Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque, a renowned Ottoman-era monument, stands as the most celebrated landmark in the city of Homs. Within its walls lies the tomb of Khalid Ibn al-Walid, a prominent companion of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and a highly esteemed commander of the early Muslim armies. Born in Mecca in 592, Khalid Ibn al-Walid played a pivotal role in the conquest of vast territories in modern-day Syria, as well as achieving significant military victories in Arabia and along the Euphrates river in present-day Iraq. His military prowess and strategic brilliance were widely acknowledged and attributed to his success.
Originally a cemetery, the site of the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque featured a small mosque adjacent to the tomb in the late 7th century. During the Mamluke period in 1265, a larger mosque was constructed at the location. However, during the rule of Ottoman governor Nazim Hussein Pasha, the previous mosque was demolished to make way for the construction of the present-day mosque, which is relatively modern. The construction of the mosque took place between 1908 and 1913, while the interior tomb dates back to the 11th century. The older sarcophagus containing the remains of Khalid Ibn al-Walid was relocated to the National Museum in Damascus.
The Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque is usually open throughout the day, from the first morning prayer until the final evening prayer. Unfortunately, the mosque suffered significant damage during the Syrian war. However, extensive rehabilitation efforts were undertaken to restore the mosque to its original grandeur and architectural integrity.