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Qafar Mosque: In memory of a fallen husband

مسجد القفار رسالة وفاء امتدت لليوم من زوجة لزوجها

03 JUN 2021

Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

Hail region is renowned for being home to several historic mosques among the oldest in the country. One notable example is Qafar Mosque, which has been rehabilitated as part of the Mohammed Bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation in the Kingdom. This old place of worship is located in the historic eponymous town near the road linking Hail and Al-Ula, about 20 kilometers southwest of Hail city. 


Qafar Mosque’s construction dates back to the period from 1334 AH to 1445 AH, when Ruqayya bint Abdullah founded the building after her husband’s death. It was renovated in 1385 AH according to an inscription on the pillar of the mihrab.

The mosque used to host Friday prayers and attracted worshipers from neighboring villages. A modern prayer house was built inside the mosque’s grounds in 1412 AH, and today the mosque is open to worshipers looking to perform the daily five prayers as well as the Friday prayer.


The mosque was built from mud and stone and features a wooden roof constructed from Tamarix and palm fronds. Its refurbishment added a prayer house, Al-Sarha, prayer area for women, toilets and ablution points for men and women. The mosque’s total area is 687 square meters and it can accommodate 400 worshipers.