Golden Mosque/Masjid Manila, Philippines

Golden Mosque (Masjid Al-Dahab)

golden mosque from far

inside golden mosque

The Masjid Al-Dahab, popularly known as the Golden Mosque, is the religious center of Muslims in Metro Manila. It was built in 1976 and was so called because of the color of its dome. It is located in Quiapo, which is also the center of devotion of Christians.

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The structure was built under the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos under the supervision of First Lady Imelda Marcos for the state visit of Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi. The purpose was to help broker peace with the Muslim separatists in Mindanao. The visit did not happen; instead, it was the First Lady who visited Libya. The mosque remained and eventually became the largest mosque and the center of Islam in Manila.

The mosque is located in Quiapo mainly because there were a number of Muslims that lived there and also in Binondo, which is near Quiapo. The Golden Mosque stands at the end of the Globo De Oro Street, whose name means “Golden Globe”. The mosque is large enough to accommodate 3,000 worshipers. Usually, during the Islamic day of worship every Friday noon, the mosque is packed full. At present, the minaret of the mosque is rusted and the dome is partly rusted; however, the mosque is currently being renovated.

 

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~ by eemoo on 19 November 2009.

2 Responses to “Golden Mosque/Masjid Manila, Philippines”

  1. i’m philipino i already converted in islam i want to visit the masjid here in philippines im leaving in bulacan,bulacan…. how can i go to golden masjed and i want also to convert my daughter in islam

  2. i’m malaysian and muslim. Isyallah at the end of April 2011 i’ll marry (nikah) with filipino man from liozon, palauig, zambales. He is catholic but will convert to islam. Please inform to me where is the nearest mosque or islamic center in palauig, zambales so my future husband can convert and at the same time we will nikah.

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