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Allah (Subhanahu wataala) says: “The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain; it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower”.

Al-Baqarah (2): 261.

The Expansion of Masjid Mihrab

Updated August 2007

Masjid Mihrab, which is situated on Ndia Kuu Road, near the Fort Jesus represents a key monument on the Kenyan Coast and especially a matter of historical importance to the Muslims in Kenya. This Mosque was originally built some 250 years ago. In 1980's, it was pointed out that this Mosque had become ruins and abandoned and was infact being used as a Garage. JTQ, under the chairmanship of Bro. Mahmoud Welton received these reports took immediate action. The area was gazetted as a National Monument under the auspicies of the national Museums of Kenya and In 1985, with the aegis of the National Museums of Kenya, and permission from Waqf commissioners of Kenya, JTQ undertook the restoration of the Masjid Mihrab. Today, the Mosque gets filled to Capacity and at many times, two Congregations are necessary. It was therefore felt that we should extend the Mosque and we therefore decided to extend upwards and plans were duly drawn up first by M/S Matrix Squared and Mombasa Old Town Conservation Office (MOTCO) both rendering complimentary service for the sake of the Almighty. Jazakallah to them both.

"Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan(Qard Hasan) so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provision..." Surah AlBaqara, Aayah 245.


Work in progress at MihrabMihrabSide view expanded main hall

The plans were subsequently revised after consultation with various stakeholders, and an internal expansion towards the rear was agreed as being the best way to proceed. This it was agreed would form the first part of the expansion and would help accommodate a further 40 raatibs as well as increase capacity of the main hall from about 50 to 70 raatibs. These works started in May 2006 and Alhamdullilah were completed just before the Holy month of Ramadhan started at the end of September 2006. This has helped to preserve the existing and old structure as well as allow additional capacity for prayers. A pictorial odyssey is included on this page for you to see for yourself the completed expansion of the main hall.
Alhamdullilah, the first phase of the expansion is over and resulted into converting a previous store and office and the rear along with old small open to air abulution area into extra prayer space and a clean modern contained abulution section.All this has resulted into a much bigger and spacious prayer area with a modern abulution block.

Hall Rear ViewEntrance door CarvedView from entrance door

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whosoever builds a Masjid, intending Allah’s pleasure, Allah would Build for him a palace in Paradise” (Narrated by Bukhari).

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) in another hadith said: "No wealth will decrease from paying Sadaqah (donation). It would rather increase it, increase it, increase it”.


AbulutionBlockView of Old WellView of Mihrab Mosque Entrance and Cultural Centre


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Notes to the Photos in the headers above: 1- The ruins of the Original Mosque as shown in a photo from the National Museum dating back to 1900's, 2 -T he ruins of the Mosque after the Garage and dump cleared in 1985, 3 - Original Mihrab, 4 - Construction begins in early 1985, 5 - The masjid Mihrab as restored in 1986, 6 - The completed Islamic heritage Centre (two floors) with the Masjid Mihrab in the front as completed in 1986


Please donate for the sake of Allah and help fulfill the expansion of His house.  Almighty Allah will reward you greatly for your contribution. Remember, Money spent for the sake of building a mosque is a ‘sadaqah jaria’ (ongoing charity) for which one received continuous reward. Insha-Allah.

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