Last Update: December 07, 2022, 17:03 IST
There is a beautiful mosque in Bangalore and it is called Modi Masjid. And the ‘Modi’ associated with this mosque is Modi Abdul Ghafoor, a wealthy businessman from pre-independence India. Modi Abdul Ghafoor lived around 1849 in Smugglers Town, Bangalore. At that time this area was known as Military and Civil Station. Modi was a famous merchant who was involved in trade between Persia and India along with some other countries. Later he realized that the area where he lived should have a mosque and the structure was built in 1849.
Later, Modi Abdul Ghafoor’s family built more mosques in different areas of Bangalore. In his memory there is a road called Modi Road near the Tannery area.
In this period, the old mosque was damaged. In 2015, the old structure was replaced by a new one. By the time the new mosque was opened to the public, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sworn in for his second term. “It was just a coincidence,” recalls Mudassir, a fruit seller in the area. He is a regular visitor to the Modi Masjid.
The mosque has a built-up area of 30,000 square feet with one floor dedicated to praying women. It also has basic facilities. Indo-Islamic architecture has been adopted to build the mosque.
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