The Abuja National Mosque, which is the national mosque of Nigeria, was built in 1984 and opened in 1991 during the same week that the Capital City officially relocated to Abuja.
The National Mosque is also referred to as Nigerian National Mosque. It has a golden dome and 4 minarets. It is an Islamic monument and a national treasure located in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city.
Who Built The Abuja National Mosque?
The idea to have a national mosque in Abuja was brought to life by some prominent Muslims from all over Nigeria.
In 1981, they proposed that the Muslim community should petition for donations from both foreign and domestic sources that would go towards the construction of a mosque that would be a national institution and serve as a symbol of unity for the Nigerian Muslim community.
The suggestion received wide acceptance and support from the Muslim community. And to make sure the goal was achieved, they set up what was called the Abuja National Mosque Council to take action for the building of the mosque.
Where Is The Abuja National Mosque Located?
The national mosque is located on Independence Avenue, opposite the National Christian Center.
What Is The Capacity Of The Abuja National Mosque?
The national mosque can hold 25000 people and this doesn’t include the other extensions that can hold even more worshippers at a time. Everyone is welcome to the national mosque, people with varying statuses in the society and people from all walks of life including scholars and leaders among others.
Who Is In Charge of The Abuja National Mosque?
No one fills the role of Chief Imam as that position was annulled in 2015 after the death of the then Chief Imam, Sheikh Musa Muhammed.
In 2017, the Abuja National Mosque Management Board was also abolished and a Sole Administrator, who was to be addressed as the Murshid of the National Mosque, was appointed.
Professor Shehu Ahmad Galadanci who was appointed as the Murshid oversees the affair of the National Mosque.
To help alongside the Murshid, three Imams were appointed to be deputy Chief Imams in the persons of Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari, Dr Muhammad Kabir Adam, and Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura.
Is The Abuja National Mosque Famous?
According to Hongkiat Survey, the national mosque is on the list of the world’s 50 most beautiful religious centers.
Can A Non-Muslim Tour The National Mosque?
Yes, the national mosque is open to tourists and non-muslim crowds except when the congregational prayer is going on. As a woman, you would have to cover up with a scarf to be allowed into the mosque.
If you are a muslim, you really should find the time to join the prayer at the National mosque if you have never done that before because you would totally enjoy the experience.