It is a massive, symmetrical, four-story mud building built 70 years ago by a Muslim cleric named Sheik Abdul Karim Mori who was motivated by events during the Islamic Golden Age in the 14th century.

The man who built this edifice was inspired by the Egyptian teaching people about the holy Qur’an.

His parents were from the Mossi ethnic group and based in Burkina Faso, but he migrated to Bawku in the Upper East Region after graduating from an Egyptian learning centre.

Sheik Abdul Karim Mori claims to have had a dream in which the design of this building was revealed to him. When he went to the site from his dream, he found a well that he saw as a sign that Allah had provided water for its construction.

He then had another dream in which he was told that the site was to be considered holy ground. For that reason, everyone must remove their shoes before entering.

This is the story of the Ziyaara mosque or shrine,a historical site located in the ancient mamprugu town of Wulugu now in the west Mamprusi municipality of North East Ghana.

Aside from a belief that water from the well in the shrine has the power to bring good luck and healing, visitors or congregants also believe the Shrine has mystical connections to the Muslim holy city of Mecca.