Tomorrow is the 2nd highest festival of the Islamic Calender, the Eid ul Azha. At this occasion, I decided to present a photo essay of the Abhu Dhabi Grand Mosque, after an introductory blogpost yesterday
Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque
It is said, what better time would be to be there, at the Mosque now at the time of a festival, the Eid ul Azha
Mosque – few facts
- The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque.
- It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet.
- The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes.
- The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers, 7000 in the mina prayer hall and 1500 in the ones in the halls for men and females. The main prayer hall is open for Friday prayers and festival prayers, the daily prayers are held in the smaller prayer halls and the main prayer hall is closed for prayers, which I think is objectionable!
- There are four minarets on the four corners of the courtyard which rise about 107 m (351 ft) in height. The courtyard, with its floral design, measures about 17,000 m2 (180,000 sq ft),and is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.
- Sivec (Marble) from Prilep, Macedonia was used on the external cladding (115,119 m2 (1,239,130 sq ft)
- Lasa from Laas, South Tyrol, Italy was used in the internal elevations
- Makrana from Makrana India was used in the annexes and offices
- Aquabiana and Biano from Italy
- East White and Ming Green from China
Some other key points
- Carpets are from Iran
- Chandeliers from Germany
- The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s design and construction ‘unites the world’, using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque – Visting Times
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00p.m.
Friday: (after prayers) 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Look up the current opening times: http://www.szgmc.ae/en/mosque-opening-hours
For men and women: modest dress
Women: are handed out Abayas (=black overdress), if the dress code is not conforming with the requirements. For women a loose, full sleeved, no transparent top, with trousers and a scarf to cover your head should suffice.
Conduct in the mosque
Be respectful to the praying people and let them pray in peace. Don’t disturb them with loud discussions and taking pictures!
Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque: Getting there
Entrance Gates & Car Parking
What is Eid ul Azha
Eid Al Adha: This is an important 4-day religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham) to sacrifice his young firstborn son Ismā’īl (Ishmael) as an act of submission to God, and his son’s acceptance of the sacrifice before God intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. The celebration starts on the 10th of Dhul Hijja and start with the descent from the Mount of Arafa at the Hajj, one of the 5 pillars of Islam.
Eid ul Adha is one of the 2 highest festivals in Islam. Whereas Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan – the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting, Eid al-Adha means ‘solemn festivity’.
Tomorrow is Eid ul azha and I wish everyone celebrating a blessed Eid!
Have you been to Abu Dhabi at a festival time? How did you spend the time there?
Again, wishing the celebrating a blessed Eid ul Azha
Ishitaunblogged wrote a fabulous piece on the Abu Dhabi Grand mosque, saying, what better time would be to visit the Grand mosque than now, meant at Eid ul Azha