasjidMondays, we’re having a look at the first ever Masjid built in Islam: Masjid Quba.
The Masjid’s first stones were positioned by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 622 when he emigrated from Makkah to Madinah, and the construction of the Masjid was completed by his companions. The mosque was competely redesigned in 1986 though it still retained aspects of the original Medinan design.
It has 6 domes, and 4 minarets. The main prayer hall connects to a cluster containing residential areas, offices, ablution facilities, shops, and a library.
Narrated by Sahl ibn Haneef, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said that offering two raka’āt of Nafl prayers in Masjid Quba is equal to performing one Umrah.
Additionally, the Masjid is mentioned in the Qur’an, in Surah At-Tawbah, as the mosque founded on piety and devoutness (Masjid al-Taqwa).
So Insha’Allah, if you ever visit the Masjid, make sure you pray as many Nafl as you possibly can. And then pray some more. Maybe finish it off with a nice Dua and a few more Nafl. Definitely visit the library if you get the chance
Oh, and did I mention that you might want to pray some Nafl prayers?