The deep history of Abdullah bin Abbas Mosque
مسجد عبدالله بن العباس
05 APR 2020
Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani
In Taif lies the grave of the Qur’anic interpreter and jurist Abdullah bin Abbas, whose death and burial in this beautiful city was foretold by the Prophet himself (peace be upon him). A mosque named after him and located next to his resting place was built in the year 592 AH during the reign of Al-Nasr Al-Abbasi.
The great companion Abdullah bin Abbas used to teach religious sciences in the Levant, Madinah and Taif. His grave is currently located opposite the women’s prayer hall and is surrounded with zinc. Next to his grave is the grave of Imam Muhammad bin Ali bin Abi Talib, half-brother of Hassan and Hussein. At the eastern side of the mosque, the martyrs’ tomb is located; it is where the Prophet (pbuh) buried 11 of his companions who died in that spot during the battle of Hunayn.
According to travelers and historians, the mosque was a small white building with two domes, four galleries, wooden pulpit with 10 steps, three entrance doors, and wool rugs. The mosque's architecture was renewed several times during the Ottoman era, then it was modernized and expanded during the reign of King Saud. Currently, the area of the mosque is approximately 15,000 square meters.
Houses and shops were built around the mosque including Al-Abbas Alley, an important commercial and cultural hub. Imams and many crowds of people are keen to pray in the mosque, especially during Ramadan.