Uwais al-Qarni Mosque

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Uwais al-Qarni Mosque
مسجد أويس القرني
Awis al-Qarni mosque1, Ar-Raqqa.jpg
The Uwais al-Qarni Mosque in 2009
Basic information
LocationSyria Raqqa, Syria
AffiliationShia Islam
Architectural description
Architectural typeMosque

Uwais al-Qarni Mosque (Arabic: مسجد أويس القرني) was a Shi'ite mosque in Raqqa, Syria, until it was destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on May 31, 2014.



It contained the shrines of Ammar ibn Yasir and Uwais Qarni, who died in the Battle of Siffin in 657, which took place around 40 km west of Raqqa. It was adjacent to the Bab al-Baghdad, another major landmark in the city.[1][2]


The original tombs were located in the old cemetery at the edge of the city. In 1988, Syrian President Hafez al Assad and the Supreme Leader of Shi'ite-majority Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, initiated a project to develop a new mosque around the tombs. The work was completed in 2003 and a commemorative plaque credited President Bashar al Assad and Iranian President Mohammad Khatami with completing the project.[3]


As of June 2013, rebel fighters from the Sunni group al-Muntasereen Billah were living in the mosque complex.[4] On March 26, 2014, the mosque was blown up by two powerful explosions and completely destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant because it was a Shi'ite structure. More specifically, it was also built over graves and thus served as a shrine.[5][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar of Sehwan-Sharif - Page 87, Inam Mohammad - 1978
  2. ^ Religion and politics in Central Asia under Saljûqs - Page 198, Naseem Ahmad - 2003
  3. ^ "The Shiite crescent eclipsed". 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  4. ^ Dziadosz, Alexander (2013-06-21). "Special Report: Deepening ethnic rifts reshape Syria's towns". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  5. ^ Reuters Editorial (2014-03-26). "Islamists bomb Shi'ite shrine in eastern Syria: activists". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  6. ^ "Heritage sites ravaged by Syria's war". Al Jazeera English. 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  7. ^ Avaneesh Pandey (2013-12-26). "Al-Nusra Rebels Demolish 13th Century Tomb In Southern Syria Deemed Un-Islamic By Salafists". Ibtimes.com. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  8. ^ By Afp (2014-12-24). "War ravages Syria heritage sites | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-19.