Beauty is the word that many people differ on. Some people see that beauty is an aggregate of physical or personal qualities in a person that makes him/her attractive. Others see that beauty is the magical view that they can find in nature. However, I see that beauty is undefined and can be found in humans, nature, food, things and buildings. As we are talking about beauty, this article will take you in a short journey to discover one of the picturesque sides of the beauty. Here we go:
- The Crystal Mosque
Terengganu, Malaysia is the first station in our journey to discover the beauty of modern Islamic Architecture. Here exists one of the world’s most beautiful mosques and one of the major attractions in Terengganu. The crystal mosque is located in a man-made island called Pulau Wan Man and is a part of an Islamic heritage park, Taman Tamadun Islam.
It was built between 2006 and 2008, and was officially opened by Sultan Mizan Zain Alabidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, in February 2008. It is the first intelligent mosque in the country as it is distinguished with the built-in IT infrastructure and Wifi connection to allow the visitors to access electronic Quran.
The crystal mosque became famous for its magnificent Architecture. It is made of steel and glass, which give it the crystal-like appearance. Its unique modern style was inspired from some elements such as Moorish and Gothic elements.
In order to perfectly complete its wonderful outer look, there are different types of lights displayed at night to change its domes colors into pink, yellow, green and blue.
As for the inner decoration, there is a large crystal chandelier in the main praying hall. It was said that the mosque takes up to 1,500 worshipers.
- The Zahir Mosque
We are still in Malaysia as it is one of the countries that are rich with Islamic architecture, which means that there are more shades of architectural beauty to discover. Now we are at The Zahir Mosque which is located in the center of Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia.
It is the oldest mosque in Malaysia. It was built in 1912 with the contribution of Tunku Mahmud Ibn Alsultan Tajuddin Muarram Shah, and it was officially opened on Friday, the 15th of october1915 by the late Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah.
The design of the mosque is inspired from Aziziye mosque in Tanjung Pura. What distinguishes this mosque is that its 5 black domes represent the 5 pillars of Islam. Furthermore, every year, Quran reading competition is held there.
- Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei is our second station. We are still in Asia, Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo in 2 distinct section surrounded by Malaysia and South China. Brunei is famous for the magnificent and largest mosque in Asia.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, the symbol of Islam in Brunei, is located on the Brunei River and Kampong Ayer, a village in the water. It is built on an artificial lagoon at the banks of the river. It was named after Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei and the builder of the Modern Brunei.
The mosque was designed by Cavaliere Rudolfo Nolli, an Italian architect. In order to continue the construction of the mosque, the materials were brought from different countries, for example: marble was brought from Italy, granite from China, chandeliers from England and carpets from Saudi Arabia.
In 1958, the construction of the mosque was completed. It follows the Mughal and European-Italian Renaissance style. It is distinguished with a large dome covered with golden plates, tall marble minaret of height 52m, and one bridge that connects the mosque to different parts of the city.
- Qolsarif Mosque
Kazan, Russia, here we reach the biggest mosque in Russia. This mosque was rebuilt in 1995 and completed in 24 June 2005 during the city’s 1,000th anniversary.
It is rebuilt in the same location of the old mosque that was damaged in the Russian invasion of Kazan in 1552. The mosque is named after the heroic figure Al Sharif who sacrificed his life to save his people.
The mosque works as a place for praying and a museum with exhibits of the Islamic culture and history in Russia.
- Faisal Mosque
Islamabad, Pakistan is where the wonderful mosque Faisal mosque exists. It is located at the back drop of the Margalla hills. It was named after the late king Faisal of Saudi Arabia who built this mosque as a gift for the Pakistanis.
The mosque symbolizes the hopes and aspirations of Pakistan. It was designed by Vedat Delokay, a Turkish designer selected from an international competition. The mosque design is inspired by the medieval Islamic style. So, he made the main hall as a desert tent.
It consists of 8 faceted concrete shells and decorated from the inside with mosaics for a spectacular Turkish style. It can take up to 10,000 worshipers.
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Here we arrive at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and our next destination is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is one of the largest mosques in the world as it takes 40,000 worshippers. It is named after Sheikh Zayed who is the first president of the UAE, and its first ceremony was his funeral.
It is located at the entrance of Abu Dhabi, which makes it seen from the 3 brides that connect Abu Dhabi with the main land, the Maqta, Mussafah and the Sheikh Zayed bridge. This special location represents the emotional connection of this mosque to the UAE citizen hearts.
It has 82 domes that vary in size. They are decorated from inside with Moroccan artwork and verses from the Holy Quran written in Gold. The mosque is built over 1,000 columns and the internal elevations were made of Marbles decorated with the traditional Islamic design and unique floral additions.
The mosque is covered with 24 carpets, and as the main hall is always special, it contains the largest carpet in the world. It required 1,200 artisans to work on it. The main hall was also decorated with the largest chandelier in the world that weighs 12 tons. The most amazing thing about the mosque is its lighting system that was designed to reflect the phases of the moon on the domes.
This is not the end. this is just the first part of our journey, and there are more to discover. Be ready.