On our recent visit to ABU DHABI we were captivated by the beauty of magnificient SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE. It is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design.The Abu Dhabi Grand mosque, named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan,the UAE’s first president was also ruler of the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is the third largest mosque in the world.
The Grand Mosque
The peace in us is enlightened with a soul connection of true spirits,of blessings,of all things good. We,cherish each moment from the entry to the exit to the grand Mosque where we wore an Abaya for the first time. The sacredness that you feel at that moment,the oneness is no where else to be found.It is as if,we all are one.We all bow down to the same God and hence the blessings are all ours to be together happily shared with one another.
We went inside,with a smiling face not knowing how beautiful it was inside.
The mosque was a wonder, reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
The beautiful Mosque is completely clad in marble and also features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping works. The mosque design has different artistic style taken from all over the world. The outside marble is from Greece, interior marbles are from China, Italy and Morocco.
The huge crystal chandelier in the main prayer hall, one of seven German-made chandeliers that costs more than eight million dollars. It is 10-metre (32.8 feet) tall, 10-metre wide and weighs nine tonnes. It is made up of millions of Swarovski crystals and 24K plated gold.
But unlike other mosques all over the world, what makes this mosque unique is that it is not off-limits to non-Muslims. In fact they are open to anyone wanting to know more about Islam, or simply want to see what’s inside a mosque (this was out of the ordinary, though). However, there are rules. Ladies have to wear an abaya (black robe and head dress – provided at the entrance) and slippers/shoes are not allowed inside. And non-Muslims must not touch the Koran, the Muslim holy book, copies of which are stacked in every prayer room. We were able to experience what it feels like to be covered in black cloth from head to toe.
What To Wear In Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Respecting the culture,it is essential to wear little conservative clothing .Mosque etiquette requires all visitors to wear long, loose-fitting, ankle-length trousers or skirts, long sleeves and a headscarf for women. Those not dressed appropriately are asked to go to the basement, where hooded abeyyas and kanduras can be borrowed for free.
No transparent clothing,No ultra revealing clothes.As long as it is modest,it is acceptable.In Mosque there are dress codes,but you dress yourself for the occasion in the changing rooms.
IT IS WELL WORTH A VISIT AS PART OF YOUR CITY BREAK JUST TO ADMIRE IT SHEER SIZE AND FABULOUS CRAFTSMANSHIP. And with this,our story to Abu Dhabi grand mosque ends.
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