Heritage sites of Maldives

Vaadhoo Hukuru Miskiy

The Male Friday Mosque or the Male Hukuru Miskiy is one of the most seasoned and most luxurious mosques in the city of Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. Coral stones of the class Porites, found all through the archipelago, are the fundamental materials utilized for development of this and different mosques in the nation as a result of its reasonableness. In spite of the fact that the coral is delicate and effectively sliced to size when wet, it makes strong building squares when dry. The mosque was added to the provisional UNESCO World Heritage social rundown in 2008 as exceptional cases of ocean culture design.

Vaadhoo Hukuru Miskiy
Vaadhoo Hukuru Miskiy

The mosque is inverse the Medhuziyaaraiy and the Muliaage in Male. The Medhuziyaaraiy is the tomb of Al-Hafiz Abul Yoosuf Al-Barbari of Morocco, who changed over Maldives into Islam in 1153 AD. It is contiguous the Muliaage.

The mosque was implicit 1658, amid the rule of Ibrahim Iskandar I (1648–1687). It was worked over a before mosque developed in 1153 by the primary Muslim Sultan of Maldives, Mohamed Bin Abdullah, after his change to Islam. In spite of the fact that the more seasoned mosque was apparently repaired by Ahmed Shihabuddeen in 1338, there are no composed records bearing witness to this. In 1656, Iskandar started assembling another mosque when the old one turned out to be too little to oblige the expanding number of enthusiasts. Its development, which took one-and-a-half years, was finished in 1658. Constructed principally of coral, the mosque initially had a covered rooftop (regular amid the period). After his 1668 Hajj, Ibrahim I started fabricating a munnaaru (minaret) and a door at the southern end of the mosque. The minaret, designed on those at the passageway to Mecca, is encompassed by a seventeenth century burial ground with unpredictably cut headstones and tombs.

In 1904, Muhammad Shamsuddeen III (1902–1934) supplanted the covered rooftop and southern entryway with folded press sheeting. Promote redesigns were made in 1963, changing over the rooftop backings to teak wood and supplanting the folded press sheeting with aluminum. In 1987 and 1988, an Indian group from the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property and the National Center for Linguistic and Historical Research in Male did preservation take a shot at the mosque.

Maldives' most established mosque, it has been in consistent use since it was constructed. The mosque was allegedly worked over an old sanctuary which originated before Islam; the first sanctuary confronted the setting sun, instead of Mecca

The Male Friday Mosque is situated west. Its petition cover is calculated towards the mosque's northwest corner, so admirers can confront Mecca while they supplicate. Aficionados enter the mosque from the Islamic Center, climbing a few marble steps prompting to the mosque gallery. The supplication corridor beneath has a burgundy-hued cover, designed with pictures looking like boiling hot water bottles which delineate spaces for the devotees offering petitions. The cover can oblige 1,372 individuals if every lover involves one space. The mosque has a revealed limit of 10,700 for Friday supplications.

It has complicated carvings, with engravings in Quranic script. The mosque, in a walled fenced in area, is made of interlocking coral squares with its hypostyle rooftop upheld by cut-coral sections. With three doors, the mosque has two supplication lobbies encompassed by waiting rooms on three sides. Its vaulted, adorned roof is indented in steps. Neighborhood ace craftsmen, known as maavadikaleyge, designed the mosque's woodwork, rooftop and inside, and its divider boards and roofs have some socially noteworthy cases of conventional Maldivian woodcarving and lacquer work. The mihrab, with a mimbar (platform) toward one side, is a vast chamber. The primary building, utilized for day by day petitions, is partitioned into three segments: the mihtab (utilized by the imam to lead the supplications), the medhu miskiy (the mosque's focal zone) and the fahu miskiy (the back of the mosque). A since a long time ago, cut thirteenth century board memorializes the acquaintance of Islam with Maldives.

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