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
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).