Al-Muhdhar Mosque

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Al-Muhdhar Mosque
مسجد المحضار
Minaret Al Muhdhar Mosque Tarim Yemen.jpg
The iconic minaret of Al Muhdhar Mosque
RegionWest Asia
LocationTarim, Yemen
Architect(s)Awad Salman Afif al-Tirmi (minaret)
Minaret height40m

The Al-Muhdhar Mosque (Arabic: مسجد المحضار‎) is one of the historical Yemeni mosques in the ancient city of Tarim, the province of Hadramaut, attributed to Omar Al-Muhadhar bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saqqaf, a Muslim leader who lived in the city during the 15th-century.[1][2]


The building is characterized by Islamic geometric design. Its layout consists of an open courtyard surrounded by four corridors, the biggest of which contains the qibla, which is adorned with three exquisite frescoes decorated with geometric, floral and scriptural motifs. In the center of the qibla corridor, there is the iconic minaret, which is about 40 meters high and the highest in the city. It is square shaped and there is a staircase reaching to the top inside. It was built around 1914 CE (1333 AH) and is built of adobe. This minaret is designed by an architect Awad Salman Afif al-Tirmi, who had already carried out many designs and constructions of clay lattices and domes, and the maintenance and supervision was conducted by Abu Bakr bin Shihab (d. 1345 AH). It is considered as one of the most important architectural sites and destinations for visitors and researchers of the city of Tarim.[3]

Al-Ahkaf Library[edit]

Al-Ahkaf Library occupies the ground floor of the mosque building, which was built to accommodate the need to store the large number of manuscripts in the city of Tarim and neighboring cities. Tarim has been considered as a distinguished Islamic scientific center since the 10th-century in Wadi Hadramaut region.

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