Kakrail Mosque

Kakrail Mosque (Bengali: কাকরাইল মসজিদ) is a mosque in the Kakrail neighbourhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2][3] Located near Ramna Park, it is the centre of the Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh.[4][5] Zubair Ahmed of Noakhali was a former imam of this mosque.[6][7][8]

Kakrail Mosque
কাকরাইল মসজিদ
Kakrail Mosque, Dhaka.jpg
Kakrail Mosque in Ramna area of Dhaka
DistrictDhaka District
LocationRamna, Dhaka, Bangladesh
MunicipalityDhaka City Corporation
Geographic coordinates23°44′13″N 90°24′13″E / 23.7369°N 90.4035°E / 23.7369; 90.4035Coordinates: 23°44′13″N 90°24′13″E / 23.7369°N 90.4035°E / 23.7369; 90.4035
Architect(s)Haji Abdul Muqit


The mosque, and the Tablighi movement, is managed here by a shura of 7 members. Some included Haji Abdul Muqit (Muhsin Ahmed's brother), Sirajul Islam and Azizul Maqsud.[9]


There is disagreement as to when and by whom the mosque was first built but it is seemingly the case that a previous mosque existed in the premises prior to Tablighi administration. Some claim that the original mosque was made of tin and built by the gardeners (known as Malis) of nearby Ramna Park. It was known as Malwali Masjid (Bengali: মালওয়ালি মসজিদ).[10] It is known from the senior attendants that a mosque was established here by a member of the Nawab family of Dhaka about 300 years ago, along with other installations by the family. In the beginning, the mosque was quite small and had a small pond in front.

In 1952, the Tablighi Jamaat movement in Bangladesh relocated their headquarters from Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, and declared the Kakrail Mosque as its Markaz (centre). [11] The three-storey mosque was rebuilt under the supervision of Haji Abdul Muqit, an architect belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat.[12]


The present mosque is designed by engineer Haji Abdul Muqit. Adjacent to the roof of the mosque are triangular carvings. The pillars of the mosque are square in shape. The west wall of the mosque is rippling. The mosque also has wide verandas on three sides. On the south and north sides there are two pond-like houses for Wudu rituals and can serve hundreds of people at once. There are also more modern arrangements for performing Wudu outside of the mosque building. A short distance north of the mosque is a two-storey building for toilets and bathrooms.[12] There are no entrance doors and so it is open day and night.[13]


  1. ^ Hasan, Mubashar (27 January 2020). Islam and Politics in Bangladesh: The Followers of Ummah. Springer Singapore. p. 161.
  2. ^ Siddiqi, Mohammad. The Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh and the UK: an ethnographic study of an Islamic reform movement. OCLC 891697830.
  3. ^ Siddiqi, Bulbul (29 November 2017), "Bishwa Ijtema as a New Form of Islamic Pilgrimage", Becoming 'Good Muslim', Springer Singapore, pp. 77–100, doi:10.1007/978-981-10-7236-9_6, ISBN 9789811072352
  4. ^ Al-Kharusi, Kahlan (27 March 2015). "Introduction:The Muslim World: special issue on Ibāḍī Islam". The Muslim World. 105 (2): 139–141. doi:10.1111/muwo.12096. ISSN 0027-4909.
  5. ^ Md. Delwar Hossain (10 July 2009). "Kakrail Mosque". The Daily Star. Dhaka. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ Siddiqi, Mohammad Bulbul Ashraf (September 2014). The Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh and the UK: an ethnographic study of an Islamic reform movement (PhD). Cardiff University. p. 115. OCLC 891697830. This hospital [Khidmah Hospital] was established by some Tablighi Jamaat ... followers. Among them Moulana Omar Faruque, Moulana Zubayer ... [fn 33] Both of them are senior members of the Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh and are based in Kakrail mosque.
  7. ^ "First Akheri Munajat held". The Daily Star. 17 February 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. ^ মাওলানা জোবায়ের. almodina.com. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  9. ^ Sikand, Yoginder S (1999). "The Tablighi Jama'at in Bangladesh". Journal of South Asian Studies. 22 (1): 120. doi:10.1080/00856409908723362.
  10. ^ Hasan Mohammad (2012). "Tabligh". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  11. ^ Ghazi Abdul Hadi (21 January 2010). "তাবলিগ জামাতের কাকরাইল মসজিদ কিছুটা ব্যতিক্রম". Kaler Kantho.
  12. ^ a b "কাকরাইল মসজিদের ইতিহাস ও দাওয়াতি কার্যক্রম". Desh Shomoy.
  13. ^ "Kakrail Mosque & Tablig Markaz". TouristPlaces.com.bd.