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Masjid al-Qiblatayn (Arabic: مَـسْـجِـد الْـقِـبْـلَـتَـيْـن), also known as Labo-qibla mosque is a mosque in Zeila,[1][2] situated in the northwestern Awdal region of Somalia.[3]

Masjid al-Qiblatayn (Arabic: مَـسْـجِـد الْـقِـبْـلَـتَـيْـن‎)
"Mosque of the two Qiblahs"
RegionNortheast Africa
LocationZeila, Somalia
Geographic coordinates11°21′14″N 43°28′26″E / 11.35389°N 43.47389°E / 11.35389; 43.47389
Completed7th century



The mosque, which translates to (Arabic: مَـسْـجِـد الْـقِـبْـلَـتَـيْـن‎; "Mosque of the two Qiblahs"), dates its construction to the 7th century CE, shortly after the Hijrah (Arabic: هِـجْـرَة‎) of Muslims to what was then Abyssinia.[4] It is one of the oldest mosques in Africa. It contains the tomb of Sheikh Babu Dena. Though now mostly in ruins, the edifice features two mihrabs: one oriented to the north toward Mecca, and the other oriented to the northwest toward Jerusalem.[5]

Influence in SomaliaEdit

The construction of this Mosque is tied to the History of Islam in Somalia. In Zeila, A Dir city, the mosque Masjid al-Qiblatayn is known as the site of where early companions of the Prophet, and the local Somalis, established a mosque shortly after the first Migration to Abyssinia.[6] By the 7th century, a large-scale conversion to Islam was taking place in Somalia, first spread by the Dir people, from their construction of this mosque, to the rest of the nation afterwards.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Liste des premières mosquées au monde prophètique, rashidun et omeyyade selon les écris historique et les traces archéologiques". Histoire Islamique (in French). 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
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  3. ^ "Districts of Somaliland". Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Briggs, Phillip (2012). Somaliland. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 7. ISBN 1841623717.
  5. ^ Fauvelle-Aymar, François-Xavier. "Le port de Zeyla et son arrière-pays au Moyen Âge: Investigations archéologiques et retour aux sources écrites". Livre Islam. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  6. ^ Briggs, Phillip (2012). Somaliland. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 7. ISBN 1841623717.
  7. ^ Holzer, Georg-Sebastian (2008). "POLITICAL ISLAM IN SOMALIA: A fertile ground for radical Islamic groups?". Geo Politics of the Middle East. 1: 23.