The Islam of the Sultan, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.
Hey Wassim, we are talking about a mosque here. Not an office tower or a hypermarket.And this 'sultan' you are referring to has demised three years ago. And he's most loved by his people and lots of Arabs.I'd be glad to pray in this mosque.
I'm aware of what the purpose of the building is. What I am saying is we should be wary of ostentatious and extravagant displays of piety by rulers, any rulers.Allah yerhamo, I don't know if he was good or bad. However, you do realise that there is a particularly heavy burden and responsibility on rulers and those who flatter and associate with them on "The Day"... ;)I'm just saying I don't need that burden on my spiritual balance sheet and I'd rather stay away.
My default impression is that all people (including rulers) are good unless otherwise proven; I take the local emaratis word for how the late sheikh Zayed has taken care of them and distributed the wealth amongst the population equally (unlike the case neighboring countries…)The reason I posted this was to share this architectural wonders with you and with other people, I am not conducting a PR campaign and I am certainly not getting paid for it. My conciseness is quite comfortable.
Mashalla! It is finally complete! Would love to go there!Is it open for the public yet?
Hala KJ,Walla I am not sure if it's open for public yet. I'll check it out next time I am there. I actually got those pics through email.Given its locations, it'll make a perfect first stop for friday prayers in one of those weekend trips to AD. When the weather is not foggy of course :P
Very beautiful.. it's truely a master piece of architectural work.. Allha Yer7amk ya Shaik Zayed, a true leader.. a genuine man.. Honestly, we need such an 'extravagant' building, if this is how some of you might want to describe it as, I feel it's 'stamping' UAE with our Muslim identity and reinforcing it. Why not ? Beside, the very fact that's it's huge and that it's capacity is about 30-50,000 Muslims ( I think if I'm not mistaken) would mean that most of AbuDhabi residents would meet and unify there on Fridays.. I think this would add so much to how ppl feel towards each other.. I don't think anyone can underestimate the power of harmony and peace in Jama3ah prayers !
Exactly IYM, mosques have always served as venues to bring people together. It shall always be the case inshallah.
Hmmm. It's big, and the photos are evocative. But as a building it's a pile of reinforced concrete shite. I can't get myself to admire these cookie cutter arches, even if there are lots and lots of them.Islamic architecture: after Sinan, not much.
It's to serve the purpose which is praying jama3ah.. So, a mosque can't be built in a different way than what we see.. each Muslim has to be closely adherent to the one next to him ( shoulder to shoulder kinda thing; like bricks ) without much of gaps in between and they have to assemble in raws.. And so the design mainly surves the purpose and the function..
And by the way, although it's huge.. but the repitition of walls and pillars and those arches; just the repitition of them all over the Mosque makes distraction by the architecture very unlikely when performing the prayer.. It's all the same as if you're in a maze, so you would stop focusing on those similar walls and will just focus on your worshiping ! Makes sense !
Real nick, I somehow agree, the designer could have handled the effervescence of domes better than this. They simply dwarfed the minarets…But I still like the interiors and the arcades…Sinan is one of those legends that don't get repeated so easily over history.
IYM, I couldn't come up with such a critique and psychological profiling even if I tried!....let me guess; your sister's helped you?...*kidding* :)
LOL DJ, no .. no external help from sisters or relatives.. I'm away from all of them hiding here in the snow land of Canada ! My psychological analysis is based on my own experience when I prayed at the Holy Mosques in Mecca and Madina..that's it :)
Did you take those pics?
btw, it has been open for at least 4-5 months to my knowledge
Ps: strongly recommend everyone to go and visit (especially non-muslims)
La wallah ya Bu Jassem, I received them from some Malbary website promoting itself by sending those photos randomly.I haven't been to AD in a while, I will sure go and visit this beautiful mosque next time around inshallah…Like you, I strongly recommend visiting it for non-Muslims as well…
It indeed is breath taking. The photographs extend a warm, safe and peaceful vibe. hmmmmm I miss the calls for prayer - there are none around here in NYC.Anyway, lovely pictures - thanks for these.
sallams mashallah that mousque is very nice i wa stryin g to get hold of pics on the mousqe until now i have found some is there anyway u send send some to my email.
These photos are great, I seen some mre nice ones on this site herehttp://www.islamicinformation.net/2008/06/sheikh-zayed-grand-mosque-pictures.htmlThe dubai part of middle east is beautiful !!
روى أبو داود (448) عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ( مَا أُمِرْتُ بِتَشْيِيدِ الْمَسَاجِدِ ) قَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ : لَتُزَخْرِفُنَّهَا كَمَا زَخْرَفَتْ الْيَهُودُ وَالنَّصَارَى. والحديث صححه الألباني في صحيح أبي داود .قال الخطابي رحمه الله : التشييد : رفع البناء وتطويله .
One of the Beautifull masjid i just love to pray there, i was there 6 months back at that time it was not open for Peoples any wy this is beautifull amazing
Seeing the Mosque was amazing and definitely one of the best structures in the UAE.
I was there earlier this month 4 Jummuah Salaah. ABSOLUTELY breathtakingly beautiful!! I couldnt stop taking pics.
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