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Prayer Timings : Fajr (Dawn Prayer) - 4:36 AM
Sunrise (Sunrise Prayer) - 5:50 AM
Dhuhr (Noon Prayer) - 11:59 AM
Asar (Afternoon Prayer) - 4:24 PM
Magrib (Sunset Prayer) - 6:09 PM
Isha (Evening Prayer) - 7:18 PM

All the prayer timings are applicable throughout the week except for Fridays and the month of Ramadan. Also, keep in mind that the timing is subject to change depending on the sunrise and sunset.

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Jummah Mosque

Jummah Masjid, Mauritius Overview

The Jummah Masjid, located on Royal Road in Port Louis, is one of the most stunning religious buildings in Mauritius. It dates back to the 1850s and highlights the skills of Tamil artisans. The mosque is open to the public where you can tour the grounds and admire the intricate mix of Islam, Creole and Indian architectural design. Jummah Masjid houses the remains of Jamal Shah in a marble tomb nearby.

The Jummah Mosque is relevant for the locals for broadcasting the Jummah prayers live every Friday and Taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan. Eid prayers are also aired from the mosque. There is an Indian almond or Badamia Tree in the mosque's courtyard which is present there since before 1852.

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How To Reach Jummah Masjid

From the city centre in Port Louis, the Jummah Masjid is in walking distance via the Queen Street. You need to go to the southeast towards the M2 Trunk Road. After that, continue straight onto A1. You will pass by the park and then you need to take the pedestrian overpass. After crossing the pharmacy, you will find the Jummah Masjid on the right.

History of Jummah Masjid

  • There was a time when the need for a principal mosque in Port Louis was deeply felt, and it was not until October 1852 that some Muslim merchants purchased a few plots of land near the City Centre.
  • They used the area to set up their businesses and eventually arrangements were made to start performing the daily prayers.
  • One particular building was repaired and converted into a House of Prayer, where the construction of the mosque began soon.
  • As the small mosque in the Eastern Suburbs, known initially as Malabar Town, could not accommodate more than a hundred people, the need for a second mosque in Port Louis was urgently required.
  • The mosque in the Eastern Suburb was a distance of a few kilometres from the centre of the town. It was in 1853 when a small mosque by the name of “Mosquee des Arabes” was constructed on the new site, and it was solemnly sanctified.
  • That small mosque was, in fact, the original Jummah Masjid. It symbolised the selflessness and faith of those leaders who paved the path for Islam.
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  • The Muslim Community grew with the passage of years, and the shortage of space started creeping its way in as the mosque, which could accommodate 200 people at one point in time, became inadequate for a larger congregation as well. The space to build a more massive mosque was not available until 1859.
  • Seven adjacent properties were bought by some Muslim merchants between the years 1859 and 1877, which were handed over to the Directors of the mosque.
  • The entire Mohamedan Congregation of the Jummah mosque became the owners of three-fourths of an acre of land. This is the very place where the Jummah Masjid stands today.
However, the place of worship was not built right away. The original mosque was embellished and extended after gaining authority over the adjoining properties. The transformation of the Mosque des Arabes into the present day Jummah Masjid was the result of the expansion work that required considerable expenses.

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  • Skilled artisans from India started working in this new location in 1878, and they even made living arrangements within the precincts during the construction.
  • Highly professional workers were hired for the process of moulding the sculpture, plastering, finishing and ornamentation as the local workers were not qualified enough for carrying out the task.
  • The Indian labour was brought at a reasonable price as the members of the Board of the Mosque owned the ships that sailed between Mauritius and India.
Nevertheless, the construction work faced many difficulties in the form of disease outbreaks, lack of materials and workforce. Finally, in 1895, the work was completed.

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