(Last Updated on : 21/01/2014)
Malik Dinar Mosque, situated in Kasaragod district
, is one of the most significant mosques of west coast. It is believed to be established by Malik Ibn Dinar and is considered as a very sacred place for Muslims. The mosque exhibits a typical Kerala style of architecture
and has been well maintained through years. In fact its architectural style renders it a unique beauty and a distinct place among other mosques. It is visited by the people belonging to all the religions. Malik Dinar Mosque is considered as a rare monument as it is the only mosque which has survived out of the ten built by Malik Ibn Dinar.
History of Malik Dinar Mosque
Malik Ibn Dinar, also known as Malik bin Dinar, is famed as the first person to bring Islam
in the country. He arrived in India in 624 AD along with his 12 trade associates. Their aim of the visit was not only trade but also the propagation of Islam in India. When they reached Kasaragod on their mission, their unique approach to trade and propagation of Islam attracted the notice of the ruler of the region, Cheraman Perumal
. Soon he found out about their practices and was quite impressed by the doctrines of this new religion which inspired him to adopt Islam.
Features of Malik Dinar Mosque
The mosque was constructed in 642 AD and Malik Ibn Muhammad, the son of Malik Ibn Dinar was nominated as the Qazi of the mosque. It is said that the mosque served as the headquarters for the propagation of Islam by of Malik Ibn Dinar. In 1809 AD the mosque underwent reconstruction with the generous help of the local folks. The mosque houses the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, a descendent of Malik Ibn Dinar. The structure of the mosque is two storied standing on wooden beams. This is in fact the renovated version. The previous building had flooring made of marbles which were brought by Dinar from Mecca. In the reconstruction the floor was extended, however the previous marble flooring have been still preserved.
Festivals of Malik Dinar Mosque
Malik Dinar Mosque hosts a local celebration every year to commemorate the arrival of Malik Ibn Dinar in the country. Uroos is another significant festival of this mosque celebrated once in every three years in a grand and vibrant manner. It is believed that during this festive time Malik Ibn Dinar arrives in the mosque by way of his soul. Other festivals celebrated in the mosque are Ramadan
, Bakri-id, Veliancode jaram nercha festival, Malappuram Nercha, Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Pattambi Nercha and Chandanakuda Mahotsavam.