Sultanate of Brunei is a wealthy and developed state of South East Asia and considered as one of the richest nations due to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields. The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan which is also the largest city of the Sultanate of Bruniei.
We’ll tell you about the most phenomenal feature of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan which is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. This royal mosque is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is located on the bank of the Brunei river at Kampong Ayer which is also called as “village in the water”.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is deemed as the most exquisite architectural achievement by Brunei. The mosque occupies a very large area and it reaches a height of 52 meters and is topped with a gold dome supported by walls of Italian marble, which also forms the mosque’s columns, arches, and towers. Yes! The main dome of the mosque is covered with pure gold and thus it becomes the most distinguished feature. The Minaret is a very tall structure which provides a panoramic view of Bandar Seri Begawan. The stained glasses are fantastic which are handmade in England. The carpets are specially brought from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Similarly the marble is imported from Italy and the granite used in the building is brought from Shanghai.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque of Brunei is the most attractive tourist destination of the country specially for those who have interest in the unique architectures.
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.
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.