Sunday, August 16, 2015

Omar Bin Al Khattab Masjid in Jouf, Saudi Arabia

It is seemingly just a barren desert as you approach closer to Sakaka City. However once close enough you can see an amazing contrast between the dry desert sand and the green fields around the city. You can head on over to Sakaka city after landing at the Jouf Airport, the journey which spans across 30 kilometers is done on wide roads which have olive trees planted on both sides, which made it look even more like a Mediterranean country. From Sakaka you can head on over to the town of Domat Al Jandal, with or without the help of a local guide from the area, where the mosque of Omar Bin Al Khattab stands.

It is generally believed that Omar (RA) had ordered the construction of this mosque upon his return from the Bait Al Maqdis, which is located in Jerusalem. The construction of the mosque of Omar (RA) is said to date back over 1300 years which makes it a heritage site and a historic landmark. Once you get close enough you will be able to view a lofty minaret which stands tall amongst the low historic structures in the area. The minaret is standing directly adjacent to the Mosque of Omar (RA) and is also said to be amongst the oldest mosques in the world. The real mosque is located around two levels below the ground level which can be accessed through special stairs. The entrance of the mosque is comparatively smaller in comparison to the prayer halls. The pathways of the mosque are made of cobblestones which ultimately lead to the mosque’s courtyard.

The mosque is divided into two sections, the northern most area being the original construction while everything south to it was added later during expansion projects. In the more recent construction the building does not even have a door. The structure has been constructed with uneven stones which have been held together with mortar. The roof of the construction is lined with straw and wood has been kept in order to reinforce the roof, which ultimately gives the mosque a historical feel.

If you head on over to the original construction of the mosque, you will see tiny wooden doors which seem newer than the surroundings. However once you enter, you can actually see history as much of the original structure and design has remained the same. It is surprising that roof access is allowed to both the structures for the general public; however visitors should refrain from going on the straw and wood roof, in order not to damage it or the history that it carries with it. Overcrowding on the roof can cause damage to the site’s heritage.

Around the Dumat Al Jandal area there are numerous various other places to explore. Most of these interesting places are located within close proximity of the mosque and visitors can easily visit them. Those interested in ancient buildings and history can roam around the old city area and admire the ancient houses and their architecture.

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