Although I’ve visited Malaysia many times before and even walked past the As Syakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur’s City Centre, I’ve never actually been inside a mosque.
So when we were taken to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, the main Mosque in the Sultanate of Oman, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
One thing on the packing list for Oman was a headscarf for visiting the Grand Mosque. The group helped one another adjust their headscarves to ensure female hair was fully covered and we were ready to go.
As we approached the main musalla (prayer hall), we were all in awe of the stunning Islamic architecture.
There were a number of tourists around immersing themselves in the culture and traditions of this beautiful country which was a great thing to see.
We removed our shoes and entered the main prayer hall. It’s difficult to find words to describe it but remarkable is one that comes to mind – everything had such immense detail and the photos in this post will highlight.
Just look at the level of detail in this door!
As I mentioned earlier, a female’s hair must be fully covered which you can see above.
We were also advised that we needed to dress modestly which meant covering up from ankles to wrists – something to keep in mind if you ever visit The Grand Mosque.
Another standout feature at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was the prayer carpet. It weighs 21 tonnes, has 1.7 billion knots and took four years to make – this is the second largest single piece carpet in the world!
The must-have photo was the 14-meter tall chandelier above the prayer hall and many people were lying on the floor to get that perfect shot! I loved my time in the mosque and hope you enjoyed the photos!
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a very peaceful place which Non-Muslims can visit every day except Friday from 8:30am until 11:00am. Visitors are asked to dress modestly and in a way befitting places of worship. Women are also required to cover their hair.
This post was brought to you by Side trip of a Lifetime and the Sultanate of Oman.