Wasit Mosque

 Year AH

Year AD




Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca


 Wasit Iraq Great Mosque Petra Never

GPS Coordinates: 32°11'25.00"N 46°18'33.10"E

Wasit is an Islamic city near Kut Iraq, built in the last quarter of the first Hijri century (the 7th century L.C) by Al-Hajaj bin Yousif AL-Thaqafi, as an administrative centre for Iraq. As an ancient city its circumference was 16 KM., It was abandoned in the tenth century after the change in the River (Tigris) bed. Its remains stood sound and safe due to its distant site away from constructive and agricultural influence. Most of its buildings are of bricks. Investigations took place there between 1936-1942, then in 1985. Its large mosque and a building known as the minaret was cleared out, including a tomb and a school that date back to the seventh hijri century. Preservations took place on some parts of the minaret due to walls been worn out, but no real maintenanance was carried out.

The Wasit Mosque in Iraq has been the center of much discussion. Originally, Creswell and Fehervari studied the ground plans of this mosque and claimed that this mosque pointed to Jerusalem. (Creswell, 1969 pg 137 & 1989, pg 40; Fehervari, 1961, pg 89; Crone-Cook 1977, pgs 23 & 173) However, further research has shown that this mosque does not point to Mecca or Jerusalem,
but somewhere in between. In their Internet article Islamic Awareness, The Qibla of Early Mosques, Jerusalem or Makkah? M S M Saifullah, Muhammad Ghoniem, ’Abd al Rahman, Robert Squires and Man'ur Ahmed clearly demonstrate that the qibla of the Wasit mosque points to neither Jerusalem (too far north) or Mecca (too far south).

Instead they discovered that the qibla pointed 155°02’ of north (which is directly towards the Petra region.) The illustration below was taken from their internet article, and demonstrates the direction of the Wasit Mosque qibla.


 There is an interesting article at: http://www.islamic-awareness.org/History/Islam/Dome_Of_The_Rock/qibla.html

It is hard to find Wasit on Google Earth as it appears that section of satellite maps is faded out. Approximately 32°14'N 46°18'E


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