Hawzah News Agency (Accra, Ghana) – The mosque is the oldest in the country and, being one of the oldest in West Africa, is being referred to as the “Makkah of West Africa.”
Built with mud and reeds, the mosque has two tall towers in a pyramidal shape, one for the mihrab which faces towards Makkah, forming the facade on the east, and the other as a minaret in the northeast corner.
These are buttressed by twelve bulbous shaped structures, which are fitted with timber elements.
Despite the hot temperatures of the Larabanga area, the mosque stays cool inside due to it being constructed from mud.
It is said that the founder of the mosque, Ibrahim Ayuba al-Ansari, was buried in this place where the tree has grown. The locals say he was from Banu al-Najjar, the same tribe as the mother of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Every year after the rainy season, the local residents of Larabanga come together and renew the mud on the outside of the mosque and repaint it.
The branches of wood serve as markers to indicate the levels and height of each part of the building during this process.