Mosque Name: Hala Sultan Tekke

Country: Cyprus

City: Larnaca

Year of construction (AH): 28 AH

Year of construction (AD): 649

GPS: 34°53’6.56"N 33°36’38.53"E

Original Qibla: unknown

Rebuilt facing Mecca: 1232 AD


Most accounts establish a connection between the site and the death of Umm Haram during the first Arab raids on Cyprus under the Caliph Muawiyah between 647 and 649, which were later pursued throughout the Umayyad and the Abbasid periods. According to these accounts, Umm Haram, being of very old age, had fallen from her mule and had died during a siege of Larnaca. She was later buried where she died. According to Shia belief, her grave lies within Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The modern mosque was built by this tomb in 1232 AH in Ottoman style. No previous Qibla can be determined. Below are photos taken in 2017.

The graves

The graves

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