Largest mosque in West Africa opens in Senegal

Massalikul Jinaan mosque

The largest mosque in West Africa opened its doors in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, last Friday.

The new Massalikul Jinaan mosque is capable of hosting 30,000 worshippers and was built by the Mouride Brotherhood – part of the Sufi strand of Islam that predominates in Senegal.

The mosque’s name (The Paths to Paradise) comes from the title of a poem by Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, the 19th-century founder of the Brotherhood.

Work on the mosque began a decade ago on a six-hectare area of land donated by the government of the 90-percent Muslim nation.

With a Carrara marble exterior and boasting five minarets, the tallest being 78 meters high, the mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers inside, and another 15,000 on the esplanade.

The lavish interiors include a gold-leaf dome, giant chandeliers and decorations hand drawn by Moroccan workmen. An Islamic institute, residence and museum are scheduled to be added in the future.

The cost of more than 30 million euros came from private donations, while the government contributed lighting, sanitation and roadworks worth 10.5 million euros as well as the land.

The Mourides group’s leader, Mountakha Mbacke, received a stream of religious, traditional and political leaders in the runup to the inauguration.

The Mourides are one of four important Sufi brotherhoods followed by Senegal’s Muslims.

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]



Add your comments below