Wednesday, 29 June 2011

beauty beyond belief

Tomorrow will be Al Isra Wal Miraj الإسراء والمعراج,
the Muslim holiday marking the ascension
of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and that
makes me walk down memory lane to
one of the most beautiful man-made
landmarks I've ever seen: Abu Dhabi's
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Initiated by the late and much lamented
President of United Arab Emirates, HH
Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the open-hearted
ruler who is widely regarded as the father
of the nation, the Mosque is large enough
to house over 40,000 persons.

During my first stay in Abu Dhabi the
compelling mosque was actually under
construction yet I was totally enthralled
by its majesty and that's the reason why
I came back a year later to examine
its extraordinary features at length.

I could make a list of SZGM's umpteen
treasures: the imposing height of white
minarets and domes, the breathtaking
courtyard with its massive floral marble
mosaic or the multitudinous columns
of the main prayer hall, each and every
one clad in different marbles and inlaid
with mother of the pearl, not to mention
the largest handmade carpet on earth
but you can easily wiki it to read them
all while I simply want to take you into
a journey through beauty and belief.
For your thoughtful eyes.

1 comment:

  1. wow this is really beautiful :) and in celebration of this event we have the day off here in kuwait :* always a pleasure to peak through ur world with ur own perspective.. have a good day mika! Salam :D