The Al Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque
Phi Phi Island Attractions | Koh Phi Phi Mosque
Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque is the primary mosque on Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Thailand. It is located just outside the main village on Tonsai Bay, near the school and old burial ground. It is the main center for community life on the island.
The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque serves the indigenous local population though there are many Thais on Phi Phi who are Buddhist or Chinese. There are not enough local people to do all the jobs available in the hotel business and so now there are many non-Muslims on the island.
The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque is a fine building and a good place of worship. The call to prayer is the standard 5 times a day and Friday is the key day for the village to gather as one. The Mosque was built with the help of the Sunni King of Saudi Arabia. The practising Muslim are international, very tolerant and very aware of the tourists and their differences. The Phi Phi Muslims draw the line at topless sun bathing and can take offence if their religion is not respected.
Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque
The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque is a masjid, a 'place of worship' or a 'prostration in prayer'. A Mosque traditionally is a centre of information, education, and a place to settle disputes. The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque does all this but it is primarily about uniting a community and giving it focus on an island where the majority of people are tourists.
Muslim holidays at the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque
The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque celebrates to the 2 main events. The end of Ramadan 'Eid-ul-Fitr', 'Eid-ul-fitr', 'Eid al-Fitr', 'Id-ul-Fitr', or 'Id al-Fitr' is a time of special prayers when Muslims celebrate the end of the fasting month. Eid al-Adha' or the 'Festival of Sacrifice' or 'Greater Eid' celebrates Abraham acceptance and willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael so as to obey Gods command. God intervenes, having tested and found Abraham deserving so that he is told to sacrifice a sheep instead.
Ramadan at the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque
The holy month of Ramadan is a part fast where no food or drink passes the lips of the Muslim during the daylight hours. The Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque is particularly busy during this month when the local Muslim population unite to take on this task together.
Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque and tourism
Many tourist tours and activities stop or are delayed for Friday midday prayer at the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque. Traditionally the Muslims in this area of Thailand have always been seafarers and so many longtail boat drivers are from Phi Phi and the local quiet Islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Jum and Koh Yao Yai. On Friday at about midday, hiring a longtail boat to go snorkeling or to go over to Long Beach can be difficult. However the delay is never more than one hour or so.
Resorts near the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque
The 3 star PP Andaman Legacy is next door to the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque and so can be reached in less than one minute. The simple Phi Phi Rimlay Resort backs onto the Al-Islah Koh Phi Phi Mosque and has a beachfront position.
Last Updated: 15 Jun 2012