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Mosque of abi Darda

The mosque and maqam of abi Darda (مسجد و مقام الصحابي أبي الدرداء) is a small Islamic prayer hall built into the northern walls of the Damascus Citadel (قلعة دمشق). Inside this small structure is a tomb purported to belong to Abi al-Dardaa (أبي الدرداء). Once a wealthy merchant from Medina (Saudi Arabia), abi Darda (أبي الدرداء) was a prominent companion of prophet Muhammad, he converted to Islam after the Battle of Badr.


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circa 650 CE

Prayer hall of Mosque of abu Darda

The small mosque is only open during regular prayer times, and the tomb is located on the eastern side of the prayer hall. The main prayer hall could accommodate around 150 people at one time. The mosque is located some 500 meters away from the Great Umayyad Mosque. It is a small prayer hall built into the northern walls of the Damascus Citadel. The origins of the mosque and tomb are unclear.

circa 650 CE

Tomb of abu Darda

Inside the mosque is the purporter burial place of Abu Al-Darda' inside the Citadel of Damascus. Abu Al-Darda' was one of the most prominent companions of Prophet Mohammad and one of the narrators of Hadith (sayings of the Prophet). After the Muslim conquest of Syria, he resided in Damascus and became the city's judge during the reign of Caliph Uthman Ibn 'Affan. He died in 653.


Mosque of abu Darda

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