Generally, studying abroad is always a significant consideration of Muslim community because of its difference in cultures and languages. Muslim students will perhaps look for mosques, halal restaurants, and halal food ingredients for cooking when they study abroad. Like many other countries, Vietnam is ready to welcome Muslim people for studying and living with essential availabilities, for instance, a beautiful range of mosques.
Mosques are not only places of worship but they are also used as education centers and attractive destinations. Whether you are a Muslim or a non-Muslim, you are able to meet Muslim community members, learn or observe how they worship, or just admire the Islamic architecture of the whole building. The following are some of the top mosques throughout the S-shared country for your reference when coming to Vietnam for studying or even living here.
- Jamia AI-Noor Mosque in Hanoi
Located at 12 Hang Luoc Street, Hoan Kiem District, Jamia Al Noor Mosque is considered the only mosque in Northern Vietnam. The mosque leaves a strong impression on tourists, thanks to its white-painting hue as well as typical Islamic architectural decoration in both features and symbols. It has a total area of 700 square meters which was similarly designed as many other mosques in the world. A number of Vietnamese and international Muslims usually gather here around 12.30 PM every Friday to attend a prayer session. Of course, large carpets are always available for the peak moment.In addition to the prayer session on Friday weekly, Muslims also have two particular important holidays that are the end of the holy month of Ramandan and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Guests are able to see the special Islam culture at all sides in the mosque. Established in 1885, Al-Noor Mosque has witnessed a lot of major changes in Hanoi.
Address: 12 Hang Luoc Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City, Vietnam.
- Jamia AI-Musulman, Ho Chi Minh City
Jamia AI-Musulman was first built in 1935 and known as one of the most prestigious large mosques in Saigon. Its existence aimed to serve Muslims from Southern India living in the city in the past. Today, Jamia AI-Musulman is a large gathering place for all Muslims from Pakistan and Indonesia to practice their beliefs. The peak time is every Friday. A lot of Muslims and visitors come here to spread their messages to the masses and visit the beautiful scenery and architecture of the mosque. Although Jamia Al-Musulman’s corridor is not large, it can serve hundreds of worshippers. Southern Indian Muslim architecture is a prominent feature here that catches much attention from tourists.
Address: 66 Dong Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Jamiyah Islamic, Ho Chi Minh City
Jamiyah Islamic is the other well-known mosque in Saigon established in 1971. Nevertheless, many Cham people moved from the Mekong Delta to Saigon in 1946 due to the invaders. This was the time that Jamiul Muslimin was built to serve the spiritual requirement of such people. Nowadays, this is a religious gathering place of 30 Cham households with 169 believers.
You can spend a little time visiting this mosque to explore its architecture and spiritual lifestyle of the locals while living in Vietnam.
Address: 52 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 15, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Jamul An Ar, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in a not-easy alley of Duong Ba Trac Street, it will take awhile for you to find Jamul An Ar Mosque because it is also surrounded by a lot of narrow alleys. However, you will be completely impressed by the many Islamic symbols on the wall. The Cham people, Indonesians and Malaysians have migrated to Vietnam for a long time. That is the reason why Jamul An Ar has become the sacred destination for them to worship and pursue their beliefs.
You can easily meet and talk with Cham people around the mosque. They are hard workers and frequently attend the prayer session with the hope that everyone in their family will be happy, healthy and lucky.
Address: 157/9B Duong Ba Trac Street, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Mubarak, An Giang Province
Located in the center of Islamic community in Tan Chau Township, An Giang, you can easily move to Mubarak Mosque by ferry on the river. From a distance, you will be impressed by a typical Islamic architecture, in which the onion-shaped peak and crescent moon patterns stand out from the surroundings.
Constructed in 1750 with the basic appearance of bamboo pillars and cottage roof, it was then impressively renovated its look with brick walls, wooden pillars, tiled roof, and rock ground in 1808. Don’t miss a chance to unleash your eyes over a wide collection of Rapana drums with over 500 years old.
For this opportunity, you are recommended to check in Mubarak Mosque by a boat cruise along the river. You definitely feel the peace and fresh ambiance of the sanctuary, whether it is in the morning, at noon or during sunset.
Address: Phu Hiep Commune, Phu Tan Phu Hiep District, Phu Tan, An Giang, Vietnam
- Jamiul Azhar, An Giang Province
Jamiul Azhar is considered one of the largest mosques in Chau Phong ward, An Giang province. Constructed in 1959, it has gone through many of the biggest renovations in 2012. The most striking feature of the mosque is reflected in its dome-shaped architecture, crescent moon as its symbol, as well as its gorgeous façade and sophisticated architecture. According to the local Muslims, a prayer session takes place in 5 different moments, including before the sunrise, before noon, afternoon, evening, and before night.
One of the most special features is that there is an Islamic cemetery in front of Jamiul Azhar. Actually, here is where many Islamic followers from different regions of Vietnam have been buried.
Address: Chau Phong, Tan Chau Town, An Giang, Vietnam.
- Masjid AI Ehsan, An Giang Province
Masjid AI Ehsan is the other prestigious mosque in An Giang, which was built in 1937 and then renovated in 1992. Here is a place of prayer and worship for 210 families of the Cham community. At first glance, you will feel the purity of the striking white that adorns the mosque with its surroundings.
One thing you should keep in mind, you should not take photos after entering the mosque. The manager here will remind you of this. Therefore, you should comply with the provisions of this place to show them your great respect for the religious nature of the site.
Address: Da Phuoc, An Phu, An Giang, Vietnam