28 November, 2011

Masjid: some Mosques of Amman

Masjid Malik Abdullah
Due to its central, strategic, geographical location: very close to Jerusalem and in between the main centers of Islam - Makkah, Damascus, Egypt and Iraq, few places are as blessed with as many holly, Muslim sites, shrines and tombs as the Kingdom of Jordan. Many of God's Messengers, including The Founder of Islam, passed through Jordan. In the Kingdom too, many old, venerated holly Muslim men lived or passed through. With most of the Kingdom's citizens being Muslims, there are many mosques in the country. Some very old. Many new. No where else in the Kingdom are there as many mosques as in its vibrant capital: Amman.

Ommayad Mosque, The Citadel, Amman
One of the oldest mosques in Amman, was built by the Omayyad's around the 8th Century AD at the Citadel. Some of its ruined remains can be seen today.
Grand Hussein Mosque, Al Balad, Amman
In the old part of Amman, near the gold souk and not far from the old Roman Theater, is the Grand Hussein Mosque also known as the Al Husseni Mosque. Built by the late King Abdullah I in 1924, of pink and white stones, it is one of the oldest and most recognizable mosques in the city. Reportedly, there was an older mosque on this same site which was built around 640 AD by the second Caliph of Islam - Omar Ibn Al Khattab.
King Abdullah Mosque, Al Abdali, Amman
Close to the Jordanian Parliament, capped by a beautiful blue, mosaic dome, is one of the most famous and most recognizable structures in Amman: the King Abdullah Mosque. It was built by the late King Hussein between 1982 and 1990 - as a memorial to his grandfather and can accommodate thousands of worshipers. An Islamic museum is located within the mosque. As a reflection of the city's cosmopolitan character, it is very close to a Coptic church.
Abu Darweesh Mosque, Al Ashfiyyah, Amman
One of the most extraordinary and most striking mosque's you will ever set eyes on is the Abu Darwish Mosque which is on top of Jabal Ashfiyyah, the highest point in the city. Outside, the walls, the dome, the minaret and the fence around it - are all covered with black-and-white checkered patterns. Reportedly built in 1961, it has an interesting history.
Grand Jordan University Mosque, Amman
Being in the center of one of the busiest parts and highways of Amman, the Jordan University Mosque, in Jubeiha, near the University of Jordan, is always full during prayer times, especially on Fridays, on Eid days and during the fasting month of Ramadhan. It is also one of the most recognizable mosques in the city.
Kahf Ahl Al Kahf Mosque, Amman
Opened in 2006 is the Kahaf Ahal Al Kahf Mosque. It is one of the newest mosques in Amman and is adjacent to the more known and frequently visited legendary, ancient Cave Of The Seven Sleepers. Below, the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque which is the largest mosque in the city. It was built by the present King Abdullah II in memory of his father.
King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, Dabbouq, Amman
Many people confuse or mix up three mosques in Amman, including many Jordanians: the Grand Hussein Mosque in Al Balad - the Old part of Amman, the King Abdullah Mosque in Al Abdali and the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Dabbouq. These are also the main mosques in the city and all are associated with its Hashemite kings. Few places in the world, or even in the Middle East, have as many well known, distinguished mosques as Amman.

+ Prayer Times, Amman