Massalikul Jinaan Mosque in Dakar – Senegal

Senegal’s Massalikul Jinaan mosque located in the capital city, Dakar, has been ranked as the ‘biggest in West Africa,’ built at a cost of around $33m. The magnificent edifice was built by the Mouride Brotherhood, part of the Sufi strand of Islam that predominates in Senegal.

The mosque’s name of Massalikul Jinaan (“The Paths to Paradise”) comes from the title of a poem by Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, the 19th-century founder of the Brotherhood, who is revered by followers as a saint.

With a Carrara marble exterior and boasting five minarets — the tallest 78 meters (255 feet) high — the mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers inside, and another 15,000 on the esplanade.

The lavish interiors include a gold-leaf dome, giant chandeliers and decorations hand drawn by Moroccan workmen. An Islamic institute, residence and museum are scheduled to be added in the future.;

Usman Ayub

Special Correspondent at Alert News CTM Wimbur, Productive Pakistan Worked at Tehzeeb TV, Faisal Masjid, JTR Media House, YS Pro, PTV News and WTV KSA

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