Historic Al-Hudaibiya mosque to be rebuilt

The Hudaibiya mosque outside Makkah.

The Hudaibiya mosque outside Makkah.


The historic Al-Hudaibiya mosque will be demolished and rebuilt by the Islamic Affairs Ministry and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) to reflect its significance in Islam.

The mosque was built on the site where the Prophet (peace be upon him) signed a peace agreement in 628 CE with the pagans of Makkah, which was called the Treaty of Hudaibiya. The area is on the western side of Makkah.

Mohammad Al-Reemi, supervisor at the ministry’s branch in Makkah, told the newspaper that there was an agreement with the SCTNH to preserve all ancient mosques and buildings in Makkah and Madinah. A study on the reconstruction has been completed, he was quoted as saying by an online publication recently.

Faisal Al-Shareef, director general of the SCTNH in Makkah, said an experienced engineering firm would be brought in to oversee the project using the latest scientific techniques and materials.

The SCTNH and the Al-Turath Heritage Foundation has completed the restoration of 21 mosques around the country. The SCTNH, at its 39th meeting recently, has also set up a project to restore other mosques in cooperation with the Islamic Affairs Ministry, to highlight their religious importance.

A study to revamp eight mosques has been completed. They are the Al-Baiah mosque in Makkah, and five mosques in the Sabaa Masajid area, which would be completed by the secretariat of Madinah. The Al-Memar and Al-Hanafi mosques in the old part of Jeddah would be restored with support from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

Eighty-seven historic mosques in the Kingdom have been identified for restoration including four in Makkah, eight in Madinah, 14 in Riyadh, five in Qassim, 36 in Asir, six in Tabuk, six in Jazan, four in Najran and four in Baha.


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