Skywatch: Gleaming Gold Minaret

Gleaming gold topped minaret

Gleaming gold topped minaret

An essential part of a mosque is the minaret.  They come in many shapes and sizes and some mosques have only one minaret, while larger mosques may have several.  I have read that the perfect minaret should ideally look like a sharpened pencil, however building a minaret requires expertise, so many do not appear this way.  Many minarets are topped with the crescent moon, symbolizing Islam, much like the cross represents Christianity.  However some Islamic scholars argue that there is no basis for topping off minarets with the crescent moon.   I rather like the look myself – it seems to be a nice finishing touch.  I was struck by the contrast of the beauty of the gleaming gold top of this minaret with the old rundown building in front of it.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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22 Responses to Skywatch: Gleaming Gold Minaret

  1. Pingback: SkyWatch: Al-Anani Mosque at Dusk « JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL

  2. Susan says:

    Kind of like a lighthouse too … only that the muezzin’s voice calls out the light in the lantern of the minaret.

  3. Peregrina says:

    Oh, so beautiful colours in your image!

  4. Denise says:

    Hi, wonderful photos and I am getting an insight into a culture I don’t know much about but am eager to learn and understand. Thank you.

  5. Arija says:

    Nice shot, I can hear the call to prayer on the sullen air that seems to portend a sand storm.

  6. angela says:

    The graduated sky colour is amazing..well done. It looks so very exotic. I didn’t realise that there was a crescent on top of the minaret. You can see it clearly..

  7. Tarolino says:

    Very dramatic sky above the beautiful gold top of the tower (minaret). Love how it shifts in green at the bottom. Very unusual colour.

  8. Marahm says:

    This is one of the scenes I miss the most about living in the Kingdom. The beauty of minarets is always accentuated at maghrib.

  9. Mick says:

    A beautiful photo.

  10. Marina says:

    Interesting combination and view! Have a nice weekend!

  11. tash says:

    wonderful colors & the minaret is very pretty. great descriptions too.

  12. Erin says:

    i like the gold of the minaret against the sky colors…almost like they are color coordinated. interesting post as well….thank you for sharing.

  13. jeanne says:

    Beautiful colors. Love the way you got the scope of the minaret but still managed to get lots of big, gorgeous sky as well.

  14. A really stunning and beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing!

  15. babooshka says:

    It’s such a mysterious image which really suits your adopted country to our Western eyes,

  16. Tabib says:

    I like the way that light touch at the golden dome.
    Nice composition that emphasis the sky,but you may need to correct the slanting.

  17. Ruth says:

    I learned something today. And your photo is interesting and lovely. Thanks!

  18. Müge says:

    Very nice shot dear Susie! I like very much the colour harmony on this photo! Have a beautiful Friday and week-end! Ciao! 🙂

  19. Mary says:

    A beautiful photo of the sky and minaret!

  20. Suzanne M says:

    Thank you for sharing, I always enjoy learning something new each week with Sky Watch.
    Happy SWF.

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