Cheraman Juma Mosque

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Cheraman Juma Mosque
Cheraman Juma Masjid.jpg
The renovated Cheraman Juma Mosque
Cheraman Juma Mosque is located in Kerala
Cheraman Juma Mosque
Shown within Kerala
Basic information
Location Methala, Kodungalloor
Geographic coordinates 10°13′12″N 76°11′38″E / 10.22°N 76.194°E / 10.22; 76.194Coordinates: 10°13′12″N 76°11′38″E / 10.22°N 76.194°E / 10.22; 76.194
Affiliation Islam
District Thrissur
State Kerala
Country India
Completed 629 AD
Length 61m
Width 24m

The Cheraman Juma Mosque is a mosque in Methala, Kodungallur Taluk, Thrissur District in the Indian state of Kerala.[1][2][3] Built in 629 AD, it is the first mosque in India.[4][5][6] It was built by Malik Deenar, an Arab propagator of Islam.[7][8][9][10] It is believed that this mosque was first renovated and reconstructed in the 11th century AD. Many non-Muslims conduct initiation ceremonies to the world of letters of their children here.[3]


Structure of old Cheraman Masjid

Since ancient times, trade relations between Arabia and India were active. Even before Islam had been established in Arabia, Arab traders visited the Malabar region, which was a major link between the ports of India and Southeast Asia.

With the advent of Islam, the Arab merchants became carriers of the new religion and they propagated it wherever they went.[11] One of the myths around the mosque is that Cheraman Perumal, the Chera king, went to Arabia, embraced Islam and changed his name to Tajuddin. He spent some time there, and died while returning in Dhufar, Oman.[12]

From there he had sent letters with Malik Ibn Dinar to his relatives in Kerala, asking them to be courteous to the latter.[13] See search of Burnell.[14]

In the 7th Century, a group of Arabs led by Malik Bin Deenar and Malik bin Habib arrived in Thrissur District constructed a Masjid at Kodungalloor, naming it after their contemporary Cheraman Perumal.[15]

The mosque has an ancient oil lamp which always burns and which is believed to be more than a thousand years old. People of all religions bring oil for the lamp as offering. Like most, this mosque allows entry for non-Muslims.[16] The then president of India Abdul Kalam is among the notable visitors to this mosque.

In April 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a gold-plated replica of the Cheraman Juma Masjid to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.[17][18][19]


Masjid is located in the Paravur - Kodungalloor Road, NH-66 at Kodungalloor taluk, Thrissur District.

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