Faisal Masjid

My house in Islamabad is just a KM from faisal masjid, so close that i can see the minarets from my living room window, yet i never had the pleasure of offering prayers there.

Until last friday.

The first thing that comes to mind, just as soon as you enter the boundaries, is just how BIG the place is. Beautiful white marble everywhere, with fountains lining every side, the entrance to this wonderful mosque is breathtaking. Then you enter the main chamber, and again the word which comes to mind is, HUGE! The huge chandelier right in the middle, surrounded by a string of lights, the gently sloping walls which meet at the top, the caligraphy on the front walls behind the imam, all bring a sense of granduer which is very unique to this one place. After prayers, we took a round of the grounds, and even though the fountains were off, they still looked amazing.

This is definately one experience no one should miss when in Islamabad!

7 Comments so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Yes, it is a colossal building oozing extravagance. Would not it be better to have spent the amount to establish a university or a hospital for the good of the poor.

  2. Phil (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Jayjay: :) If only you knew more… before suggesting. Faisal Masjid houses one of the International Islamic University’s Campuses.

  3. etchy-baba (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    Correction plzzz!!!!! International Islamic Looniversity

  4. JayJay (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    Phil: Is the uni Campus still there? Why not have a dedicated, purpose-built, uni campus, rather than scavanging on a building which was not meant to be housing a uni?

    On another note, I don’t think that IIU has made any significant academic contribution so far, apart from becoming a ground for propogating Wahabi-ism.

    What a waste.

  5. Phil (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    Well, the IIU has a seperate larger campus operational in I-9 ^^ apart from its former campus at Faisal Masjid.

    When you mentioned Wahabism fact, with which I really have no concern, you are acting like the kid in your class who goes “Ma’am whats? The spelling of Einstine!”, the teacher would ask the students and the same kid would reply with the answer.

    Talking about signigicant academic contribution, there is no educational institute in Pakistan that has made ‘significant contribution to academics’.

  6. JayJay (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    Phil, Your kid analogy was unwarranted.

    So there is no IIU campus at the mosque anymore. Praying is the sole purpose of this extravagant edifice.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    jayjay: there have always been ‘extravagant edifices’ for prayers.. checkout the various mosques around the world.

    thats what i thought, IIU has got a whole SECTOR for itself now, not only leftover area at faisal mosque.

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