Nebi Akasha Mosque

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The mosque was built in the 19th century beside the 12th-century CE tomb of Nebi Akasha Bin Mohsin, one of the disciples of the Prophet Muhammad. Today it is located in the middle of a park in a Haredi Jewish neighborhood. In December 2011 the mosque was defaced with graffiti by right-wing extremists who tried to set fire to it in a price tag attack. The mosque is inactive and the Jerusalem Municipality uses it as a warehouse.


The Mosque after Alexa Snowstorm in 2013. According to Islamic tradition, Saladin's soldiers were buried at the site. Additions were made to the tomb by the Mamluks in the 13th-century CE. As a result of the Palestinian Arab exodus from western Jerusalem during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the mosque was abandoned.

circa 1850 CE

Masjid-i Nebi Akasha as seen from the Street of the Prophets. There is also a tradition that Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were buried here, leading the British High Commissioner John Chancellor to name the nearby street Street of the Prophets. On August 26, 1929, during the 1929 Palestine riots, the mosque was attacked by a group of Jews. The mosque was badly damaged and the tombs were desecrated.

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