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Nestled at the estuary of the Meghna and Dakatiya rivers stands the magnificent Jinn Mosque, a testament to the architectural brilliance of Muslim scholar Maulana Abdullah.
The mosque, built approximately 200 years ago, has become a prominent landmark in the region, captivating visitors from around the globe.
Born in the esteemed Raipur region of Bengal in the year 1235, Maulana Abdullah hailed from a noble Muslim family.
After completing his primary education locally, he embarked on a journey to India in pursuit of higher religious knowledge. He was admitted to the prestigious Darul Uloom Deoband Madrasah, where he dedicated 17 years to studying under the guidance of renowned scholars.
During his stay in Delhi, Maulana Abdullah was captivated by the majestic architectural style and artistic allure of the Delhi Shahi Jame Masjid. Inspired by its grandeur, he dreamed of constructing a similar mosque in his homeland, Bangladesh.
Maulana Abdullah's vision came to life as he established the Jinn Mosque in Bangladesh after coming back from India. Spanning an impressive length of 110 feet and a width of 70 feet, this mosque mirrors the dimensions of the Shahi Jame Masjid in Delhi. Three domes, positioned 10 feet above the ground, add to its regal allure.
Legend has it that the mosque's construction was clandestinely completed by Maulana Abdullah's Jinn disciples under the cover of darkness, earning it the moniker of Jinn Mosque.
Locals believe that the Jinn inhabitants used to frequent the mosque, bathing in the ponds beneath and devoutly engaging in prayer, dhikr-Azkar, and other forms of worship. Late at night, the enchanting sound of their zikir would resonate far and wide.
One of the mosque's most intriguing features is a secret prayer hall located 20 feet below the main structure. This three-room sanctuary provided Maulana Abdullah with solitude to meditate and seek closeness to Allah.
The tower, standing at a height of 15 feet, is accessible by ascending 13 steps, while the wall boasts a remarkable width of 8 feet. Additionally, an aged minaret, reaching 25 feet high, graces the mosque's entrance, adding to its historic charm.
Located on the southern side of Pir Faiz Ullah Road, approximately 8 to 9 hundred yards east of Raipur town, in Lakshmipur district, this mosque stands as an ancient testament to aesthetic design and unique architecture. Thousands of tourists flock to witness its construction techniques and architectural marvels, coming from far and wide to experience its splendour.
Revered in the area as 'Moulvi Abdullah Sahib's Mosque,' an inscription near the mosque's front stairs reveals its official name as 'Masjid-e-Jame Abdullah.'