Sunan Ampel Mosque

Sunan Ampel mosque built in 1421 over an area of 2000 m² with ancient Javanese architecture style and nuances of Islamic Arabs very closely, originally known as the Sunan Ampel mosque. The mosque is unique, supported by 16 pillars made from teak, there are carvings of ancient relics of the Majapahit era of meaningful unity of God, with a length of 17 m and 0.4 m wide with no connection. Seventeen shows the number of raka'at a day which is a pillar of Islam. Besides this mosque has 48 doors, 1.5 m in diameter with a height of 2 m. 50 m high tower which is characteristic. In the past I have found no means of loudspeakers, so the higher the tower the better, so the call to prayer could be heard. And dome-shaped hall of Java with a crown-shaped symbol carved sun as a symbol of the triumph of Majapahit, which was also served to spread the religion of Islam with Sunan Ampel. In this place there is also a historic wells that are now covered with iron. Many believe the water from these wells has advantages such as water Zamzam in Mecca. Until this moment all the original buildings are handled directly Sunan Ampel still looks solid. Now given the name of Sunan Ampel Mosque.
In light of the mosque building form Sunan Ampel managed and assisted mbah Shonhaji (mbah holes), mbah Sholeh-santri and students, may still amount to thousands of buildings were able to create a mosque that was admired by ummah in all ages, this is a statement of visitors from within the country, as well as foreign tourists, especially the architectural and historical experts.
The mosque building is done 600 years ago with the number of followers of relatively small compared to the followers of Hindu religion at that time, especially in the city of Surabaya. Sunan Ampel mosque built with the size: 46.80 mx 44.20 m = 2068.56 m². This shows that Islamic societies are still considered minorities are remarkable works. So that is the pride of Muslims, as a historical relic that should be maintained and preserved.
Besides the equipment used was very simple, yet difficult terfikir dikala transport it. With the equipment they are used to transport building materials to be used. If dlihat of this some ways could not help wondering, construction done within a relatively short time. This all could not be separated from features more commonly known as Karomah of Sunan Ampel.
Given the increasingly more adherents of Islam, so that this mosque is necessary. So in 1926 under the leadership of: the Duke Regent R. Aryo Niti Adiningrat expanded: 22.70 mx 20.55 m = 466.48 m².
Expansion to-III in 1954 led by KH Manab Murtadlo, expanded: 25.70 mx 50 m = 1285 m².
120 m x 5 m = 600 m²/1885 m²
Expansion of the IV done in 1972, expanded: 120 mx 11 m = 1320 m². As for who put the first stone: K.H. Idham Chalid (DPR / MPR R.I). Its executive committee are the: K.H. Mohammad Nawawi, A. Hafidz Madjid and H. Abd. Karim.

Until the year 1905 Sunan Ampel Mosque is the second largest mosque in Surabaya. By citizens Ampel, mosque and the tomb of Sunan Ampel built so that people who want to pray in the mosque and pilgrimage can feel comfortable and calm. It is obvious by the construction of five Gapuro (the gate) which is a symbol of the Five Pillars of Islam.
From the south, exactly in the way there Gapuro Sasak named Gapuro munggah, where we will enjoy the village atmosphere similar to the zinc market in the Grand Mosque of Mecca. Illustrates that a Muslim pilgrim must rise if able.
After passing the village hall into a shopping area provide everything needed from the Muslim fashion, perfumes, dates and other accessories people who have already done a complete pilgrimage Gubah available in the market (Ampel Suci).
Then we will see a Gapuro Poso (Fasting) is located in the south of Sunan Ampel Mosque. Gapuro Poso area provides an atmosphere in the fasting month of Ramadan. Illustrates that a Muslim should fast.
After passing Gapuro Poso, we entered the courtyard of the mosque. From this page would look buildings are magnificent main mosque with a towering minaret built by Sunan Ampel. That still remains intact both the tower and beams.
When we do pray in the mosque of Sunan Ampel, then we can continue the journey back and we will find Gapuro Ngamal. Here people can bershodaqoh according to their ability and sincerity. Shodaqoh which is also used for the preservation and cleanliness of the mosque and the tomb area. Describing Five Pillars of Islam about obligatory alms.
Then not long after that we will pass Gapuro Madep, located just west of the main mosque. On the right is the tomb of determining mbah Shonhaji Qiblah direction Sunan Ampel Mosque. Describes the implementation of the prayers facing the Qiblah.
And after that we'll see Gapuro Paneksen to go to the tomb. This is described as a confession of faith "Witnessing is no god but Allah and Prophet Muhammad the messenger of God"

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