The Katara Masjid

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Katara mosque, (the Masjid of Katara, or Katara Masjid) might not be as large as a huge grand mosque, but the color, design and patterned tiles represent its uniqueness, and its well contrasted colors also symbolize the Arabian, Persian and African tradition. It is an architectural masterpiece that reflects the amazing diversity in Islamic art.

 

The Masjid of Katara plays a vital and significant role in spreading the concepts and human values ​​ in the Islamic religion, working to consolidate the values ​​of coexistence, tolerance, equality and fraternity, as this unique Islamic monument became a prominent feature in the Cultural Village Katara, serving as a cultural and popular university and a comprehensive Islamic institution that embodies the Islamic civilization that flourished in various arts and sciences.  

The Katara Masjid is a unique grand architectural masterpiece, as it was designed by the Turkish architect Zainab Fadli Oglu, in accordance with the most beautiful and best technical specifications and engineering, which highlights the combination of an amazing mix between the various Islamic arts through the ages, reflecting the richness and diversity of Arab and Islamic civilizations. Exterior and interior architectural designs of the Masjid, in addition to the minaret and the dome and Mihrab (Apse), are all inspired by Masjids of many renowned cities and capitals of different Muslim countries, such as Turkey, Syria, Turkmenistan and northern Persia. The magnificent linear panel made ​​of stretched canvas which reads “Allah fateh al-abwab” at the heart of the mihrab, is one of the famous paintings in the Great Masjid in Bursa – Turkey, as well as all the craftsmanship arts such as lines, decorations, inscriptions and mosaics have been carried out by the most skilled craftsmen and artists from around the world.

Moreover, the Katara Masjid inspired its outside shape from the Masjid of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the most important and oldest Islamic architectural memorials, as it represents the gem of Masjids, it includes the Rock where the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, started the night journey to heaven, in addition to the artistic harmony and splendor of Islamic civilization.

(Nada Hamouche)