Kerala Muslims generally referred to as Mappilas in Kerala share a common language (Malayalam) and culture with the rest of the population. In this state next to Hinduism, Muslim population forms 26.56% of the total population of Kerala. Islam is growing fast here on account of large conversions and birth rates.
Kerala has the distinction of having some of the oldest mosques in this country. The amazing feature is some of the mosques follow the old Kerala architectural tradition and design relevant to this region and seasons. They are made of wood, masonry with tiled roof. Only the recently built mosques (Pallis) have traditional Islamic features like minarets, etc.
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid:
|Thazhathangady Juma MasjidTripAdvisor|
|Thazhathangady Juma MasjidIndiatimes.com|
The Cheraman Juma Mosque:
|Cheraman Juma Masjid,Methla, kerala |
|Mishkal Mosque,Calicut. kalli valli|
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no cupolas and minaret, this strikingly unique mosque has 5 stories. The top floors are damaged when the Portuguese rulers invaded this place and set fire to the mosque in 1510. Reconstruction was done after this destruction
Mishkal Mosque originally had five storiesbut now has four stories. The mosque that can accommodate 400 people at a time has 47 doors, 24 carved pillars supporting a big well ventilated prayer hall.