Mosques are wonderful. They signify and stand as religious wonders throughout the lands they reside in. Especially in Bahrain, Muslim mosques are held to be extremely sacred. So scared, in fact, that people without a fundamental foothold in Muslim religion are not even allowed to enter them.
If you aren’t Muslim by faith, you are not allowed entrance. So, with that said, what Muslim mosques are there to worship or take pictures of in Bahrain?
The Al Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. This mosque can accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at one time! This is Bahrains largest mosque and there is a huge dome built on top of the mosque of pure fiberglass. This makes it not only the largest, but one of the prettiest mosques in the world as well. The dome also plays a part in record holding as the largest fiberglass dome in the world. On a side note, the mosque is physically located right near the Royal Bahraini Palace, which is home to the king of Bahrain. This mosque was built in 1987 by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa, the late conqueror of Bahrain, who passed away in 1999.
The National Library, which was opened to the public in 2006, is located on the Al Fateh premises.
That’s the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, but what others? There are other mosques in the area if such a grand worshipping grounds isn’t suitable to your liking. While the Al Fateh Grand mosque is modern and built in today’s world, there is a much older mosque with a rich history of worship throughout the ages. It’s the Al Khamis mosque in Bahrain, believed to be the first mosque ever built in the area. With such an incredible history, people researched this mosque more and more to find out the fine details. During the Umayyad caliph Umar II era, this mosque was believed to be constructed around 692 AD. However, an inscription located on the site of mosque tells a different story. THe inscription details the construction date to be sometime during the 11th century.
Rebuilt twice during the 14th and 15th centuries, this mosque has been a stone fortress that represents the strength of religious faith. Just recently the mosque was restored a third time, making it easier for worshippers to gain access to the mosque and use it for their religious practices.
During the 7th century, the religion if Islam was bred and spread to a multitude of people in Bahrain. Since, then, worship has become a very large part of their daily lives. Nearly everyday, you can find people in the most popular mosques of worship. While there are more mosques in Bahrain, these are just two of the most famous. For more information on the numerous mosques in the Kingdom of Bahrain, please consult your favorite search engine. If Mosques is not your thing, not to worry! Their are other Bahrain Tourist Attractions.
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