The Zeenath Baksh Masjid also known as the Jumma Masjid, is found in Mangalore. It was built in the seventh century by the Muslim Arab traders.
The Masjid Zeenath Baksh, Bunder, Mangalore is said to have been established in 644 A.D. The masjid was inagurated on Friday the 22nd of the month of Jumadil Avval. The first Khazi appointed was Hazarath Moosa Bin Malik, the son of Malik Bin Abdullah.
In the Seventeenth century Tippu Sultan who was the King of Mysore was ruling Mangalore. He renovated and beautified the mosque by adding wooden carvings and pillars. These carvings are rare pieces of artwork. Tippu Sultan has also built a Masjid in Mangalore 2km away from this Mosque, which is presently known as Idgah Masjid. During the latter half of 18th century he named the masjid ‘Zeenath Baksh’ after his own daughter.
The mosque has special religious significance and connotation for the Muslim community because the pioneers who set up the mosque are said to have been the kith and kin of ‘Sahabas’ (or associates) of Prophet Mohammed Rasulullah himself.
The mosque was renovated according to the present day needs, as the city of Mangalore was being developed. The Friday prayer is the most popular day for the Muslims to offer their prayers. People stand in lines almost reaching upto the main roads on Fridays.
Considering the needs of the economically weaker section of the community, the Management Committee of the Mosque has taken timely step of extending free service in various angles for the needy people of the community. Funds are also raised for various reason like marriage, education, shelter, medical purposes etc. The Management Committee of this mosque also takes care of the burial of dead bodies for free of cost.
Three important celebrations held at the Zeenat Baksh mosque and the Idgah mosque are Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Azha and Milad ul Nabi in the Islamic calendar.