Huaisheng Mosque
Huaisheng Mosque
4.5
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,275 contributions
Beautiful Chinese-architecture mosque. It is believed to be the oldest mosque site in China, dating back over 1,300 years. Nice and well-maintained buildings and gardens. Over the years, the buildings have been rebuilt, time and again.
Written May 18, 2020
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Za1in2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions
Solo
The moment I approached Guangta Lu I noticed a marked difference in physical appearance of the road, it was busy as most streets are in the commercial sector of Guangzhou, but there was a comforting buzz in the way people moved around and conducted business on this street. Halal restaurants, supermarkets, drugstores, small hotels and guest houses, mostly run by Muslims are concentrated here. My ride was a motor-scooter which beat every red light, rode against traffic and zig-zagged it's way while I clung on for dear life. I was plonked on the pavement right in front of Huaisheng Mosque doors in good time to snap photos, record some videos and perform Asar prayers. For Yuan 10-00, I must use the same mode of transport next time...

I had read that a trip to this mosque can leave an undeniable impression. Thinking it as a personal opinion, I was proven wrong even before I stepped in. I was struck by awe with the imposing and formidable doors and it's intricate details, not to mention the lighthouse structure (36 meters tall) to the left of the main door which exuded dominance, command and a safe haven - all in one breath.

I felt ( and it could be real) that time had stood still as I walked on the very same ground which Saad bin Abi Waqas, Prophet Muhammad's (pubh) uncle had trodden with early and historically important Islamic missionaries - all descendants and disciples of the Prophet, either direct or one link apart from Him. They built the mosque together with the early Muslim Chinese clan of Hui 1,500 years ago to honour Prophet Muhammad (pubh). Islam was formally embraced and accepted by the then Emperor Bao and it was at his behest that the mosque be built. He wrote a 100 word eulogy to the Prophet which is engraved and inlaid into the walls of the mosque.

Guangzhou has at least 4 must-visit mosques and China in total has in excess of 4,000 mosques. It was from Guangzhou that the religion permeated to Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia

This testament of solid unison of China and Islam in that era is evident in this structurally strong mosque which has been spared from floods, typhoons and other disasters within it's four walls. However outside the walls, the Pearl River which used to be at the mosque steps, has now receded about 10km away.Chaos, calamaties even noise outside does not affect the serenity of Huaisheng.

I was engulfed by emotion for every corner I looked,there was a sign ( for those who know). Every breath I took seemed to get lighter, another sign ( for those who know). I found myself whispering into the cam-corder, when really I did not have to at all. Allah swt hears you loudest even when you whisper.... especially when you w..h..i..s..p..e..r. ...

Many a time I had to hold back tears,only to let it flow again when revelations appear. There is a well which is a natural source of pure, crystal clear water similar to zam-zam found in Mecca. This well sits inside the grounds of the Huaisheng mosque and has NEVER dried up.

Near the ladies' prayer hall, a pomegranate tree is bursting with an abundance of ripe, red fruit. I could if I wanted to just reach out and pluck a succulent pomegranate, without having to stand on my toes, but I just could not do it. In every mention of the Garden of Eden ( Al Jannah) in the Quran " spring water that runs under you and fruits of your choice within reach " is described. I am seeing a semblence of The Garden of Eden being manifested, but I know myself not to be worthy of a place there. So I just looked, in pain at what would be denied to me (water to quench my thirst and fruit to quell my hunger) in the Hereafter. I felt with all my senses the truth and light of the Quran and the guidance it gives for those who have been led astray.

