Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque 2

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This one comes from Saedah. 🙂

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That’s my second card picturing this mosque. The other one you could see here.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

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This is one of the many cards I received from Pglina. 🙂

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific, it is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major landmark and a tourist attraction of Brunei.

Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei who also initiated its construction, the mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

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My first mail from Brunei arrived today in the form of a surprise envelope full of goodies. Thank you, Dklina! 🙂

bVA62ST29J1fWM6rDbFbBeEDBuilt in 1992 to celebrate the 25th year of the current sultan’s reign, Brunei’s largest mosque and its four terrazzo-tiled minarets dominate the ‘suburbs’ of Bandar Seri Begawan. It’s certainly a noticeable building; because the sultan is his dynasty’s 29th ruler, the complex is adorned with 29 golden domes. At night the mosque is lit up like a gold flame.

The interior is best described as jaw-droppingly over-the-top. The sheer volume in itself is amazing, not to mention the myriad woven rugs scattered across the men’s prayer hall.

*The current sultan of Brunei is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah; you could see him on the stamps. 😀

Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brunei-darussalam/bandar-seri-begawan/sights/religious/jame-asr-hassanil-bolkiah-mosque

Baitul Mukarram Mosque

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My first postcard from Bangladesh comes from Faitul. 🙂

Baitul Mukarram is the national mosque of Bangladesh. Located at the center of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the mosque was completed in 1968. The mosque has a capacity of 30,000, giving it the respectable position of being the 10th biggest mosque in the world. However the mosque is constantly getting overcrowded. This especially occurs during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which has resulted in the Bangladeshi government having to add extensions to the mosque, thus increasing the capacity to at least 40,000.

The Blue Mosque

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This beauty came, of course, from Belkis who lives in Istanbul. 🙂

The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. The mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. Just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides being tourist attraction, it’s also an active mosque, so it’s closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers.

Putra Mosque

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This card came from Lim, who tells me that this mosque is named after their first prime minister – Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj , who is also known as the “father of independence” because of his fighting for Malaysia’s independence.

The Putra Mosque, or Masjid Putra in Malay language, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. It is located next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake. In front of the mosque is a large square with flagpoles flying Malaysian states’ flags.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque

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My first card from Malaysia came from Ibrahim. 🙂

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the state mosque of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located in Shah Alam. It is the country’s largest mosque and also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Its most distinguishing feature is its large blue and silver dome. The mosque has four minarets, one erected at each of the corners.

The mosque was commissioned by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz, when he declared Shah Alam as the new capital of Selangor. Construction began in 1982 and finished on 11 March 1988. The Mosque is also known as the Blue Mosque owing to its blue dome. The building has the distinction of having the largest religious dome in the world, it measures 51.2 m in diameter and reaches 106.7 m above ground level. The four minarets, each reaching 142.3 m above ground level are the 2nd tallest in the world, the distinction of the world’s highest being held by the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.