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Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Al Qorasha mosque is a historic mosque in Huraymila and one of the most important historical mosques in the Riyadh region. It is the latest of mosques that have been opened after re-construction within the historic mosques program implemented by SCTH in collaboration with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Heritage Foundation charity.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH opened on (Thursday, 28 Safar 1437 AH) the mosque after its reconstruction work completed. The need had resulted from last year’s rains lashed Huraymila resulting in the collapse of some portions of the mosque. His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman had asked the Center for Urban Heritage in SCTH to rebuild the mosque within the “historic mosques care program”. The mosque was re-rebuilt in cooperation with the Municipality of Huraymila, as a quick implementation, restoration and rehabilitation project in accordance with the means and the mosque was built as before the demolition.
President of SCTH directed at the opening ceremony the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance to deploy adjacent building to the mosque and the ministry’s building to be integrated and used proportionate to the nature of the mosque.
He also asserted in his speech at the award ceremony in Huraymila, the importance and value of the historic mosque, noting the interest of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, (may God protect him) and his personal follow-up in the rebuilding.
He said, “I remember that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (may God protect him) when the mosque fell down, he was almost personally interested in the subject and sent me a telegram asking about the mosque, stressing his interest in it, and I told him that the people Huraymila, municipality and everyone will cooperate to re-build it in cooperation with SCTH and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.”
His Excellency Abdul Aziz bin Muammar, Mayor of Huraymila valued His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman for the rebuilding of the mosque out of his interest in the historic mosques. He pointed out that the declaration of His Royal Highness of the opening of the Office of Tourism and National Heritage in Huraymila will have a deeper impact in providing the elements of tourism in the province would be reflected on the provision of job opportunities for citizens.
For his part, Abdulrahman bin Ali bin Mohammed, the military adviser at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, said that the historical mosque in Huraymila is one of the ministry’s interesting models of historic mosques adopted by SCTH and the Municipality of Huraymila.
“Restoration of this historic mosque was the starting point since its construction was more than 300 years ago and is an extension of a number of historical mosques that have been re-restored and rehabilitated while maintaining the original building as much as possible. This is due the attention and care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the attention and follow-up of His Royal Highness the President of the SCTH for the House of God, and the directives of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, pointing out that there are other mosques with ongoing work of restoration.
The mosque was re-built in a new design that has kept the old building design intact. It was also marked by a commemorative panel of the project and traditional floor coverings.
The mosque is the oldest historic mosque in Huraymila, and a place for different Najdi villages to seek knowledge. It was like a university, especially since Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab (God bless his soul) was teaching his lessons daily, and graduated a group of scholars and students, and then followed by a series of knowledge workshops in this mosque.
The construction of the mosque dates back to the period of the first Saudi State during the twelfth century AH. This is the oldest archaeological mosque remaining in Huraymila.