Ramadan Journal: Day 21: A Nearby Mosque
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 here. If 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)