Al-Bajli Mosque: Homage to a great Companion
مسجد البجلي التاريخي للصحابي الجليل "جرير البجلي"
08 JAN 2021
Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi
Historical mosques across the Kingdom offer a glimpse into the country’s past – few epitomizes this more than the iconic Al-Bajli Mosque in Taif.
The historic mosque is located south of Taif city in the village of Al-Qudah, approximately 170 kilometers down the Sarawat Mountains that overlooks Tihama. It is attributed to the great Companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) Jarir bin Abdullah Al-Bajli – his grave as well as the mosque stand as testament to the village’s rich history.
One of the oldest historical mosques in the region, it dates back to the Prophet’s (pbuh) farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 AH. When the muezzin of the time called for prayer, he had to ensure his voice reached the surrounding areas because there were no loudspeakers.
Al-Bajli Mosque was built from irregularly-shaped stones and its roof constructed using juniper tree trunks. A water drainage system called the shedah was implemented on the roof using a cement-like material. The mosque contains a praying hall for men and another for women, as well as a school for memorizing the Holy Qur’an and forensic sciences. It spans about 350 square meters and has a capacity for 135 worshipers.
The mosque was reconstructed so that it now features an imam’s room, prayer halls on the eastern side and western sides, water reservoir, warehouse, toilets, ablution areas, well and cemetery