Mosques in Tripoli :
||HistoryOne of the oldest
religious monuments of Tripoli is the Abdel Wahed mosque which surprisingly enough was not
built by a Marnluk but by a Moorish holy man.It was among the many Sunni Muslims who
traveled to the newly built Muslim city liberated at long last from Crusader rule .
Tripoli was becoming a center of Islamic learning with its newly built Grand mosque and madrasahs.
Abdul Wahed, the "Slave of the One (God)" is the only name by which this
learned man from Meknčs near Fez is known. He attracted many disciples during his stay in
Tripoli and in addition to his reputation for holiness he was also very clever and amassed
considerable property in and around the city.
The prayer hall of his little mosque
is plain with several arches rising up from huge central square pillars. The minaret is
the first of its type in Lebanon and may reflect the builders North African Arab
origin. Besides the prayer hall is a small fountain court with Abdul Waheds
inscription placed in the wall over the ablutions basin . It reads:
"This blessed place has been built by the humble servant Abd al-Wāhid
al-Miknāsi, may Allah forgive him and forgive his parents too (1305-1306)
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