Khaled Bin Al-Walid Mosque

Locally known as “Sidi Khaled” Mosque”, located in the old city of Homs and it is considered one of the most important historical monuments in the city. The present-day mosque was built in the early 19th century following the Ottoman architectural style. The mosque was originally built during the reign of Mamluk sultanate in the 13th century on the remnants of an old mosque, and it was dedicated to Khalid ibn al-Walid, an Arab military commander who led the Muslim conquest in Syria in the 7th century. The mosque has a large prayer hall which houses the tomb of Khalid Ibn al-Walid, and many smaller halls, one of them was converted to an Islamic art museum.

In addition to its high religious status, the mosque has been a platform for political activism during the modern era. Many Homsi scholars and figures started their resistance against the Ottoman presence and the French occupation from its Minbar (pulpit). The mosque has maintained this characteristic during the Syrian revolution which started in 2011 to topple Bashar Al Asaad regime. The Mosque turned into a revolutionary symbol and was significant damaged by the regime’s bombing and shelling during the first three years of the revolution.

Text: Reem Lababidi

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