The call for Asar prayers was heard, I was the only lady praying in the hall and this time I prostrated in submission, TOTAL submission to the Al-Mighty Allah swt.
Written July 27, 2012
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thegirlwhoatetheworld
Johannesburg, South Africa234 contributions
this was the highlight of my trip to guangzhou. it was a bit hard to find; i suggest you get your concierge to write it out in Chinese and to add the address in Chinese which is 56 Guangta Lu in Ximenkou (most cabs/people don't know about it so knowing the address is important).
wearing modest clothing, including a headscarf if you are female, is the correct etiquette.
the mosque was built in the Tang dynasty in true Tang architecture with a peaceful and beautiful courtyard with an authentic well. when within its confines you feel as though you have unearthed a traveller's gem: an undiscovered touristic experience.
there is a fantastic buzz and vibe on the street outside the mosque if you get there between 11 and 12 on a Friday; people preparing for the Jumma/Friday prayer (going later would mean it would be very busy and the main prayer time).
the people in the area were very friendly and i wished i could communicate more with them.
a fantastic experience that i will savour the memory of...
Written March 7, 2009
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Myra N
Sao Vicente, Cape Verde12 contributions
Family
The place is kinda hidden.We took a car once and the driver drove round and round and we missed it but when we reached there,its really worth it.Small mosque but look so different and peaceful. I got married in this mosque.Don't forget to drop by the Xinjiang muslim restaurant opposite the mosque to try their mutton bread...delicious!!!
Written September 28, 2012
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Timmmmmmi
Malaysia38 contributions
Friends
Upon arrival, we were amicably greeted by a man, presumably an active member of the Mosque Association. Instantly we experience the calmness and charm of the place.

Summarising our experience : great ancient architecture. good historical info displayed. serene ambiance. a great place to visit. surrounded with several halal enterprises. a must-visit to Muslims visiting Guangzhou.
Written February 5, 2013
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FaraMohd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia308 contributions
Family
Bonus trip to one of the mosque in China, which is the Huaisheng Mosque or Sa'ad Bin Abi Waqqas Mosque. Based on the tour guide, Sa'ad Bin Abi Waqqas Mosque for business purpose and to introduce Islam to China. As a reward from China Government at that time, a mosque was built in memory of him. quite a big area. they have mosque and some building served like a hall around the area. a well of Abi Waqqas was located nearby his tomb. we are grateful that we have a chance to visit one of the important place related to uncle of the Prophet. Located nearby got some halal shops and restaurant. suitable for tourist like us to get some food supply before heading to next mall.
Written September 16, 2013
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Malaysiantraveller68
kuala lumpur1,205 contributions
Friends
We went there using the easy and convenient Guangzhou subway, exiting at Ximenkou station. Just looked out for the road sign for Guangta Lu (Road), walked along it a short distance until we saw the minaret and gates to the mosque.

At the entrance, we were stopped and questioned by a gentleman who came out from the office. As my friend was a Muslim, he let us in. I think that as long as one is genuinely interested to see the mosque and is property dressed, they will allow you in. However, the main prayer hall is strictly for Muslims only, as stated by a sign at the door.

The Chinese style architecture, the ancient minaret and serene landscaped courtyards are worth seeing and there are old photographs of this reputedly oldest mosque in China displayed along a corridor. It seemed that the mosque was at one time quite near the Pearl River, which had since shifted a distance away to its present position today.

Just across the road from the mosque was an Uighur Muslim restaurant where we had a nice halal lunch of rice with lamb, Uighur noodles and lamb soup. They also sold bread stuffed with minced lamb / meat which was delicious and handy to take away. It was a delightful change after all the Chinese food we had that week in our tour.
Written October 6, 2011
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iszali
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions
Friends
It is a mosque in a green garden, surrounded by big grown tree n very peace full . Once Prophet Muhammad said "learns anything even until u have go to china". That shows that chinese has long civilization that any other races in the world. This mosque is the evidence that Islam is the religion of all the races in the world. For muslim who visit guangzhou, u must visit this place. I was there during friday prayer and thousands of muslim are praying in the garden. U can find plenty of halal food around this mosque. There are many halal food in guangzhou.
Written January 13, 2014
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requedieu
Paris, France194 contributions
Solo
This is the oldest mosque in southern China whilst some feel it is the oldest in all of traditional China. It is a peaceful place despite a large police presence. On one of the several entrance streets, there are many food stalls selling traditional items. The lamb, whose aroma and succulent appearance does entice, tends to be tough with gristle. The breads are good.
Written June 21, 2016
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Ahmed M
Kuwait845 contributions
Solo
I want there for Friday pray. What an amazing feeling and proud. Muslims from overall the word. You feel happy to see your brothers.
Written April 30, 2016
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