Sidna Ali Mosque

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Sidna Ali Mosque
Sidna Ali Mosque Aerial View.jpg
Sidna Ali Mosque is located in Israel
Sidna Ali Mosque
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Basic information
LocationIsrael Herzliya, Israel
Geographic coordinates32°11′16.22″N 34°48′20.47″E / 32.1878389°N 34.8056861°E / 32.1878389; 34.8056861Coordinates: 32°11′16.22″N 34°48′20.47″E / 32.1878389°N 34.8056861°E / 32.1878389; 34.8056861
AffiliationIslam
DistrictTel Aviv
Minaret(s)1

The Sidna 'Ali Mosque (Arabic: مسجد سيدنا علي‎, Masjid Sidna 'Ali; Hebrew: מסגד סידנא עלי‎, Misgad Sidna Ali) is a mosque located in the depopulated village of Al-Haram on the beach in the northern part of Herzliya in Israel. It serves as both a mosque and a religious school.[1]

The mosque is situated around a tomb reputed to be that of a local saint, Ali b. Alim who died in 1081.[2] Ali was described as great scholar and miracle worker by Baybars' biographer, Muhyi al-Din (died 1292).[2] According to Mujir al-Din (writing c. 1496), the mosque was visited by Baybars in 1265. Baybars prayed for victory before retaking Arsuf from the crusaders.[2] An annual festival that was attested here in the 15th century continued up to the 1940s.[3]

The existing building contains parts of differing ages of construction and repair, though none from before the 15th century.[3] The part of the building described as the oldest in 1950 has since disappeared.[3] The minaret was destroyed by naval bombardment in World War I and since rebuilt.[3] Major repair work was done in 1926, the 1950s and 1991–1992.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Daniel; Eber, Shirley; Silvani, Francesca (1998). "Herzliya". Israel and the Palestinian Territories: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 531. ISBN 1-85828-248-9. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Taragan, Hana (2004): The Tomb of Sayyidna Ali in Arsuf: the Story of a Holy Place In JRAS (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society), Series 4, 14, 2 (2004), pp. 83–102.
  3. ^ a b c d e Petersen, pp 146--148.