SkyWatch: The Island Mosque by the Sea

Here is another beautiful little mosque that sits right on the banks of the Red Sea in Jeddah along the Corniche.   Many Jeddans enjoy going to the Corniche boardwalk to enjoy the cool breezes from the sea, to picnic or barbeque, or perhaps to roller blade or fly kites.  The Island Mosque  was designed by architect Abdel Wahed el Wakil and is one of four mosques located right along the Corniche, which make it convenient for Muslims to observe the five daily prayers, no matter what time of day it is.  The mosque  itself looks fairly new, but the rock wall around it appears as though it might be much older.  What I thought was interesting about the Island Mosque, aside from its gorgeous Red Sea setting, is its minaret.  The minaret’s design looks like a lighthouse, which is so fitting, given its location.
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30 Responses to SkyWatch: The Island Mosque by the Sea

  1. roni says:

    I’m working close to this mosque and I personally know the architect.

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  3. JM says:

    This a lovely mosque! The closest to the sea I’ve ever seen.

  4. prkl says:

    Very nice scene and mosque. And very well captured. Thank you for sharing this. Happy SWF!

    You can find my entry here.

    prkl, Finland

  5. Beautiful,makes me want to go there…… day.

  6. Susie what a pretty mosque and such clean lines against the blue sea and sky.

  7. Beautiful white stone against the blue sky and blue sea. Would be interesting to know the history of that wall. And the smaller tower does look a lot like a lighthouse.

  8. imac says:

    Beautiful buildings you havein your part of the world.

  9. Carver says:

    Beautiful mosque against the beautiful sky.

  10. Debbie says:

    Beautiful photo and intersting observations. Thanks for sharing.

  11. luna miranda says:

    gorgeous blue sky and the white mosque—absolutely beautiful!

  12. Your photo today of this mosque is lovely. Very inviting location and architecture. I agree that the minaret looks like a lighthouse. Just perfect for the location. I also enjoy your previous photos and your wonderful information and insights. You pick up on interesting items. I always learn more about the culture and people by visiting your sight. I am glad you enjoyed the blue hibiscus flower I had on my website. Keep up the great photo and info blogging!

  13. berry says:

    wow..magnificient beauty!

  14. Deb says:


    Your photo is so beautiful!

  15. Susan says:

    IIIIIIIeee like it!

    Jacob, Zainab a wife of the Prophet placed a rope in her residence to hold on to because she would pray so much.

    The Prophet remarked when seeing it, to take it down, because prayer is not to fatigue oneself. Indeed, in the Miraj, the prayers for Muslims were to be more, but apparently the Prophet “negotiated” it to five times ( I think the original number was 50 times )a day.

    Susie, that mosque it wonderful, simple, inviting, lovely.

  16. Beautiful photograph and lovely location. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. babooshka says:

    That really is the most beatiful location I have ever seen a Mosque in.

  18. Yogi says:

    I just love that picture. Thanks for sharing the mosque with us. It looks very appropriate for the setting.

  19. Guy D says:

    Wow what a beautiful building in a gorgeous setting, fantastic photo as always Susie.

    Have a great weekend!
    Regina In Pictures

  20. Lovely blue sky, and the mosque makes it more beautiful in pic.

  21. Geogypsy says:

    This mosque does look like an Arabian lighthouse.
    Beautiful blue sky.

  22. sylvia says:

    Exquisite photo, the location, the mosque all of it really beautiful and the perfect shot! Thanks so much for the lovely photo and for the information that you share with us! Love it!

  23. ewok1993 says:

    beautiful blue sky. mine is here:

  24. Marahm says:

    Lovely photo, and an inviting mosque! I would like to pray in it, and Jacob’s question is valid, coming from a presumably Christian viewpoint. I suppose many Muslims do get tired of all that praying; that’s probably one reason for lapsing.

    When I lived in Riyadh, I used to enjoy praying most nights during the week with my husband, who would take us to various mosques with women’s sections.

    Certain daily prayers are definately more difficult to observe for certain people, depending upon one’s schedule. In America, it’s nearly impossible to keep prayers, but in Saudia, where the entire society is structured around the five prayers, it is not difficult or tiresome.

  25. Puça says:

    Wonderful one!

  26. Jacob says:

    Very nice capture and thanks again for the background. It is fascinating that the building has the lighthouse look.

    Do you think some of these folks get tired of praying so much?

  27. Chris says:

    Wonderful blue sky in contrast to the beautiful mosque.

  28. Yoli says:

    That is just stunning.

  29. Dina says:

    The mosque is really beautiful. And the colors in this picture are so friendly and inviting.

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