Mosque of Omar

Mosque of Omar

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Often confused with the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, the Mosque of Omar is a far more modest structure located elsewhere in the Old City of Jerusalem, across from the main entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It was built in the 12th century on the site where Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab accepted the city's surrender from the Byzantines following a brief siege in 638 CE.

It is told that Omar traveled to Jerusalem after the city’s Patriarch Sophronius stated that he would only surrender to the Caliph himself. When Omar arrived, the Patriarch asked if he would pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Omar, however, refused, opting instead to pray in the courtyard in order to preserve the Church’s Christian status.

The mosque has a distinctively square, 15-meter high minaret that was built in the 15th-century and renovated some 300 years later. Its base contains some Crusader masonry. The mosque is accessible down a short staircase from Christian Quarter Road and is generally open exclusively to Muslims.

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  • Raza Shah
    Raza Shah
    March 5, 2019

    Mosque built where Umar Al Khatab RA prayed when he entered old city of Jerusalem. It is a stones throw away from the church of the holy sepulchre. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) travelled from Madinah to Jerusalem...

  • Tanzim
    March 12, 2020

    A smaller mosque within the Jerusalem walls. Has plenty of history but is sadly quite forgotten about as it isnt close to the Dome of the Rock. It’s quite hidden away as it is tucked into the Christian Quarter but be sure...

  • Muhammed Moosa
    Muhammed Moosa
    March 6, 2023

    Situated opposite the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the place where Omar RA had prayed after taking over and been given the keys to Jerusalem. He was told to perform prayers in the Church but he refused and perfor...

  • ابن يوسف
    ابن يوسف
    January 15, 2023

    Musjid built by Umar R.A

  • Waad Alayan
    Waad Alayan
    March 3, 2020

    Worth visiting very historical place full of important stories

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