Mosque Name: Al Midhmar Mosque
Year of construction (AH): 6
Year of construction (AD): 627
GPS: 23.311637° 58.010857°
Original Qibla: Unknown
Rebuilt facing Mecca: 1979
*There has been a lot of confusion about this mosque and the accompanying tomb. When it was first reported to me, I was told it was on the north side of the street. Later investigations have proven that it is on the south side of the street. Therefore it was wrongly entered into the database. Since Covid19 restrictions have limited travel, I have not been able to personally visit this mosque. I plan to go there as soon as I can make the next trip to the Middle East, hopefully within this next year. I apologize to anyone who used my data for this particular mosque. This proves to me that I must rely only on my own personal investigations and those of others. Since the mosque in the photo is a modern building, I will try and obtain information on the dates when this mosque was rebuilt during the years since it was first constructed.-*Dan Gibson
Mazin Bin Ghadoubawas the first Omani to be called to the Islamic faith. Mazin was born in Samail and he became Muslim in The sixth century AH. The story of his Islam is famous in Oman. Before he became Muslim, he was pagan like the other Omani in that era and he had his own fetish which was called ”Bajer”. One day, Mazin’s mother was very ill and about to die. During that, he asked his fetish to heal his mother by giving him the oblation. When Mazin returned to his home, he found that his mother was died. Mazin was angry and he decided to break his fetish. Mazin broke the fetish and he knew that it can not hurt or save him. In fact, he believed that it was not his God.
After making this, Mazin heard about the prophet Mohammed in Madinah and he decided to travel to see him. When Mazin met the prophet, he loved Islam and asked the prophet to ask Allah to bless Oman. The prophet Peace and blessings be upon him asked Allah to protect Oman from the enemies and to become a safe and rich country. Mazin also asked him to ask Allah to make him good and pure man.
When Mazin returned to Oman, he was enthusiastic to spread Islam in Oman.He came back with messages from the Messenger of Allah and built the first mosque called ‘Masjid Al Midhmar’ (Mosque of Mazin) and succeeded in bringing Islam to the people of Oman. This mosque was restored in 1979 with the same architectural and engineering design, with a corrected Qibla towards Mecca.