Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 June 2019

Traditional call to prayer returns to mosque at Jahili Fort in Al Ain

The mosque was built at the end of the 19th century

The historic Jahili Mosque in Al Ain has seen the return of the traditional call to prayer, which will continue to run daily from the site even after Ramadan.

In the video that’s been released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, an imam is seen performing the call to prayer from a raised platform at mosque which was built at the end of the 19th century.

Located at the centre of the city, the Jahili Mosque symbolises the traditional architecture and heritage of Abu Dhabi. Within the courtyard there is a low platform from which the call is traditionally made.

"The mosque of Al Jahili Fort is an historic piece of local architecture, built to adapt to the nature surrounding it, the local climate and the needs of its worshippers,” said Jaber Saleh Al Merri, Historic Environment Director at DCT Abu Dhabi in a statement.

“The mosque was built at the same time as Jahili Fort, the largest earthen fort in Al Ain, and the site was initially used as the residence of the Sheikh Zayed the First, before going onto become a base for the armed forces. The mosque has evolved alongside the fortress, and we have maintained the original fabric of the building to serve as living proof of the architecture and lifestyles of this period in our history.”

Updated: May 27, 2019 06:18 PM

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