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Mosque of Islamic Solidarity

Mosque of Islamic Solidarity
جامع التضامن الإسلامى
The Mosque of Islamic Solidarity in Mogadishu, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Basic information
Location Mogadishu
 Somalia
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1987
Specifications
Minaret(s) 1

The Mosque of Islamic Solidarity (Somali: Masjidka Isbaheysiga, Arabic: جامع التضامن الإسلامى‎) is a mosque located in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Capacity and location 2
  • Maintenance 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

History

The Mosque of Islamic Solidarity was constructed in 1987 with financial support from the Saudi Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Foundation. It is the main mosque in Somalia's capital city, and an iconic building in Somali society.

For 16 years following the outbreak of the Somali Civil War, the mosque had been closed down. However, in 2006, with the rise to power of the Islamic Courts Union, it was reopened once again.

Capacity and location

Capable of accommodating up to 10,000 worshippers, the Mosque of Islamic Solidarity is the single largest masjid in the Horn of Africa. The mosque also overlooks the Indian Ocean.

Maintenance

While parts of the mosque have collapsed since the start of the civil war in Somalia in 1991, the Islamic Courts Union attempted to restore it. The deputy chairman of the ICU's executive committee also called on Somali merchants and businessmen to assist in the restoration efforts.

See also

References

  • Somalia Largest Mosque Opens - Islamonline.net
  • Shaul Shay, Somalia between jihad and restoration, (Transaction Publishers: 2008)


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