Ramadan Journal: Day 21: A Nearby Mosque

by - August 10, 2012

If you are here for the first time, kindly read this post on Journal your Ramadan to understand this series better. Jazakumullah khair.
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Before I  write more about Mosques in UAE, let me share the photo I took of a nearby mosque which is still under construction. Isn't it beautiful? I edited the photo in Pixlr o matic (don't go there if you don't want to get addicted!). And I love the starry Aladinish feel. :)

I don't think I have to tell you that there is no dearth of mosques in the UAE. After all, it's a Muslim country and pretty rich one too. Whichever corner you turn to, you are going to find a beautiful mosque. It's hard to pick a favourite. 

I love the architectural master pieces in Sharjah. And the Riqqa mosque in Deira is also a favourite of mine. Ofcourse Jumeirah mosque is a gem for tourists in Dubai. But the one that has caught everyone's fantasy lately is the one and only Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. 



We were fortunate to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque couple of years back. I don't have photos good enough to share except for the one above. I've heard that it's something else on a Friday, specially during Ramadan. View some gorgeous photos and read astounding facts about the mosque hereIf you are ever in UAE, this mosque is a must visit!



Among all the grand mosques in UAE, there is a hidden gem in Fujairah called Al Bidyah Mosque. It's the oldest mosque of this country. How old? It was built in 1446! Yup, that old! :)

A mosque I would love to visit (before I die) is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I would so love to see that one in person. I've heard a lot about the museum in the mosque too. Have you ever been there? Is there any mosque that is just unforgettable for you? 

For me personally, no matter how many mosques I've been to (or passed by), the one that I can never forget is ofcourse the one I went to as a child (back in Kerala). It wasn't a beauty or anything. But it was huge. Completely white. Had a second floor just for ladies and children. I remember going there for Friday prayers, attending Taraveeh, attending many duas, celebrating numerous Eids.. But it's gone now. The mosque got old, walls started cracking and the public decided it was time to demolish and build a new one in it's place. Although the new one looks way more beautiful than the old one, I just don't feel as attached to it as my good old mosque. I guess that's how it is with anything you are fond of... it's hard to let go...

Have a blessed and peaceful Friday (most probably the last one this Ramadan)
Neelu

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11 comments

  1. The Al Riqqa mosque is the one beside Ghurair??? That's my favorite mosque! I may not be Muslim, but I can sure appreciate such a beautiful structure :)

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    1. oh, I had completely forgotten about the mosque near Ghurair. I got to get a photo and include here :)

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  2. Nice post on mosques is really nice.such beautiful ones.Thanks for sharing

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  3. oh i love these pics of the mosque...have always been so attracted to their interior and especially the one's in the muslim country they have the most beautiful and intricate designs and omg the sheikh zayed grand mosque is too beautiful for words...but i think the old mosque which was built in 1446 just took my breath away...something this old has endured for so long that in itself is amazing!!!

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  4. Nice masjids... you are so fortunate to live in a Muslim country and be surrounded by so many masjids.. When we came to US, there was only one tiny masjid 25 minutes away from where we lived... now mashaAllah we have 4-5 masjids close to our neighborhood!!!

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    1. You can find a lot of mosques in Kerala also. Maybe that's why I don't feel very surprised at seeing so many mosques here. But that said, I'am very fortunate indeed :) Alhamdulillah

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  5. the mosques are beautiful... when i was a smalll kid i have been to a mosque in nagore.. very faint memroy.. i just remmber a crowd ..
    istanbul is a place i want to go.. have it on my list for sometime.. ahve told navin taht our next holiday should be to istanbul...:)i also want to visit teh blue mosques. jumeerah oneas non muslims can enter and of course the one in abu dhabi.. too..

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  6. Beautiful photos!! The Blue Mosque is on my list too :-). I love seeing pictures of it, quite an architectural beauty!

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