Ancient Mosques Of Beruwela


 

 

The stark white Kechimalai Mosque stands on a headland at the sleepy southern fishing village of Beruwela in Sri Lanka. Built in 1024, it marks the spot where Moors first landed on the island. Beruwala Maradana Masjidul Abrar Jumma mosque a short distance away is the first mosque of Sri Lanka, built in 920

 

Kechimalai Mosque

 

Water for ritual ablutions at entrance

 

Preyer hall

 

The tomb of Ash-Shaikh Ashraff Waliullah in the mosque

 

The current Imam (seated) who invited me in to the mosque

 

A young Muslim priest reading the Holy Book in the shade of a coconut tree in front of Kechimalai mosque

 

Beach in front of Kechmalai mosque

 

Fisheries harbour next to Kechimalai mosque

Abrar Mosque

Abrar Mosque, renovated in the 1980s

 

The original Abrar Mosque

 

Prayer Hall

 

Barberyn Island

3.25 ha Barberyn Island is situated 0.8 km (0.50 mi) offshore from the mosque. It has a 34 m (112 ft) lighthouse built in 1889.

 

 

 

 

See earlier blog post “Barberyn…where the Moors First Landed.”

 

The visits to the mosques was arranged and led by Padmini Hussein of Flamingo Tours.

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