The Muslim faithfuls are currently observing the Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community, prompting us to take a look at the most beautiful mosques which is the praying place for the Muslims in Nigeria and all over the globe.
Watching true Muslims pray and live is very therapeutic as they do it with so much peace and grace. The best place to witness this amazing sight and feeling is in a mosque.
Mosques commonly serve as locations for prayer, Ramadan vigils, funeral services, Sufi ceremonies, marriage and business agreements, alms collection and distribution, as well as homeless shelters. Historically, mosques were also important centers of elementary education and advanced training in religious sciences. In modern times, they have preserved their role as places of religious instruction and debate, but higher learning now generally takes place in specialized institutions. Special importance is accorded to the Great Mosque of Mecca (center of the hajj), Prophet’s Mosque in Medina (burial place of Muhammad) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (believed to be the site of Muhammad’s ascent to heaven).
In the past, many mosques in the Muslim world were built over burial places of Sufi saints and other venerated figures, which has turned them into popular pilgrimage destinations.
Be it on Fridays or Ramadan season, a mosque is always packed with faithful followers all for one cause; true worship. You really get to take in the beauty of the sanctuary when you are inside, mosques indeed are special. Also known as a masjid in Arabic, a mosque is a place of prayer and worship for a Muslim. In addition, they can also serve as a beautiful historical site, community centers, and social places for hosting an event like Ramadan.
According to history, most mosques in Nigeria and the world, in general, were not always as beautiful as we see them today. In fact, the first mosque that was ever built in Nigeria was made of mud. Aside from being a religion, Islam has influenced architectural design in many parts of the country. Beautiful mosques can be found all around Nigeria. That being said, here is a list of some beautiful mosques in Nigeria.
Ilorin central Mosque
In Ilorin, Kwara state capital is a new ultra-modern Jumat central mosque. With a capacity of 20,000 people, there is no doubt that this has become a tourist’s attraction center in the country.
Lagos Central Mosque
This architectural edifice in central Lagos used to be the national Mosque until the capital city was moved to Abuja. The Lagos central Mosque used to be the national Mosque until it was moved to Abuja as well as the capital city.
Bashir Uthman Tofa Mosque in Gandun Albasa, Kano
The architecture of this mosque is majestically glamorous. It was built by Alhaji Tofa. He was the National Republican Convention (NRC) candidate in the annulled Nigeria’s June 12, 1993, presidential election.
Emir of Kano Mosque
The great mosque of Kano was shifted to a new site in 1952 by Muhammed Zaki. It was rebuilt again due to desolation sometime between 1855 and 1883 by Sarkin Kano Abdullahi dan Dabo. After its destruction in the 50s, the British Government sponsored the building of a new mosque in the gratitude of the role Nigeria played during WW2.
National Mosque Abuja
It is also known as the Nigerian national mosque. The mosque was built in 1984 and it is open to the non-Muslim public except during congregational prayers.
Due to the issue of security, Buhari doesn’t worship here all the time except for special occasions. The Nigerian president does his prayers mostly at the mosque inside the Villa.
Ramadam Kareem to the Muslim faithfuls!