6 January 2008

Al-Fateh Grand Mosque


Al Fateh Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Bahrain; this wonderful piece of architecture took four years to build (Dec 1983-Jun1988), and it greets the visitors of Bahrain as they cross the Al Fateh Highway.




The mosque can hold around 7,000 people for prayers, which are held five times a day. Besides the regular prayers, the mosque is also used as a meditation area for muslims, and as a place to teach the meanings of the Quran, especially to the young.



The mosque also includes an Islamic Center, which includes a library full of islamic literature translated into a number of different languages; free copies of certain publications are also available, such as foreign translations of the Quran, the basics of Islam, and so on.


Guests are very welcome to visit the mosque, and tours (available in a number of different languages) inside can be arranged for no charge. You do not need to schedule an appointment, but calling before to plan is preferable, especially if you are with a large group. Timings are from 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday through Thursday (except during prayer time). Guests are requested to dress moderately; women will be provided with cloaks and head-scarves before entering.

16 comments:

Ria said...

wow. it's beautiful! at home, i take tons of pictures of old churches i've been too. but mosques really have a different look and feel to it.

ei, happy new year too. been quite preoccupied... hehe, am still on my vacation.

..::Amu::.. said...

wow!! really beautiful..

Redbelt said...

You have a very good eye Ammar. I did take a couple of pictures with my phone, but your SLR is a world of difference.

N. said...

Mashalla real nice.

Oreo Madness said...

Jameeeeeeeel jiddan!!

Funaki said...

Amazing Photos and nice post.

Thanks for highlighting Bahrain Sights.

Cheers

P.S. Check your email if you may, i emailed you.

moon-light7 said...

Great post :-)

taqo said...

Damn. Your photos are GOOD :-S

SoulSearch said...

Thanks for the post ammaro. The high ceiling of AlFateh mosque reflect the tranquility of this place of worship. You will seriously feel like meditating when you are in there. There's this peaceulness about this place that is grandeur!
Thanks for the images. You have a good eye for pics!
Peace,
SoulSearch

KJ said...

Mashalla what a beautiful mosque!

Shoaib said...

the mosque is just simply ammmaaaaaazing..
the photos r great..
n the post is outstanding..

10/10... ;-)

Luminita CRIVET said...

Hey

I'm planning to come to Bahrain in the summer and i was searching for useful information about the life style there, since i might be there for 1 year. Your blog was indeed useful. Thanx. Still digging...

All the best!
Lumi

rosh said...

Mashallah, soulful pictures and breathtaking architecture - thanks a ton.

Anonymous said...

WOWOW!! Oh allah, if architecture in this world can be this amazing, I can only wonder what you have in store for your believers in the hereafter !!

Anna Lane said...

Amazing! This is a must see. I went last month and it took my breath away. Im Christian, but the presence of God was there. My tour guide (Syed) was very open and even gave me free material to take back with me including a copy of the koran in english. I didnt want to leave and I admire how devout they are to their religion.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. I've been there 2 weeks ago. We joined the maulid in Isa Culturel Center. My body left Bahrain, but my heart is still there.I love Bahrain!