Grand Mosque of Bahrain

Al-Fateh Mosque, Manama - Photograph by John Lawrence

There are numerous mosques spread throughout the land of Bahrain. These pious mosques add a spiritual shade to the atmosphere of the country as a whole. Visitors and travelers from the western countries and other foreign countries are fascinated by glimpses of the mystic East. One of the most popular mosques in the country is Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain. Bahrain Tourist Information guide gives us a deeper insight of the different aspects of Bahrain.

Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain is the largest mosque of the country. Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain is also known as the Grand Mosque or the Al Fateh Islamic Centre. Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain is located on King Faisal Highway and is in close proximity to Juffair. The mosque is to be found just opposite the Gulf Hotel. The famous Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain was constructed in the year 1990 during the regime of the late Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al khalifa.

Al Fateh Mosque of Bahrain is one of the premier Bahrain Tourist Attractions. Travelers and visitors out for Sightseeing in Berlin always make it a point to visit the Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain. Although Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain is a place where followers of Islam go and offer their prayers to Allah the almighty, any person belonging to any religion and any community is welcome to enter the mosque.

Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain remains open for visitors on a daily basis. But visitors are not allowed inside the mosque during the prayer time. Guided tours for tourists are conducted many times during the day. Al Fateh Mosque at Bahrain can accommodate about 7000 worshippers at a time. This religious edifice dons a 60-ton fiberglass dome on the top. Al Fateh Mosque in Bahrain also houses the Religious Institute for Islamic Affairs.

Some facts about Grand Mosque

1. the foundation stone was laid on Saturday, the 17th of December, 1983.

2. Construction work began on 17th December, 1984.

3. Ahmad Al Fateh Islamic Center was opened on 2nd June, 1988. It consists of the Grand Mosque, the Islamic Institute with its library and students dormitory, and service utilities.

4. The total area of the centre is about 15 hectares of which 6500 square metres is occupied by the Grand Mosque.

5. The mosque can accommodate 7000 worshippers: 5000 in the main hall, 1800 in the courtyard and 200 in the women’s prayer hall.

6. The doors of the center are made of teak wood imported from India, their height being six metres to seven metres.

7. The dome above the main prayer hall from the inside is about 40 metres from ground level with a diameter of 25 metres and has 12 windows inscribed with the name of God in the center in green color.

8. The main building has two minarets, each rising to 70 metres above ground feet.

9. The car parking area of the centre can accommodate 750 vehicles.

10. The center has 952 lamps, 78 lusters and 76 wall lights, all made in France.

11. The floor of the mosque is covered with 2774 square metres of carpeting, custom manufactured in Scotland.

12. A total of nearly 3,000 sq. meters of Italian marble were used to cover the floor of the prayer halls and the courtyard.

13. The total cost of building Ahmad Al Fateh Islamic Center including all its extensions, was BD 7,500,000 which excludes the Sh. Isa Bin Salman Public Memorial Library under construction in the Northern part of the centre compound.