Id Kah Mosque


Id Kah means a place of praying and celebrating in festivals. The Id Kah Mosque is situated at the heart of Kashgar city. It is not only the biggest Arabic style mosque in China but also one of the most famous ones in the world. it is a group of old Islamic constructions with strong ethnic style and religious features. Kashgar people believed many religions in the history, mainly Zoroastrianism, Shamanism, Manicheism(created by the Mani in third Century in persia),Buddhism, christianism and Islamism etc. Kashgar was possibly the first of the Buddhist kingdoms of the Tarim basin. In the second century AD, Hinayana Buddhism flourished here and continued to do so until the ninth or tenth century. During this period Indian and Persian cultural influences were strong. In 943 islam began to introduce to kashgar.

It is said that this Id khah was once a cemetery of the Arap islam missionary Abu nesir samany. 1442 the ruler of Kashgar Saqit mirza buried his died relatives in this cemetery, in the aim to where he and other visitors would say prayers to the souls of his deceased relatives, Saqit mirza built a small mosque in the today’s inner praying hall. this mosque was Extended and renovated several times but kept the style, size, painting, and has finally reached its present size.