Cheri of WordPress has another challenge for this week. It is about ILLUMINATION. She lamented that “lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery.”
Well, I have one favorite place in Oman that I want everyone to discover – The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
This mosque is the second biggest mosque in Arabian Peninsula and is one of the most frequently visited destinations of millions of tourists around the world each year. However, it is only open to Non-Muslims in the morning from 8AM and 11AM to explore on their own.
The mosque is beautifully illuminated by the natural beam of sunlight with its walls, floors, pillars made of marbles shimmered in dusty white color that, for me, provided a sense of serenity and a peaceful place to pray. The flowers of various species and in vibrant colors give accent to the courtyard as well.
The interesting section of the mosque is the main prayer hall. There is an imposing wooden doorway carved with verses from the Koran that provides access to the hall. Right on top is the famous golden dome.
The main prayer hall, which is called a musalla, can house up to seven thousand worshippers at once. At the center is the gigantic chandelier mostly made of gold plated metal work, and it is covered in Swarovski crystals.
This chandelier is another point of interest with a length of over fourteen meters tall. It illuminates and cast golden glow to the entire room. The place is grand, magnificent, and holy.
On the wall of the prayer hall, you can see verses from the Koran framed in gold, adorn the walls of the prayer hall.
At the farthest end of the prayer hall is the focal center that worshippers have to face while praying. They say, this wall directly points to Mecca, the holy land of Islam.
The mosque was indeed a remarkable masterpiece of Oman. This also a legacy of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as a gift to his beloved people.