The Grand Friday Mosque of Maldives, Masjid-al-Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A “z” zam is the biggest mosque in the island. An architectural landmark in the city of Malé, the mosque opened in 1984.
Named after the national hero Masjid-al-Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A “z” zam, the grand Friday Mosque of Maldives also includes the famous Islamic centre. It is one of the most prominent and biggest mosques in South Asia.
The Grand Friday Mosque is one of the main tourist attractions in Maldives. Built with help from the Gulf States, Pakistan, Brunei and Malaysia, the Grand Friday Mosque is striking in its plainness, built in white marble and virtually free from decoration. The golden dome of the mosque is one of the prominent features of the building. The artwork is intricate and simply amazing. The tombs of national heroes, members of the royalty and many other historically significant areas of the country signified in the mosque give glimpses of the past.
The Islamic Centre
Attached to the Grand Mosque, the Islamic Centre was opened in 1984 along with the mosque. The centre serves as a conference hall and official meetings room where ceremonies are held. The Islamic Centre also houses the Ministry of Islamic-Affairs from 11 November 2008. The Islamic Centre acts as a major tourist attraction in Malé especially due to its location near the main jetty of Malé and of course the beautiful architecture of the mosque.
More than five thousand worshippers can be accommodated at once inside the Grand Friday Mosque. Apart from its religious significance, the mosque is a well-known tourist attraction and is closely located to the famous Adaaran Club Rannalhi. Even if you are looking only for a beach holiday, pop into the mosque and enjoy its magnificence.
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