Among all the Muslim pilgrim centers in Kerala, Ponnani Juma Masjid has a special place. Having numerous ancient mosques, Ponnani is called the ‘Makkah of Kerala Muslims.’ This nickname itself shows how important the mosques here are for the Muslims in Kerala.
Ponnani Juma Masjid was constructed in the year 1510. Traditional Architecture style of Kerala is followed for the construction of this mosque. The mosque, located in Malappuram district, was built by Zainudhin Makhdum, a celebrated Muslim spiritual leader and scholar.
The architect of Ponnani Juma Masjid was a Hindu called Ashaari who later came to be known as Ashaari Thangal, after converting himself to Islam. He was a close friend of Zainudhin Makhdum under whose influence he became a Muslim. The tombs of both of them are here. From long time back, Ponnani Juma Masjid remained as a centre of Islamic education in Kerala.