IDA Calendar 2023
Theme: Historical Masājid
The masājid are the Houses of Allāh ta‘ālā where only He is worshipped and glorified through the performance of salāh, recitation of the Qur’ān and Dhikr (remembrance of Allah ta‘ālā). Allāh ta‘ālā mentions in the Glorious Qur’ān:
…and that masājid belong to Allāh; so, do not invoke anyone along with Allāh. (Suratul-Jinn)
The importance of the masjid can be understood from the life of our Noble Prophet Muhammad sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam that the first building he built after Hijrah was the masjid. Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam has said:
The most beloved places to Allāh are the masājid. (Muslim)
Throughout the history of Islām, the masjid has played an important role. Wherever Muslims settled, the masjid became the centre of the community and towns formed around this pivotal building.
IDA's 2023 Islāmic calendar includes photos of twelve masājid established between 1AH (622CE) and 265AH (879CE). Every photo also includes a short description and a map showing its location in the world.