Good Evening from Manama! 🙂
This post is part of a series on our trip to Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Centre located in Juffair, Manama which is only a short 5 minutes walking distance from my apartment. Instead of struggling with what to wear, I just grabbed my black Abaya (the first time I wore an Abaya) and scarf and wore them over my pajamas and unbrushed hair. Slapped some suncream and walked like an Arabian women! 🙂 Arabian women are some of the most beautiful females on planet earth.
I love all things multicultural, and I believe that the world would be a better place if we learn about different cultures and religions so we can respect and appreciate them. At Al-Fateh Islamic Centre and Grand Mosque, they provide guided tours by very knowledgeable English-speaking guides. I had a one-on-one tour with Majed, who had studied in Monterey, California. With his being quite well-studied and articulate, I felt as though I had a wonderful 150-minute comparative religious course, helped me gather quite a bit of information for my blog.
The Mosque occupies an area of 6,500 square metres and it can accommodate up to 7,000 worshipers. The eye cannot miss the geometric shapes and patterns at Al-Fateh Mosque. These appear everwhere: on the marble floor, on the carpet, on the walls, on the windows and on the doors which are made of teak wood imported from India (my country 🙂 )
The floors of the mosque are covered by Italian marble and carpet manufactured in Scotland with geometric patterns resembling those of the windows and the doors. The dome of the mosque is about 40 metres (132 feet) high. It is made of fiberglass and it has twelve Iranian stained glass windows inscribed with the name of God (Allah) in Arabic. Hanging from the dome is a large Swarovski chandelier made in Austria and surrounded by numerous handblown glass lamps all made in France.
Situated adjacent to the Al Fateh Grand Mosque the library compliments the existing structure with quintessential Arabic architecture. The library of Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Center has around 7,000 books, some as old as 100 years or more. Spent some quality time in the library, also brought a little inspiration and spirituality for the home library. Thank y’all for stopping by my blog! Hope you enjoyed your weekend too. Share your weekend and travel experiences with us in the comment below.! I promise to drop in and see you the very next time I’m out for a stroll 🙂 Till next time, take care and think happy thoughts.