Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest mosque in the world

Some random facts about the mosque:
  • The 22,412 sq metre mosque sites equates to the size of 5 football fields.
  • The mosque has the world’s largest carpet at 7,119 square metres
  • It has 28 types of marble and 24-carat gold throughout
  • Officially opened in the month of Ramadan 2007 (December 2007)
  • Largest mosque in Arab Emirates, sixth largest in the world
  • Completed in 12 years at a cost of $550 million.
  • Mosque has a capacity to accommodate 40,000 worshippers, the main prayer hall can accommodate up to 9,000 worshippers, two halls next to the main prayer hall has a capacity of 1,500 each, exclusively for women
  • The mosque has achieved 3 entries into the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest carpet, the biggest chandelier as well as the largest dome of its kind in the world

Largest chandelier from Germany made from Swarovski crystals

99 names of Allah engraved on the wall

Brother this mosque is truly a super duper beautiful and systematically designed either inside or outside the mosque.

Masha Allah it is a very wonderful but is all of this really necessary? I can understand building a large mosque for a large Muslim population. But are all the crystals and golden ornaments really necessary? My biggest question is that how many could attend the regular 5 daily prayers at mosque? Having such a big mosque is a statement of achievements but if we observe at the young generation of Muslims we would really feel helpless. Masjid An-Nabawi is much simpler (in decoration) compared to this one.

May Allah have mercy on us and guide us to the true path; the path of those on whom He have bestowed His favor, not of those who have earned His anger, nor of those who go astray. Ameen.

Source: Abu Dhabi chronicle

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