Following rehabilitation, Al-Ahsa’s Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque is again open for worshipers

April 15, 2021

Saudi Gazette report

DAMMAM — In an atmosphere of spirituality and reverence and while adhering to all precautionary measures, worshipers are offering their prayers in Al-Ahsa’s Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque, which has recently been rehabilitated as part of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman's project to develop historical mosques in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Abu Bakr Mosque is one of the oldest heritage buildings in the middle of the old Al-Kut neighborhood in Al-Hofuf, Al-Ahsa governorate, about 200 meters east of Al-Kut cemetery, and about 390 meters southwest of Ibrahim Palace.

Distinguished by its construction in a unique architectural style, Abu Bakr Mosque was built of mud, pebbles, and logs of palm wood. Before its reconstruction, the area of the mosque was about 565 square meters, accommodating some 125 worshipers.

The mosque premises consist of a prayer house with an area of 5.65*13.7 meters, and an external square with an area of 15.85*16.35 meters, part of which is shaded, in addition to a warehouse consisting of two rooms, together with an area of 12.5 square meters, and a residence for the Imam with an area of about 127 square meters, as well as bathrooms with a total area of 40 square meters.

Following the rehabilitation and reconstruction works, the mosque's capacity increased to easily accommodate 166 worshipers.

The construction in the history of Abu Bakr Mosque goes back to more than 300 years, as Sheikh Ahmed Abu Ali sponsored its foundation, which also included the school and ribat of Abu Bakr, located southwest of the mosque, considered a beacon for Islamic religious teachings, as many students from the Gulf countries, India and Pakistan flocked to it at the time.

Many imams belonging to the Abu Bakr family took turns leading the mosque, including Sheikh bin Muhammad Omar al-Mulla, known as Abu Bakr Al-Kabeer, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mulla, known as Abu Bakr Al-Sagheer, and Sheikh Ahmed Abu Bakr Al-Mulla, who was followed by his sons.

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