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The Mosque of Al-Khadr

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The Mosque of Al-Khadr in Lod is a unique and sacred place for Muslims. It is named after Al-Khidr, a mysterious figure who appears in the Quran and Islamic tradition. Al-Khidr is often associated with the prophet Elijah and is revered as a teacher and guide.

The Mosque of Al-Khadr is located in the old city of Lod, next to the Church of Saint George. The two buildings are connected, and they share a common courtyard.


The Mosque of Al-Khadr
Mosque of Al-Khadr
Michael Yakovson, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Mosque of Al-Khadr

The Mosque of Al-Khadr is a relatively small but beautifully decorated building. The mosque’s interior is whitewashed, and the walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy. The mosque has a minaret, a tall tower that calls Muslims to prayer.


Church of Saint George
Church of Saint George
Church of St. George in Lod
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Interior of Mosque of Al-Khadr

In addition, the Mosque of Al-Khadr is a popular place of worship for Muslims in Lod. It is also a popular pilgrimage site for Muslims from all over the world. Pilgrims come to the mosque to pray, to seek blessings, and to pay their respects to Al-Khidr.


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History of the Mosque

The Mosque of Al-Khadr was built in the 13th century AD, during the Mamluk period. The mosque was built on the site of a former Crusader church.

The Crusaders destroyed the mosque in the 13th century, but the Mamluks rebuilt it in the 14th century. The mosque has been renovated several times over the centuries, but the basic structure remains unchanged.


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Significance of the Mosque

The Mosque of Al-Khadr is significant because it is one of the oldest mosques in Israel. It is also significant because it is named after Al-Khidr, a revered figure in Islam.

The Mosque symbolizes the long and rich history of Muslims in Lod. It is also a symbol of the diversity and tolerance of the city.

Pilgrimage to the Mosque

Lastly, the Mosque of Al-Khadr is a popular pilgrimage site for Muslims from all over the world. Pilgrims come to the mosque to pray, to seek blessings, and to pay their respects to Al-Khidr.

Furthermore, Pilgrims often come to the mosque on Fridays, the Muslim holy day. On Fridays, the mosque is filled with worshippers who come to listen to the sermon and to pray together.

The Mosque is a unique and sacred place that Muslims revere from all over the world. It is a place where Muslims can come to worship, to seek guidance, and to connect with their faith. More about the Mosuqe on Wikipedia!

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