Abrar Mosque Beruwala (Founded 920AD)
Oldest Mosque in Srilanka
Abrar Mosque in Beruwala is the oldest mosque in Sri Lanka according to official sources and traced historical documents. Available oldest documents indicate it to be constructed in 920 AD, making it nearly 1100 years old. On June 8, 2003 a stamp was issued by the Government of Sri Lanka featuring this mosque, to mark the first Arab settlement in the country.
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Old photo of Abaar Mosque
This historic mosque has been rebuilt extensively overtime with little attention paid to preserve any historical aspects or artifacts. In 1893 the roof was propped up by large round pillars. They were demolished in 1986 when the present front facade was rebuilt to accommodate 3000 worshipers at a time.
There is a very large and interesting water pond in front, said to be centuries old with green color but very pure water. This pond is used for performing the Islamic ritual washing by devotees before prayers.