Muslim Mosque

Corner  of  Grey and  Queen  Streets.    Aboobaker  Jhavery, the  first  passenger  Indian to Durban, bought thlsslte  in 1890. The first mosque was built on the site before the turn of the century.   The present building is said to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.   The building  (rebuilt  in   1929  by  architects  Payne  and  Payne)  is a  unique blend  of  Islamic decorations and strong Union period vernacular style.  The Grey street entrance  has a fine encaustic  tile floor  and  a  view  into the  interior courtyard.   The  mosque  is  of  particular significance to the city in terms of history, its relationship with the Madressa Arcade and its juxtaposition with the Emmanuel Cathedral.  The minaret and colonnaded verandas create a powerful streetscape.

In summer the Muslims stage a procession of floats to mark the tenth day of the first month of  the  Muslim calendar.    This  is  to  remind  the  faithful  of  the  martyrdom  of  the  Son of Mohammed.

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