The Shah Faisal Mosque: Turkish Architecture Inspired by Bedouin’s Marquee

The Shah Faisal Mosque: Turkish Architecture Inspired by Bedouin’s Marquee
By Ahmad Amirali

Since the past 1400 years, Muslim societies have always been keen on building landmarks or distinct ideas and designs. The inspiration came from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself when he created the very first landmark of Islamic; The Mosque in Medina (Yathrib). The Prophet’s Mosque or Masjid al-Nabwi was first made out of mud, olive tree trunks and leaves. Over time, the architecture evolved with the use of modern tools and ideas resulting in more elaborate and detail architectural designs. The modern architectural designs allow more space for visitors without compromising the majestic and elegant structure of the mosque. Read More …

The Forgotten Crown of Cairo: The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun

The Forgotten Crown of Cairo: The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun
By Ahmad Amirali

Cairo (al-Muizziya al-Qahira) one of the oldest cities, founded by the Ismaili Fatimid general Jawhar al-Siqilli making it as the new capital of Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century. The worlds 3rd largest and oldest university and learning centre, The Al-Azhar Mosque University was also founded in Cairo by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah. Blessed with the thousand beautiful mosques, Cairo is the home of the famous ‘Al-Hussein Mosque’ which was built over the remains of the martyred Shia Imam. However, the architecture piece in which I am going to talk about in this article is situated in the most remote and impoverished area of the Cairo city. Read More …