Jinn Mosque (Mecca)

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The Mosque of the Jinn (مسجد الجنّ) is a historic mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, located near Jannat al-Mu'alla. It is also known as the Mosque of Allegiance (مسجد بِيعات, Masjid Biy‘āt) and the Mosque of Guards (مسجد الحرس, Masjid al-Ḥaras) because the city's guards would patrol up to that point.

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The mosque is built at the place where a group of jinn are said to have gathered one night to hear the recitation of a portion of the Quran by prophet Muhammad. Muhammad later met there with these jinn's leaders and accepted their embrace of Islam and their bay'ah (oath of allegiance) to him. The incident is mentioned in chapter 72 (Surah al-Jinn) of the Quran.


The mosque is considered one of the oldest in Mecca and is one of the most important mosques visited in the city.

It was originally built in the 1700s as an underground mosque. Recently a minaret has been added to the mosque’s structure, transforming the architecture into a more angular and modern one. Today, the mosque has all the modern facilities, including an air-conditioned interior, water (wudu) stations, prayers carpets, and fans. The mosque has a wide praying area, although it is not very spacious. People living in the area come here to pray five times a day.

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