‫الجامع الكبير بجزر الملاديف‬ (The Foundation Text of the Old Mosque of Male)

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The Old Mosque of Male, which is known by the Old Friday Mosque of Male, is one of the most important mosques in Male. It was constructed in CE 1656 by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I. This Mosque remains in the minds of the Maldivian people because of its unique works of traditional art. The stone and wooden structures in the interior of the Mosque of Male are decorated with intricately carved designs and inscriptions. The inscriptions are mainly in two languages; Arabic and Dhivehi. Some historical facts about the construction of this Mosque are also inscribed. These inscriptions are quotations from the Holy Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Some of these inscriptions spell out the main duties assigned to the Imams and to the other members holding various offices in the Mosque. The inscription discussed in this research were discovered during the renovation of the ceiling of the Mosque in CE 1964. This inscription written on an old wooden plaque, prove that the first Friday Mosque built by Sultan Mohamed bin Abdulla (CE 1141-1166), stood in that place. This plaque is at present in the National Museum. (Please note that this article is in Arabic).

Abgadiyat

Journal of Arabic Calligraphy

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