Sunday, May 13, 2012

Oldest Mosque Of India : Village Ghogha, Dist.Bhavnagar,Gujarat,India


 Oldest Mosque of India
 Prof. Mehboob Desai

Old Mosque, its kibla rukh @ Baitul Mukaddas. around 1300 years old.
The first Arab traders landed at Ghogha, (Bhavangar, Gujrat India) around the early seventh century and built a masjid here. This was the time when Qibla (direction to be faced while offering namaaz,) of the Muslims was Jerusalem instead of Mecca. For a brief period of 16 to 17 months, between 622 and 624 A.D., after Hijrat (migration) to Medina, the Prophet (SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM) and his believers faced Jerusalem while offering Namaaz. This ancient masjid, locally known as the Baarwaada Masjid or Juni Masjid, was built during this period and is one of the oldest if not the oldest masjid in India. Later the Prophet (SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM) received Wahi (Revelation) commanding him to change the orientation point from Jerusalem in the north to Mecca in the south. This masjid, therefore, predates all the other masjids in India whose mehrab face Mecca. This ancient masjid also bears the oldest Arabic inscriptions in India. The masjid falls under the care of Barwaada Jammat.

  1. Over View

2. Kibala 

3. Aayats on the head of Kibala

4. Kibala

5. Space of Namaz

6.Back View of Masjit and Kibala


  1. I wonder how they got the direction, since the first navigational compass appears to have been used by the Chinese around the 10th century.

    Is the Qibla direction accurate?

    1. The Arabs were master navigators using stars and calculations and probably also sundial shadows etc well before the Chinese knew of any compass the greatest Chinese armada's used maps found based on landmark rocks and visual markers etc , the Chinese imperial fleet under the command of the Muslim captain Zeng He formed strategic alliances and paid very greatly for the Arabs to assist his fleet in navigation.