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Cheraman Juma Masjid

Cheraman Juma Masjid
The renovated Cheraman Juma Masjid
Cheraman Juma Masjid is located in Kerala
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Shown within Kerala
Basic information
Location Methala, Kodungalloor
Geographic coordinates 220px
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Islam
State Kerala
District Thrissur
Architectural style Traditional temple architecture
Completed 629 AD
Length 61m
Width 24m

The Cheraman Juma Masjid is a mosque in Methala, Kodungallur Taluk, Thrissur district in the Indian state of Kerala.[1][2][3] Built in 629 AD, it is believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the world and along with the Kilakarai Jumma Masjid in Tamil Nadu, the first mosque in India.[4][5][6] It was built by Malik Deenar, an Arab propagator of Islam and a follower and contemporary of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[7][8][9][10] It is believed that this mosque was first renovated and reconstructed in the 11th century AD. Many non-Muslims conduct initiation ceremonies to the world of letters of their children here.[3]


Structure of old Cheraman Masjid

Since ancient times, trade relations between Arabia and India were active. Even before Islam had been established in Arabia, Arab traders visited the Malabar region, which was a major link between the ports of India and Southeast Asia. With the advent of Islam, the Arab merchants became carriers of the new religion and they propagated it wherever they went.[11] Cheraman Perumal, the Chera king, went to Arabia where he met the Prophet and embraced Islam and changed his name to Tajuddin.[12] From there he had sent letters with Malik Ibn Dinar to his relatives in Kerala, asking them to be courteous to the latter.[3] According to Burnell he was a contemporary of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[13]

In the 7th Century, a group of Arabs led by Malik Bin Deenar and Malik bin Habib arrived in north Kerala and constructed a Masjid at Kodungalloor, naming it after their contemporary Cheraman Perumal.[14]

The mosque has an ancient oil lamp which always burns and which is believed to be more than a thousand years old. People of all religions bring oil for the lamp as offering. Like most , this mosque allows entry for Non-Muslims.[15] The then president of India Abdul Kalam is among the notable visitors to this mosque.


Cheraman Juma Masjid is located n the Paravur - Kodungalloor Road, NH-17 at [ubazar]], Kodungalloor taluk, Kerala, India.


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  3. ^ a b c Kerala Tourism - Official Website Cheraman Juma Masjid
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  11. ^ Hussein Randathani. "Genesis and Growth of the Mappila Community" 16 Dec. 2005 JAIHOON.COM [1]
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  13. ^ Ittaman, KP. Amini Islanders New Delhi: Abhinav Publications, 2003. Print. [2]
  14. ^ Staff Reporter. "Kalam to visit oldest mosque in sub-continent". The Hindu [Chennai, Tamil Nadu] 23 Jul, 2005: Kerala - Thrissur. Web [3]
  15. ^ "ചേരമാന്‍ പള്ളിയിലേയ്‌ക്കു ഒരു ചരിത്രയാത്ര" (in Malayalam). Nostalgia Magazine. Retrieved September 7, 2015.

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