“In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” , “[All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds -” [1:1-2, Quran]”
One fine cold afternoon in Islamabad; Lunch break; Me and my dearest sister & friend Mehreen picked up our DSLRs to head towards Pakistan’s Largest Mosque. Designed by the Turkish Architect “Vedat Dalokay” and named after “King Faisal” of Saudi Arabia, the mosque represents a beautiful and unique modern Islamic architecture. It is situated right at the foot of Margalla hills. The mosque carries the beautiful calligraphic work of a famous Pakistani artist “Sadequain”; The mosque also once housed The reputed International Islamic University until more students were inducted and the premises was relocated.
The Faisal Mosque is described in the book “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini, and is frequently referenced in the work of Michael Muhammad Knight, who came to the mosque to study Islam as a teenager (Reference: WWW)
The Faisal Mosque can be best viewed from the Faisal Avenue while on the ground or Monal Restaurant located at the peak of Margalla Hills which gives a beautiful view of the mosque and opportunity to take good shots of this amazing structure.
Our Beloved Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whoever provides ease to someone…in difficulty, Allah will provide ease for him in this world and the next… And Allah continues to help the servant so long as the servant continues to help his brother.” [Muslim]”