Thursday, October 11, 2012

Masjid Al Huda Rome, Italy

Rome Mosque built in post- modern architecture
From Roma Termimi station we took a train to Flamino/Popolo station. The train was crowded and fear crept in as people began to fill the coaches. We have been reminded on how unsafe Rome is with many theives and pickpockets who would dig into your bag cleverly without being noticed. We were always reminding and watching each other to avoid such happenings. 

Just next to Popolo station we changed line to Campi Sportivi, where the mosque is located. It was on the train to Campi Sportivi that one of us picked pocket. The train was packed and it was a golden opportunity for the thief who brilliantly took the wrist wallet in my friend's sling bag and 150 Euro was gone! But we were grateful that the passport was not taken. 

We got off at Campi Sportivi and cross the bridge over the rail line. The masjid is clearly visible from the train station but you would have to walk a bit around the mosque to the entrance gate. The mosque is really huge and visible from over bridge at the train station. The security at the entrance was very welcoming and for a moment I was surprised to see such a huge mosque in Rome.

The minaret is much shorter than any other mosques I have seen, 39 meters tall but the prayer hall is huge enough to accommodate 2,500 people at jumaah prayers. Five decades ago, building a mosque was absolutely no, as clearly stated by Benito Mussolini. Today this mosque is not only important for the Muslims community in Italy but its existence is important in Europe as a symbol of openness towards Islam.

The ground floor not far from the small prayer hall
The ablution room
Tile work in the ground floor prayer hall
The ladies in the prayer hall

The men praying Zuhur
Very modern architecture
The mosque from a distance
List of countries who have donated to build this mosque
The minaret is 128 feet, just 2 feet shorter than St. Peter
Stairs to the main hall
The train station near the mosque
Wooden door with beautiful artwork
Modern pillars different from traditional mosque

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