Okinawa Masjid Rahmatalil`alameen is the first public masjid or mosque built in Okinawa Island, Japan. The foundation of Okinawa Masjid was erected in 2013 through the initiative of Syed Zakir Ali, Mian Waleed an several Pakistani muslims brothers working in Ishikawa City, Okinawa. They gained support from the Okinawan Muslim community who have long dreamed to have a place for worship at least five time a day in a daily basis.
This masjid is located just 10 minutes walk outside the the Nishihara Gate of University of the Ryukyus or about 5 minutes walk from the University Hospital.
The current building is a temporary container-type housings, which are separated into two compartment. The first room can provide a space for about 30 peoples, while the smaller room is usually designated for women (5-6 people). When the number of worshiper exceed the capacity of the space inside the room, such as during the Eid, the open space in front of the masjid is used. This can provide a space for approximately 100 people.
The current status of this masjid has been recognized by the local government, however the administrative procedure to get a formal approval as a permanent place of Islamic worship and teachings is still continuously being assessed according to the Japanese Law. Hence, the active support from the Okinawan Muslim community is highly needed to fasten the process of this assessment.
This masjid is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and through all the year. Some routine events, such as Koran (Al Qur`an) recitation, Islamic teachings (e.g. Hadith, sermon, etc.) as well as meetings and family gathering are hold in this masjid. The ultimate purpose of this masjid is not only to provide a place of pray or worship for muslims, but also provide a place to introduce Islam, its teachings and values, positive to the local non-muslim Okinawan community and general public in general. Hence, this place is open for all people.
The current head of Okinawa Masjid is a local Okinawan Muslim, Brother Yamazato, the head of a respected architecture company who also actively support in designing and building process of the permanent building of future Okinawa Masjid.
If you happen to come to Okinawa and want to find a masjid, you are always welcome to visit. Please follow below information to get to Okinawa Masjid.
(Uehara, Nishihara-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa 903-0125, Japan)
Google Map GPS pin poin: 26.243371, 127.761017
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/okinawamasjid/
If you are around Naha City, including traveling from Naha Airport, I suggest you to go to Naha Bus Terminal. From Naha Bus Terminal take a bus No. 97 towards University of the Ryukyus (Ryudai) and get off at the University Hospital (Ryuudai Byouin). This will took about 40 min. Then from the hopsital to Okinawa Masjid is just 3-5 min. walk towards the Nishihara Gate from this hospital.
If you take bus No. 98 from Naha City, get off at the final destination which is University of The Ryukyus (Ryuudai). From here, you have to ask a direction to the Nishihara Gate (Nishihara Guchi) which will take about 15 min to reach. The Okinawa Masjid is located about 10 min. from Nishihara Gate by walk.
Unfortunately, there is not much Bus alternative if you reside in the northern part of Okinawa.
If you want to reach by taxi, just tell the driver to go to the University of the Ryukyus Hospital (Ryuudai Byouin). Okinawa Masjid is just 3-5 min. walk towards the Nishihara Gate from this hospital. Or alternatively you may also show the above address of the mosque.
Personal Car / Bike
If you want to drive by your own to this location, the following Google Map pin point may be useful for you (26.243371, 127.761017).
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Use this interactive Google Map to guide you to the masjid.
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