Saudi opens four Jeddah mosques to non-Muslim visitors

Published May 30th, 2016 - 11:08 GMT
King Fahd mosque. (Destination KSA)
King Fahd mosque. (Destination KSA)

Instructions have been issued to allow non-Muslims to visit four mosques in the Kingdom to get acquainted with the Islamic civilization, informed sources told Okaz/Saudi Gazette.

Non-Muslim visitors must respect the sanctity of the mosques and not to desecrate the holiness of the houses of Allah, the sources said.

All the four mosques are located in Jeddah, the gate to the Two Holy Mosques. They are: Al-Rahma (providence), Al-Taqwa (piety), King Fahd and King Saud mosques.

Imam of Quba mosque in Madinah, Sheikh Saleh Al-Mighmasi said on Friday that the entry of non-Muslims to Madinah is not against Islam and does not include any violation of Shariah.

Al-Rahma mosque on the Corniche is a popular tourist site. This spacious and majestic mosque is known among city-dwellers as the floating mosque because it is built on pillars which are submerged on the shores of the Red Sea.

Al Taqwa Mosque was reportedly built in 2005. It is located in north of Jeddah. The mosque, built on an area of 750 square meters, can accommodate more than 400 worshippers.

The King Fahd mosque resembles a Moroccan architecture because of its the tile-work. Its Moorish arches triangular domes.

The King Saud mosque is Jeddah’s largest mosque, covering an area of 9700 square meters. The largest dome has a diameter of 20 meters and reaches a height of 42 meters. It is said to designed by celebrated Egyptian architect Abdel Wahed El-Wakil.

By Fatima Al-Dibais

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