The National Mosque Abuja is a religious edifice for the Muslim faithful, a worship center rich in arts, culture , mysticism and spirituality. Located at the city center its home to a lot of Muslim worshippers especially top government officials.
The history of the National Mosque began in the 1980s, when the Federal Government of Nigeria during the regime of His Excellency, President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari decided to move from Lagos to the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In 1981, some prominent Muslims from all over the country suggested that the Muslim community should solicit for and collect contributions from both domestic and foreign sources to erect a mosque edifice as a place of worship which would be the national mosque that will serve as a national institution and a symbol of unity for the Nigerian Muslim Ummah. The idea was widely accepted and supported by the Nigerian Muslims. To pursue this noble goal and objective, a council known as Abuja National Mosque Council was inaugurated under the distinguished chairmanship of late Sultan Abubakar III, GCON, the 17th Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to initiate action for the construction of the mosque.
The architectural design of the Mosque Complex was done by AIM Consultants Limited. The Design was made in such a way that the mosque has an imposing view that can be seen from various parts of the City Center and environs. The Mosque is located on the north-west terminus of the Cultural Mall Area.
After the demise of the Chief Imam, Sheikh Musa Muhammad, in 2015, the position of a Chief Imam was abolished.
On 9 October 2017, with approval of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the Abuja National Mosque Management Board under the Chairmanship of HRH Alh. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, CRF, was also dissolved and in its stead a Sole Administrator, to be addressed as the Murshid of the National Mosque, was appointed in the person of Professor Shehu Ahmad Said Galadanci, CON as well as, three Imams who were hitherto addressed as deputy chief imams were appointed as coequal Imams of National Mosque to assist the Murshid. They are; Prof. Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari, Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura and Dr. Muhammad Kabir Adam. The Murshid assumed duty on 15th November, 2017, combining the post of Chief Imam and Administrative Head of the National Mosque.
Professor Galadanci doubles as the Murshid (Grand Instructor, Spiritual Guide or General Administrator). Formally, the board of the management is headed by HE, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in April 1992 but presently, the management Board is under the Chairmanship of HRH, Alhaji. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, Etsu Nupe