Saturday, March 27, 2021

Masjid Al Abrar, Beruwala

Masjid Al Abrar, Beruwala
Masjid Al Abrar (also known as Buhari Mosque) is a Muslim Mosque located in Beruwala in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka.

History
This is believed to be the oldest mosque in the country established in 300 A.H. [(920 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2002)]. However, according to another belief, the history of this mosque is related to three Sultans named Badurdeen, Salahudeen, and Muhammad who had arrived and settled in the Mannar coast of Sri Lanka in the 7th century A.D. (Abeyawardana, 2002). It is said that the son of Muhammad named Sadurdeen sailed southwards and selected the present site in Beruwala for the establishment of this mosque (Abeyawardana, 2002).

The first Arab settlement in Sri Lanka
This mosque was featured on two commemorative stamps (Rs.23 and Rs.4.50), released by the Postal Department on 8 June 2003, to mark the first Arab settlement in the country.

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7.  pp.107-108.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 26 April 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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