Tuesday, July 20, 2010
There sure are a lot of mosques around town. I don't live near any personally, but I can say that the architecture of some of them is wonderful. They can be something simple like a small building next to a gas station at a highway rest stop to the magnificence of the Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. This extravagant building rivals the cathedrals of Europe. While non-Muslims are generally not allowed in mosques, they are allowed in this mosque. In fact, there are daily tours from 10:00 am apart from Fridays, the main day of worship.I do have to say that having done the tour with my mother last January, I got a real kick out of seeing her in the abaya (black cloak) that all women have to wear in mosques. I also enjoyed the beautiful building and found the description of Islam very informative and interesting. Because few mosques will allow non-Muslims in, I don't have much to compare with. I would say that if you are in Abu Dahbi, the Zayed Grand Mosque is a must see.