Top 10 Biggest Mosques In Nigeria
Looking for the biggest mosques in Nigeria? Well, you are in the right place.
With over 48.9 percent of Nigeria’s population being Muslims according to a December 2012 report, the need for large mosques to accommodate the ever growing number of Muslims has never been more important.
With a capacity of 4,000,000 worshipers, the Al-Haram Mosque in Saudi Arabia is the largest mosque and religious gathering center in the world. The mosque which is located in Mecca is known to be the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad and regarded as the holiest city in the Islamic religion. It is also known to be the pilgrimage destination for all able Muslims. The pilgrimage known as the Hajj is held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month of Duhul-Hijjah.
In this list, we are going to talk about the 10 biggest mosques in Nigeria including their locations.
The Largest Mosques In Nigeria
1. Yobe Central Mosque
Yobe Central Mosque is the largest mosque in Nigeria and one of the largest in Africa. It is located in Damaturu, the capital city of Yobe state and situated along Maiduguri–Potiskum road. It was completed in 2007 and launched on 11th May, 2007. The central mosque and Islamic centre in the northeastern state stands to be one of the most beautiful and iconic attractive places in Nigeria because of it’s spectacular beauty and architecture.
During the construction of the edifice, contributions were made by Muslim civil servants. Also, thousands of Christian civil servants in the state who were not even consulted on the contributions, reportedly opted to take part in solidarity with their Muslim colleagues. Thus, the Yobe Central Mosque is always remembered with that exemplary gesture of Christian faithfuls.
2. Abuja National Mosque
Taking the first place on our list is Nigeria’s national mosque. The Abuja National Mosque was built in 1984 and is located on Independence Avenue. You can get to this destination from anywhere from Zone 10 to Wuse Zone 3.
The mosque is known to be one of the most beautiful and well-constructed mosque in Nigeria and it gets this commendation for a reason. Its golden dome glitters in the sun showcasing its beauty and architectural marvel. The mosque also features four minarets and amazing interior décor.
The mosque doesn’t just serve as a center for prayers; it also has a library, a conference hall, and a religious school.
Unlike Christian praying centers, the Abuja National Mosque is open to the non-Muslim public for exploration, although you would have to step out during congregational prayers as remaining there goes against the rules.
3. Ilorin Central Mosque
Considered to be the pride of Ilorin, the Central Mosque is not known only as a center for religious prayers but also as a tourist center which attracts many tourists from every part of Nigeria and Africa due to its beauty and architectural design.
Before the construction of the present Central Mosque in Ilorin, there was another in the same area, which was established in 1820. The mosque was, however, unable to accommodate the growing Muslim population and the need for a new central mosque could no longer be overlooked.
In 1977, the construction of a new mosque began under the directive of the 9th Emir Alhaji Zulkarnaini Gambari, it was planned to reflect the status of Ilorin as a city of Islam and also accommodate the growing Muslim population thereby making it one of the biggest mosques in Nigeria.
Renovation began in 2007, in an attempt to bring beauty back to the mosque as it had been in a bad condition over years, with cracks on the walls and floors.
The renovation not only made the mosque as beautiful as it once was but also added more features such as a car park, an Islamic library, and a well-equipped hall, matching it with the world-class design of the Abuja National Mosque.
4. Lagos Central Mosque
Once known to be the national mosque of Nigeria, the Lagos Central Mosque is a sight to behold. The large mosque which features a fantastic architectural design was built between 1908 and 1913, although the mosque has undergone several renovations and the current mosque was opened for use in 1988.
The old mosque which was developed by the Jamat Muslim Council of Lagos was demolished in 1983 to give space for the new mosque. Funding was raised by members of the mosque who saw the need to enlarge the mosque and add several utilities to its structure.
The new mosque which takes a land space of about one acre is located around the Nnamdi Azikiwe Street in the city of Lagos. The mosque consists of four minarets, two tall ones, and two small ones
During the renovation of the mosque, several new features like a parking garage for members, an office block, a reference library, Islamic center and a flat for the Chief Imam were added.
The large mosque also serves as a tourist center attracting mostly Muslim tourists in the city of Lagos.
5. Maiduguri Central Mosque
Completed under the directive of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai el-Kanemi, the Maiduguri Central Mosque is an architectural edifice which took over 60 weeks to complete.
The mosque which is now the pride of Borno state has once been ugly, old and unfitting for worship due to a superstition which halted building plans. It was once believed that prominent individuals whose lineage is traced to the old Kanem Borno Empire will die if any attempt was made to modernize, expand or reconstruct its original architectural look.
However, the new Shehu of Borno saw the need for a new mosque worthy of Borno and he kept contacting the then Governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff who eventually signed the contract for the completion of the mosque in 2011.
The construction of mosque which once halted for 23 years was completed in 14 months and cost about N876 million.
The mosque is today an architectural marvel attracting prominent Muslims worshippers and tourists to its multi-purpose hall.
6. Lekki Central Mosque
Located in the bustling neighbourhood of Lekki, Lagos, the Lekki central mosque is known to be the biggest in Lekki. It is also one of the biggest in Nigeria and normally packed full with Muslim worshippers during the month of Ramadan.
The mosque offers a praying center for Muslim worshippers who visit the mosque to say their jummah prayers, salah and also take weekly lectures.
The mosque is also a go-to destination for tourists due to its one of a kind architectural design and beauty.
7. Great Mosque of Kano
Located in the second most populous city in Nigeria, the Great Mosque of Kano is an architectural edifice that attracts thousands of tourists to its marvelous halls. The mosque which is the largest in the city is also one of the major tourist attractions in the city.
The mosque was specifically built to accommodate a large number of Muslims as most of Kano’s population is made up of Muslims.
The great mosque was not as amazing as it was today as it was once built with mud in the 15th century for Muhammad Rumfa. The final mosque was built with British Sponsorship and includes state of the art facilities to enable Muslim worshippers to carry on their religious duties in a comfortable environment.
8. Modibbo Adama Mosque
The Modibbo Adama Mosque, also known as the Yola Central Mosque is located in the city of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.
Since 1841 there have been four mosques on this site, each one gaining in substance as the local Muslim community has grown. The first mosque was nothing but an open space defined by a wooden fence; the second one was made of haygrass and laterite stones, the third one of mudbrick. The present mosque – now one of the largest in Nigeria – is built of concrete. Besides the main prayer halls, which are designed to hold 5’000 men and women, it contains a conference hall, library and offices, ablution block and Imam’s compound, with apartments for four wives.
9. Bashir Uthman Tofa Mosque
The Bashir Uthman Tofa Mosque was named after Alhaji Bashir Uthman Tofa. Alhaji Bashir is a politician who contested the June 12, 1993 presidential elections. He is also known as a businessman, an oil trader and an industrialist. He owned several prominent companies and made a large impact in the city of Kano and therefore the mosque was named after him.
The mosque which is located in Gandun Albasa, Kano is known as the second largest mosque in Kano and one of the largest mosques in Nigeria. The mosque boasts of a marvelous architectural design with state of the art facilities.
The mosque is also a tourist attraction in the city of Kano, attracting both Muslim and non-Muslim visitors.
10. Minna Central Mosque
Minna Central Mosque is located at Unguwar Gabas. The mosque is one of the historical monuments in Minna city. It was commissioned on October 20, 1985 by the late Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki during the General Sani Abacha regime
Minna Central Mosque concludes our list of Top 10 largest mosques in Nigeria.