About Jaffa's Most Important MosqueThe center of Jaffa's religious life has always been Jaffa's largest and most important mosque, the Al-Mahmoudiya Mosque. It was named after Muhammad Abu Nabbut, the ruler of Jaffa at the beginning of the 19th century and the one who rehabilitated it. The same Abu Nabbut was nicknamed for the big club he used to carry around the hurt the inhabitants of Jaffa.
The mosque was built in 1730, and rebuilt in 1814 as the Mahmoudiya Mosque. On the outer wall of the mosque you can see Sebil Suleiman, this is a "rahat" in Arabic "sebil", a facility used as a water fountain for passersby and camel convoys that passed through Jaffa. The rahat is no longer as beautiful as it used to be, but it is impressive in size and you can be see the inscription dedicated to its founders.
Go to the front door of the mosque, right under the turret. On the door is a dedication in Arabic to the Turkish Sultan, written during the construction of the mosque. Try to enter the mosque, if possible. You will see inside its beautiful inner courtyard, the chapels around it and the mehrab set on its southern side. Mehrab is an alcove in the wall of the mosque that points to the Qibla, the direction of the Ka'aba, the holy building of the Muslims, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where Muslims face when praying.