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“Historically signigicant, the Mosque is rather bare, but is very friendly to visitors.”

Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque
Yerevan, Armenia
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“Historically signigicant, the Mosque is rather bare, but is very friendly to visitors.”
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Cheraman Perumal was an Indian king, who legend has it, travelled to visit The Prophet during his lifetime. On the way back he died and his tomb is in Salala, Oman. He sent orders to build the mosque while he was away. Like all mosques, there are specific sections where women are not allowed entry. Avoid Prayer times and Fridays.

Contact the office near the Mosque to arrange a tour (nothing spectacular). Its worth a visit if you are into history.

Visited June 2015
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Level 3 Contributor
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“The first Muslim Mosque in India”
Reviewed 27 November 2015

This is the first Muslim Mosque in India , situated in the city on Kodungallur. Good that the authorities are maintaining the actual structure still.

Visited November 2015
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Kerala, India
Level 5 Contributor
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“Historic”
Reviewed 26 September 2015

The first masjid in India named after Cheraman Perumal. Maintained properly and can see the architecture of old times. There is separate facilities for ladies. And the masjid museum is also worth a visit.

Visited April 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“A Mosque of Unique History”
Reviewed 20 July 2015

One will find nothing unusual about this place of worship for Muslims as one drives past this town in central Kerala, just 30km north of Kochi.

For Cheraman Jumah Masjid in this town, also known by its anglicised name Cranganore, is not just the oldest in India and the subcontinent but one built during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in AD629 by an Arab propagator of Islam, Malik Bin Dinar.

It is also testimony to two facts. One, Islam came to India long before the Mughals came in from the northwest. Two, the entry of Islam was smooth and Muslims enjoyed the full patronage of the locals irrespective of their religions — a facet that is still visible and cherished here.

This mosque stands proud with two other landmarks of Kodungallur, also known as Muziris. The first is the Saint Thomas Church, also said to be among the first in India built by the Apostle himself around 52AD. He had arrived here in India and the church has some holy relics from the olden days. The second is the Bhagavathy Temple of Cheran ruler Chenguttavan, also known as Vel Kelu Kuttuvan, around 150AD.

There are several legends surrounding the Cheraman Jumah mosque. As one goes: It was built under the patronage of the last Chera king, Cheraman Perumal, who is also believed to have abdicated his throne and embraced Islam upon meeting the Prophet at Makkah.

But before he died at Dhofar in Oman due to some illness on the way back to India, he wrote some letters asking the local rulers, to whom he had handed over his empire, to extend all help they could to some Arab merchants who were planning to visit India.

One such merchant, Malik Bin Dinar, was given permission by local chieftains to build Islamic places of worship around the area. The mosque accordingly is called the Cheraman Mosque in recognition of the help extended by the last Chera ruler.

This apart, Malik Bin Dinar, who was also a “sahaba” or a companion of the Prophet, was the mosque’s first Gazi, succeeded by his nephew Habib Bin Malek. Both Habib Bin Malek and his wife are entombed at the Cheraman Juma Masjid.

The original mosque itself has undergone several renovations. The oral traditions have it that the first such refurbishment took place in the 11th century and again some 300 years later. In the modern era a revamp was done in 1974, after which a reconstruction happened in 2001.

But all along, the sanctum sanctorum has been preserved. Minarets and a dome are also modern-day additions. Yet, despite the renovations, a striking amalgam of different cultures and religions is in full play at the grand old mosque.

From some angles, it can even pass off as a temple.

At the centre of this striking blend of several architectural styles and practices is a traditional Kerala-style lamp hanging from the ceiling. This lamp also has inscriptions in old Malayalam script Vattezhuthu.

The mosque also has a small museum. At the centre, inside a glass casing, is a miniature replica of the mosque as it stood around 350 years ago. There are also some other artefacts from the times gone by, such as the redstones that were used to as building material in sizes uncommon today, and an ancient sewage channel.

Visited March 2015
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Kannur, India
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“First Mosque in Kerala”
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Very traditional mosque which is the only mosque not facing the Makkah. Its been known as the first mosque in India (or Kerala. They have a very small museum which is not that much to spot the history.

Visited July 2015
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