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MosQUES IN BHATKAL

We have seen thee (O Prophet) often turn thy face towards heaven (for guidance) and now we shall indeed make thee turn in prayer in direction which will fulfill thy desire. Turn then, thy face towards the Inviolable House of Worship; and wherever you all may be, turn your faces towards it (it Prayer)!-an interpretation of Ayat No. 144 of Al-Baqarah from the Holy Qur'an.Perhaps no other religion in the world has given so much importance to prayer as Islam has. Prayer is indeed one of the pillars of Islam. And that is how mosques have come to occupy the pride of place in the life of Muslims and that is why the Muslim hold the mosque dear and near to their hearts.Bhatkal greets you with the stately minerets. The crescendo of the  muezzin's call for prayer reverberates from above the roof-tops of the town and waves of the sea carry it far and wide with 38 mosques Bhatkal enjoys the distinction of being the town of mosques. Eight mosques, except one, which belong to earlier period have been demolished and built anew. These ones now renovated, were rectangular building with pyramid-shaped tiled roofs having an outer hall and an inner room. The new ones are built in modern styles. Given below is thumb-nail sketch of the different mosques of Bhatkal with their wide variety of architectural style and designs.  


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Jamia Masjid

By far the biggest mosque in the town, the Jamia Masjid symbolized the culture of the people of Bhatkal. Located amidst old houses on the Jamia Street, this giant imposing mosque has been renovated from the older one.The older one too had undergone two renovations. the earlier mosque, known as Jamia Masjid Qadeem is believed to have been built in 1447 A.D. an inscription in Persian dated 851 Hijri (or 1447 A.D.) found on a marble slab is still preserved. Because of its gold-plated dome the Masjid is locally called the `Chinnadapalli' (Golden mosque). The present Masjid can accommodate about 5,000 namazis at a time.  


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Khalifa Jamia Masjid

The big Masjid belongs to the old category of mosques, which are eight in number. No date of its construction is available, but it is more than 200 years old. Lying on the bank of Sharabi river at the corner of Kalifa street, this Masjid was completely demolished in 1966 and the new structure with two high rising minarets was completed in 1972. 


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Sultan Masjid

Sultan Mosque is the most famous one in Bhatkal and attracts the highest number of namazis at a given time. Built by Tippu Sultan in the year 1211 HI, this Dravidian style structure became the pride and envy of all the mosques. 


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Noor Masjid

One of Karnataka's finest mosques, the Noor Mosque stands imposingly with all its might on the National Highway at the heart of the town. The heart of the town. The old Noor Masjid , built in 1966 was demolished and this new modern Masjid was inaugurated in 1987. About 1,500 Muslims, at a time, will be able to pray in this elegant Masjid. 


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Makhdoom Masjid

The Masjid takes the name of the place `Makhdoom Colony' in which it is located. This place, i.e., Makhdoom colony, derives its name from Hazrath Makhdoom Faqui Ismail Sukri who once sat near here for the worship of Allah for forty consecutive days, called as Chilla.  


Masjid-E-Syedna Ismail This mosque is located in locality comprising both Muslims and Hindus. Built in 1987, the Musjid-e-Syedna Ismail derives its name from a Muslim Religious scholar. 


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Tanzeem Jamia Masjid Situated on Tanzeem Road in Navayat Colony, the Tanzeem Jamia Masjid was built in the year 1963. And now, Tanzeem mosque has been further extended to provide more space. It has capacity to house a congregation of about 3000 people. It serves as the centre of Muslims in the Navayath Colony area.  


Makka Masjid Located on the outskirts of Bhatkal off the National Highway towards Shirali and adjacent to an iceplant, the Makka Masjid was constructed in 1984. 


Sayyedina Usman Masjid Deriving its name from Syed Usman, a Khalifa, the Syeddina Usman Masjid is located in Navayat Colony constructed in April 1983.  


Masjid-Ul-Eman Iman means faith. The Masjid-Ul-Eman, built in 1989 and having a compound area of 21/2 guntas is situated in the Nagoya Naik Road.


Mushma Masjid It is believed that this was previously called Mohteshima Masjid because Mohtesham family members were maintaining the mosque. And this has subsequently changed into Mushma in colloquial language. The Mushma Masjid is located in Mushma Street. One of the oldest mosques and is known to be in existence about 200 years back, this is the only mosque which is preserved intact.  


Masjid-E-Hilal This Masjid was inaugurated immediately after sighting the moon which marked the beginning of Ramadhan and so the Masjid was named as `Masjid-e-Hilal'. This mosque built in 1978 is located in the Hilal street of Makdoom Colony. 


Gar-E-Hira Masjid The Gar-E-Hira Masjid is the name of a cave in the desert of Arabia where Prophet Muhammad used to worship Allah.  


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Masjid-E-Syedna Khalid Bin Waleed Consecrated in may 1985, this spherical mosque is named after a famed Muslim historian Sydena Khalid. The round dome makes up the entire structure with a high elegant minaret on one of its corners. 


Masjid-E-Ikhwan Built in the year 1983, the Masjid-e-Ikhwan is on the Basti Road.

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