Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia

Indonesia has a fantastic Islamic structure which is famous for its magnificent white walls and superb black dome. This is known as Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh, Aceh province.Baiturrahman Grand Mosque Of Indonesia

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a 130-years old mosque which truly represents the culture of the Acehnese people of Indonesia. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Dutch colonial administration as a token of reconciliation following their destruction of an older mosque during the Aceh wars. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was survived from the devastating tsunami in 2004 when hundreds of people sought refuge and the whole city was destroyed.


The historic facts suggest that Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Although according to some historians Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was firstly constructed even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, Baiturrahman Grand Mosque got fire and it was burnt to the ground. In 1879, Major General Vander who was acting as the Military General reconstructed Baiturrahman Grand Mosque as the symbolic emblem of the Acehnese culture. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia has a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets in total.


Al-Masjid al-Nabawi – Mosque of the Prophet

Al-Masjid al-Nabawi “Mosque of the Prophet”, often called the Prophet’s Mosque, is a mosque situated in the city of Medina. As the final resting place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, it is considered the second holiest site in Islam by both Shia and Sunni Muslims (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca) and is the second largest mosque in the world.


One of the most notable features of the site is the Green Dome over the center of the mosque, where the tomb of Muhammad is located. It is not exactly known when the green dome was constructed but manuscripts dating to the early 12th century describe the dome. It is known as the Dome of the Prophet or the Green Dome. Subsequent Islamic rulers greatly expanded and decorated it. Early Muslim leaders Abu Bakr and Umar are buried in an adjacent area in the mosque.

masjid al nabawi

The site was originally Muhammad’s house; he settled there after his Hijra (emigration) to Medina, later building a mosque on the grounds. He himself shared in the heavy work of construction. The original mosque was an open-air building. The basic plan of the building has been adopted in the building of other mosques throughout the world. The mosque also served as a community center, a court, and a religious school. There was a raised platform for the people who taught the Qur’an.


In 1973 Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz ordered the construction of temporary shelters to the west of the mosque to accommodate the growing number of worshippers in 1981, the old mosque was surrounded by new prayer areas on these sides, enlarging five times its size. The latest renovations took place under King Fahd and have greatly increased the size of the mosque, allowing it to hold a large number of worshippers and pilgrims and adding modern comforts like air conditioning. He also installed twenty seven moving domes at the roof of Masjid Nabawi.

Mazar-e-Quaid – Jinnah Mausoleum

The largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Karachi, is also the final resting place of the founder of this country, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. This is famous as Mazar-e-Quaid in the local language, Urdu and it is also referred as Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum which is located in the heart of Karachi.

The vast land was selected for the construction of the Mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The plot which was selected for Mazar-e-Quaid comprises of 53 hectares of land and it was later established as a public park. The size of the exact building of Mazar-e-Quaid was kept 75x75m on ground and 43m high and it was erected on a 4m high platform.


The interior of the mausoleum provides a holy and sanctum feeling and the most attractive part is the hanging chandelier which was gifted by the people republic of China. The outer park also consists of the powerful spot lights which are lit at night and Mazar-e-Quaid flushes like a crystal which can be seen from miles away with naked eye.


There are also the graves of Liaqat Ali Khan who was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Fatima Jinnah ( Mother of the Nation ) who was the real sister of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the vicinity of Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi , Pakistan. Every year on the occasion of national importance, official and military ceremonies are conducted on this venue especially on 23 March, 14 August, 11 September and 25 December which are attended by the local as well as foreign VIP’s.Mazar-e-Quaid

For the love of tea !

Realistic Cooking Ideas

Masala Adrak Chai Final Picture

As someone who loves tea, I am always trying different tea leaves that include black, green, and white. Last year I started to add spices to make Ginger Honey Tea with a Splash of Lemon and Indian Masala Chai. I came across this recipe from the book “From Mom With Love… Complete Guide to Indian Cooking & Entertaining” by Pushpa Bhargava. You can find her book here. I was inspired by her recipe and made some modifications. I am sure you will do the same to make it your own!

It is a subtle tea with an undertone of spices. My preference is strong tea so I lean towards stronger flavor of spices. One of my favorites is Earl Grey loose tea brewed for at least 10-minutes. This tea was a little weak in flavor for me – but if I made it again I would either add more…

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Whimsical Wisteria Gardens and Tunnel in Japan

I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Welcome to the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.


The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan embodies all of that and more. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

Kawachi-Fuji-Garden-Wisteria-TunnelIt’s very far and few between these days that gardens are playfully constructed with the user’s perspective in mind. Japan has some interesting landscaping going on in many forms– with one of our favorites being a floral escape that’s just perfect for an Alice in Wonderland type day.


Nesi Lamak : National Food Of Malaysia

Nasi Lemak or coconut rice is the national food of Malaysia and it is one of the most distinguished dish from Malaysian cuisine. Nasi Lemak is a typical Malay word which means “Thick creamy rice”. Malaysian people like Nasi Lemak too much and they eat it at any time during a day. It is available in Malaysia from almost every food corner and even it is sold in streets. Nasi Lemak is also very popular dish in Singapore . Traditionally it is sold wrapped in thebanana leaves by the hawkers but it is also served in plates in the proper restaurants.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

The original version of Nasi Lemak  is cooked in coconut milk, with pandan leaves, ginger or a stalk of lemon grass and obviously with rice. When the rice is steamed in the coconut milk, it enriches it with fabulous aroma.  Normally Nasi lemak is served with fried anchovies, peanuts, sliced cucumber, hard boiled eggs and a spicy condiment known as sambalAnchovy is a very common salt fish which is found largely in the world oceans .The Chilli Sambal is prepared with crispy ikan bilis , onions and tomato juice.

In the recent years as Malaysia has attracted thousands of immigrants from all over the world and she has also become the hub for tourism in South East Asia, the chefs have introduced Nasi lemak in numerous forms like in Chinese , Singapore , Thai , Indian and Vegetarian versions. Malaysians of every age are crazy for Nasi Lemak , the national food of Malaysia , especially children love it as a breakfast dish.

Iranian Foods : Ash-E-Anar

Like many other top cuisines of the world the Iranian foods also comprise of diverse and savory dishes. These are varied in various parts of Iran which are adopted in accordance to the local traditions and styles.  Fresh herbs and fruits are permanent feature of delicious Iranian foods like  plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. It is not easy to cover the extensive Iranian cuisine yet in this article we’ll tell you about Ash-e-anar which is prepared frompomegranate juice and seeds.



The pomegranate fruit is used largely by the Persians in their foods, either as fresh fruit, or in the form of dried pomegranate seeds. In Ash-e-anar or Pomegranate soup the pomegranatejuice is used. To begin with the fresh pomegranate juice is boiled to the extent that it becomes a tanned and strong liquid. This sour and aromatic fluid is known as pomegranate molasses. The onions , garlic and yellow split peas are fried mostly in olive oil till they are golden brown and then the spices like black pepper, turmeric,  cinnamon, and Aleppo pepper are added. Most of the Persians like it with meat balls which are further added to the prepared soup with Basmati rice and pomegranate molasses. Then it is cooked until this all reach a creamy consistency. Ash-e-anar or Pomegranate soup is usually served after stirring fresh mint, cilantro, parsley and chives.

The delicate Ash-e-Anar is one of the most popular dishes throughout Iran. This pomegranate soup is so much energetic and delicious that it is also applied in its vegetarian version cooked with mushrooms in other parts of the world.