In the Medina
Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah
See location on map
The typical 18th century tower (minaret)
of the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Mosque,
also known by the name The Kasbah Mosque.
It is covering a total area of 900 m2
It was constructed in the 18th
and have an important library and among
the scriptures there are some donated
by the Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah.
Originally with a madrasah
(a coranic school)
and dormitory units for students.
The mosque Ahmed ou Med
This mosque was named after the cheikh
Sidi Ahmed ben Mohammed by the Sultan.
Detail of the door to the mosque Mohammadin
The minaret of Mohammadin Mosque
The mosque Ben Youssef
This tall minaret of the mosque Ben Youssef
is rising over the medina of Essaouira. It is an impressive building
which covers 2000 m2. The doors of the mosque is buitifully painted
in brown .
The Sultan was was a disciple of three great Cheikh
theologians and named the tree most important mosques after their
Cheikh Sidi Youssef (Abou Yacoub Youssef
ben Mohammed) gave name to this great mosque
The Ben Youssef Mosque
The Mosque Ben Youssef. Doors open.
The mosque Ben Youssef old time
As well as providing a visual
cue to a Muslim community, the main function of
the minaret is to provide a vantage point from which the call to
prayer is made. The call to prayer is issued five times each day:
dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night. In most modern mosques,
the adhan is called from the musallah, or prayer
hall, via microphone to a speaker system on the minaret. (Wiki)
"When Islam was
revealed in the early seventh century, Jews called the
faithful to prayer with the shofar (ram’s horn) and Christians
used a bell or a wooden gong or clacker. Indeed, the sound of a
bell wafting in the breeze from a distant monastery is a frequent
image in pre-Islamic and early Islamic poetry. In this context,
we can well understand how ‘Abd Allah ibn Zayd, one
of the Prophet’s companions, dreamt that he saw someone calling
the Muslims to prayer from the roof of the mosque. After he told
the Prophet about his dream, Muhammad recognized it as
a vision from God and instructed Bilal, an Abyssinian
freedman and early convert to Islam, "Rise, Bilal, and summon
all to prayer!" Bilal, who was known for his beautiful voice,
did so, thereby becoming the first muezzin. (The
word muezzin comes from the Arabic mu’adhdhin,
or "one who gives the adhan.")"
The Minaret Symbol of Faith & Power Written
by Jonathan M. Bloom
March/April 2002 print edition of Saudi Aramco World.
Read more about Bilal
in The Culture of Gnaoua
The Gnoua Brotherhood (Sidna
Bilal) reside in the Zaouia, which
is located in the west part of the medina, Bni Antar.
Locate all the
Zaouias in the Medina
of the Ben Youssef mosque.
The minaret is topped with 3
copper balls of decreasing size,
a traditional design in Morocco.
3 balls on top means that
there is a Friday prayers service.
But there are also minarets with 4 balls as
The Mosque Haha Rahala (6)
19 205 religious places,
15 770 mosques and 3435 prayer halls,
was ordered to be controled after the collapse
of the minaret
in Meknes, Morocco,
20 February 2010.
Mosques in residential areas
outside the medina
Mosque at Frina
Construction of the minaret
of new mosque in Bohaira
Windows and door of the mosque Bohaira
See also Building
During the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohammed
Ben Abdallah (1757-1790) a mosque
was constructed in Diabet