Tekke is of great importance to the Islamic world but nowadays it is an ordinary tekke. It has a great view to the Salt Lake and some history behind it.
I have walked around the mosque and went around it several times in the past but between us, the beauty is outside in the round area. I don’t find the mosque as a building particularly spectacular. It is carpeted inside as it is in every mosque and a place for prayer for Moslem but there is not much information or somebody to guide a visitor inside, and it is disappointing.
However, it is pleasant enough to walk up to the mosque which is next to the Salt Lake. I visited it in January with the flamingos in the Lake, but honestly any time of the year you come here is beautiful. The picture varies depending on the time and season. I have taken some amazing photos in the past when it was cloudy and the lights from the city were reflected in the water.
Of course a visit here gives the visitor the opportunity to get a glimpse into a different culture but to be honest the place is kind of let down.
Now the story behind it, is that the mosque was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she fell off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island.
According to tradition, she was related to the Prophet Mohammed.
It is said that it is now one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca, Median in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was first renovated in 1816. The last renovations were in 2002.
In any case I find it a very interesting spot to visit, however the visitor should have in mind that the beauty of it is what you see on the outside.
I highly recommend a visit here no matter what season or time you come, -the place is still beautiful.
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