By: Sahar Arrayeh
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan always dreamed of a mosque that united the world and built understanding. His vision was to build a place of worship that not only brings Muslims together, but also help non Muslims connect with a proper Islam and see it as a religion with a message of love for one another.
After his passing in 2004, his son brought his vision to life and brought a group of professionals from different parts of the world to materialise his fathers dream. I was fortunate enough to pray Juma’a in the mosque, a sense of serenity overcame me as I was entering the mosque. You could see faces from all over the globe coming together for either worship, or just to admire the beautiful architecture.
The design and construction “unites the world”, using artisans and materials from many countries including India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia and United Arab Emirates
The Masjid is large enough to accommodate 40,000 worshippers
There are four minarets
The chandelier in the main prayers area is imported from Germany and is the third largest in the world
The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s largest carpet made by Iran’s Carpet Company and designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi
In total, three calligraphy styles — Naskhi, Thuluth and Kufic — are used throughout the mosque and were drafted by Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi of the UAE, Farouk Haddad of Syria and Mohammed Allam of Jordan.
If ever you are in Abu Dhabi, The grand Mosque should definitely be on your list of places to visit.