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Adhān
Adhān
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
Hurry to the prayer.
Hurry to the prayer.
Hurry to success.
Hurry to success.
God is Great.
God is Great.
There is no god except the One God.

(I realize translations differ. This is not the pre-dawn adhān. Source: Islam at About Religion.)

"The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has many special and unique elements: The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world's largest carpet made by Iran's Carpet Company and designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi," according to Wikipedia.

"This carpet measures 60,570 square feet, and was made by around 1,200 to 1,300 carpet knotters. The weight of this carpet is 35 tons and is predominantly made from wool (originating from New Zealand and Iran). There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet and it took approximately two years to complete.

"The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven imported chandeliers from the company Faustig in Munich Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier is the second-largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third-largest in the world and has a 33-foot diameter and a 49-foot height.

"The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque's spectacular columns, which becomes even more glorious at night. The unique lighting system was designed by lightning architects Speirs & Major to reflect the phases of the moon. Beautiful bluish gray clouds are projected in lights onto the external walls and get brighter and darker according to the phase of the moon.

"The 96 columns in the main prayer hall are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl, one of the few places where you will see this craftsmanship.

"The 99 names (qualities or attributes) of God (Allah) are featured on the Qibla wall in traditional Kufic calligraphy, designed by the prominent UAE calligrapher ~ Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi. The Qibla wall also features subtle fibre-optic lighting, which is integrated as part of the organic design.

"In total, three calligraphy styles ~ Naskhi, Thuluth and Kufic ~ are used throughout the mosque and were drafted by Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi of the UAE, Farouk Haddad of Syria and Mohammed Allam of Jordan."

More information about the mosque is available on the Adhān (Call To Prayer) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque group page. Photo via Flickr by Walid Mahfoudh. Text from Wikipedia has been edited. Image has been edited. Licensed as CC BY-NC 2.0. As required by the license, it is released here under the same license.
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