Translator: Fatıma Nur Dinçer
As part of our series, Houses of Allah, we introduce mosques from around the world, one more beautiful than the other. The mosques we will introduce to you today are the mosques in Qatar.
Imam Muhammed bin Abdul Vahab Mosque (State Grand Mosque)
The mosque, located in Qatar’s capital, Doha, is named after the prominent cleric of the 18th century, Imam Mohammed bin Abdul Wahhab. The exterior of the mosque was built using traditional Qatari figures with sandstone, which is in abundance in the deserts of Qatar. With a total of 93 domes and a capacity of 30,000 people, it holds the title of the largest mosque in the country.
Education City Mosque
Located in the so-called Education City, this magnificent mosque represents 5 pillars of Islam, with 5 pillars that are beautifully decorated with sections from the Qur’an. In addition, the 2 minarets pointing in the direction of Mecca are decorated with verses from the Qur’an using embossed embroidery.
Hamad International Airport Mosque
This mosque situated in the capital centre is slightly different from the traditional mosque designs we are used to. This is due to the mosque being inspired by the shape of a water drop and built with a modern and minimal design. The entrance to the mosque is carried out via the waiting rooms of the airport and there is a long minaret next to the mosque with a bird’s eye view of Hamad Airport.
Qattara Mosque (Blue Mosque)
Qattara Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, takes its blue name from its exterior, which is filled with turquoise and purple mosaics. It is appropriate to look for a Turkish trace in each place where the turquoise colour is used as this is usually associated with the Turkish name of the colour and seen in its unique architecture. The design of the mosque was inspired by the design of many famous mosques around the world by the world-famous architect and designer ZeynepFadillioglu.
Speaking of Qatar, it is not possible to pass without commemorating the Ottoman Empire, which once ruled this land and left a great mark everywhere it went. The Golden Mosque in Qatar is decorated with small pieces of gold using Ottoman architecture. With this, you may sometimes find people taking photos in front of the mosque and sometimes checking if the gold plating is real.