This is the first Mosque that I’ve visited and I never thought that it will be grand. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in UAE and it is located in Abu Dhabi. It is also the eighth largest mosque in the world and was named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates.

Zayed was able to instigate and realize great contributions to his country which dramatically altered the life and destiny of his citizens on an economical, intellectual and social level. Zayed’s virtue and devotion fortified his association with God, the Almighty.

“When the Arabs followed the instructions of Islam, they dominated the world achieving glories.” – Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

All through mankind’s history, the offspring of Adam and Eve advocate a variety of conventions, religions, societies, and developments, in any case, they stay associated by prevalent human bonds. Sheikh Zayed’s enlightened vision came from the concept of diversity. Different people, different nationalities, different origin and races from all over the world are united together regardless of differences in color and religion.

He planned to transform the Grand Mosque into a living reference in cutting edge Islamic engineering connecting the past with the present in a concordant tune. The Mosque has several post-modern architectural designs improving its Islamic historic feels.

The Mosque accommodates more than 40,000 people; 10,000 in the internal areas and 30,000 in the external areas.

The Mosque is an outflow of a visionary pioneer who trusted that nothing is inconceivable and imagined that the most charitable accomplishments begin from the heart. I heard a couple talking about a fact inside the main prayer room and they say that the carpet in the main prayer hall was made by Iran’s Carpet Company being used in the said prayer hall is considered the world’s largest carpet with a size of 60,570 sq ft

My short trip began. Before entering the Mosque, I went to the changing room to get my Abaya because in the Muslim Culture women are admonished to dress modestly according to The Qur’an. This includes that their hair should be covered as well as a symbol of modesty and privacy. Women who will enter the Mosque and weren’t wearing the appropriate attire needs to get a black dress with an extra cloth (like a hood of a jacket) to cover our heads, and they call it Abaya. After changing, I let my eyes and feet wander upon entering through the enormous and fancy halls of this Mosque and I never felt so amazed in my entire life. It felt like I was walking in a dream. The biggest chandelier I’ve ever seen in my life belongs to this Mosque. The main prayer room is very huge. The place is glimmering with the accent of gold. The doors are automatic. And the design of this Mosque is a merge of historical designs and modern designs. I must say that they really have a grand taste for design. The Mosque itself will leave you breathless and I will never forget the experience of wandering the main prayer room with my barefoot.

My tour in this beautiful and rich in architectural art and history ended with a great experience and learning.

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Published by Adett Feliciano