Approximately 11 percent of Kenya’s population is Muslim, and Nairobi’s Jamia Mosque is the nation’s most prominent and important structure honoring the religion. Located in the city’s Central Business District, Jamia’s three silver domes and two minarets have made it a landmark in this mostly industrial section of Nairobi. In addition to being a place of worship, Jamia Mosque houses an extensive library, as well as a training institute that teaches Arabic, introductory computing and cloth making.
Jamia Mosque is located next to the McMillan Library. Fridays are the best time to experience traditional worship. More than 1,000 people participate in what’s referred to as Jummah. It’s best to arrive early and travel on foot, since the street can be crowded and is closed during the month of Ramadhan.