Founded with support from Nairobi’s African, Asian, and Arab communities, Jamia Mosque is a significant place for Kenya’s large Muslim population. Non-Muslims may check out the elegant exterior from the street, and some walking tours of downtown Nairobi include a stroll past Jamia Mosque. Friday prayers at the mosque often attract thousands of worshippers, and the mosque complex also houses a significant Arabic library and a school.
Things to Know Before You Go
Prayer times at Jamia Mosque are posted on the mosque’s website.
A cluster of halal restaurants near Jamia Mosque are popular gathering places for worshippers and people working in the neighborhood.
The road to Jamia Mosque is closed on Fridays during Ramadan, and traffic can be an issue even during regular weekly prayers.
How to Get There
With a central location between Banda Street and Kigali Street in downtown Nairobi, Jamia Mosque can be reached by taxi or public transport. A cluster of bus stops are located on nearby Kenyatta Avenue, and the lines 24C, 46K, and 46Y stop just a block or two away from the main entrance. If you’re visiting downtown as part of a guided tour, the operator may offer convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
When to Get There
If you’re visiting the mosque during Friday prayer times—whether you’re joining in or just passing by—you’ll share the narrow street to the entrance with a large number of worshippers. Through the month of Ramadan the crowds are especially big, and the road is sometimes closed. If you’re visiting during this time, plan to use taxis or public transport or to come on foot.
Sightseeing Near Jamia Mosque
Some of downtown Nairobi’s most important sites are easy walking distance from Jamia Mosque. Check out the Kenyatta Mausoleum, which honors Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, as well as the Kenya Parliament Buildings, August 7th Memorial Park, and the Kenya National Archives.