Restoring the grandeur of the old northern mosques
مساجد الجوف تاريخ إسلامي ينبض بالروحانية
18 JUL 2020
Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi
There are numerous historical mosques across the Kingdom where worshipers find comfort and happiness because they hold special memories of their ancestors, and Al-Jouf is no different. We highlight two of these buildings being redeveloped as part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman project to restore historical mosques.
The Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque in Al-Jawf, located near the Mared Castle in the Daraa neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal, is one of the most important historical mosques in the Kingdom. Its significance stems from its construction that resembles the Mosque of the Prophet in Madinah. In addition, Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab was the one who ordered its construction when he was heading to Jerusalem in the year 16 AH.
The minaret of the mosque
The mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab is most distinguished by its minaret, which is located in the southwestern corner of the building. It is square in shape, with a base of 3 meters long. The stone minaret has a height of 12.7 meters that narrows to the top with a semi-hierarchical summit.
The minaret is divided into four floors connected to each other by a stone ladder. Visitors can enter the minaret by going up to the roof of the mosque and then to its first floor, which leads to the outside road. There is also an isolated place of prayer during winter in the back of the mosque.
Located northwest of Al-Hadeetha in Al-Jouf near the ancient Emirate castle, the eponymous mosque embodies a unique architectural style and is considered one of the oldest heritage places of worship in the region. It was built in 1373 AH as the main entry station for pilgrims coming from the Levant, Turkey, Russia and Chechnya.
It was the only mosque where Friday prayers are held, attracting worshipers from neighboring areas. Its significance lies in being a meeting place for villagers to welcome guests, hold consultations and resolve disputes.
Before its expansion, the area of the mosque was about 229 square meters and could accommodate about 65 worshipers. It features a prayer house, open courtyard, restrooms and an entrance at the northern façade. Following the restoration, the mosque now has prayer facilities for women, restrooms for both genders, and can accommodate 86 worshippers in total.