Inside Amman's treasured Al Husseini mosque

STORY: Step inside one of Jordan’s oldest mosques

Location: Amman, Jordan

The Al Husseini Mosque was built between 1921 and 1923

during the reign of King Abdullah I

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) THE HEAD OF THE COMMITTEE LOOKING AFTER THE MOSQUE, YAQOUB HMAID, SAYING:

“This mosque remained a meeting point for people. At the time there were no mosques in Amman, it was a small place. So people used to come down from the mountains by foot because there were no cars. And they used to pray at this mosque. King Abdullah I was determined to pray at this mosque during Eid occasions, Fridays and normal days. He used to walk, daily or every three days, from the Raghadan Palace to here. He was surrounded by religious scholars and they discussed.”

The mosque attracts many religious scholars and Quranic students

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DIRECTOR OF AL HUSSEINI MOSQUE, OMAR AL-KHATEEB, SAYING: “We are now in the 'Quran al Kareem' center located in the Al Husseini Mosque. Hundreds, if not thousands graduated from here. They studied the Quran and tajweed. Many religious scholars, people who know the Quran by heart, teachers of tajweed graduated from this center and moved to all the Hashemite Kingdom’s governorates.”

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