The King Hussein Ben Talal Mosque


The four-minaret mosque, built in the Islamic architectural style prevalent in Bilad Sham, has a primary praying area characterised by vaulted ceilings and Umayyad-style ornamentation carved in Jordanian stone.

Engineering Adviser at the Royal Hashemite Court Ammar Malhas, whose department supervised the construction of the landmark monument, said Khalid Azzam, the Egyptian architect who designed the facility, toured Jordan to study the dominating Islamic architectural style in the country. He came to the conclusion that arches, an integral part of the country’s architectural identity, were inevitable in the design.

The Palace official said a local contractor implemented the project, while a team from Balqa Applied University’s Islamic Arts Faculty created the mihrab, the focal point in a mosque that directs worshippers towards Mecca.

The façade of the mihrab is made of rare kinds of wood, which were used for the first time in 300 years in the Islamic world, according to Malhas.

Meanwhile, a covered 2,000sq.m outdoor praying area with a similar 10-metre-high vaulted ceiling can accommodate 2,500 worshippers.

Directly above part of the outdoor and indoor halls is a two-wing 350sq.m area dedicated as praying hall for women, with a capacity for 350 worshippers. Offices, lecture halls, a library and other facilities are on the first floor of the mosque, which sits above King Hussein Park in the Dabouq neighbourhood.

Malhas said all the building material and furnishings are from Jordan, except for the carpets and chandeliers, which were brought from Turkey, â??for technical reasons and time constraints.â?

The mosque also hosts the Hashemite History Museum, which displays belongings related to the Prophet in the possession of Jordan such as a letter he sent Hercules, king of the Byzantines, in the early days of Islam.

I think people might get the mosque mixed up with the one downtown which is also called the King Hussein mosque but locally (and better) known as Al-Husseini Mosque. The Husseini Mosque was built by HM King Abdullah I in place of an ancient mosque originally built by Omar ibn Al-Khattab (ra). It is an architectural landmark in Jordan and considered the heart of the downtown souk. One of the reasons it’s usually used as the starting point for many protests, rallies and/or demonstrations.

This new mosque is in West Amman, where the new King Hussein public park is. A beautiful location in my opinion. Hopefully I’ll get to pray in it on my next visit God willing.

I’m both surprised at the amount of architectural significance that was employed. I’m no expert but when I saw it being built I expected it to be like any modern mosque in the west end of Amman. Almost hi-tech (as far as a place of worship goes). The idea of incorporating a museum is something I find very appealing. I personally didn’t know we even had the Prophet pbuh’s letter to Hercules. I’ve seen it only in history books.

I’ve yet to experience it but from what I last saw of it the size is pretty reasonable for Jordan.

I think everyone likes the look of it at night when the lights are on. I don’t blame them. So check out a few photos from two top-notch Jordanian bloggers Ahmad and Lina.

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