I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that Saudi Arabia has more mosques per capita than any other country in the world. There are mosques every few blocks in the cities and every few miles in the country. This lonely mosque is in a sparsely populated area in the mountains between Jeddah and Madinah. From all appearances, it seems to be in the middle of nowhere. The two small buildings near it seem to be deserted and there is a long wall visible leading over toward the mosque on the right. The wall defines a property line. I didn’t see any other sign of life in the area, so I’m not sure how busy this mosque gets, but it seems well maintained, so maybe there are more homes hidden back in the mountains.
Many mosques are built by landowners or wealthy businessmen, as well as the Saudi government. All Saudis are born Muslim, and Islam is the only religion permitted in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is known as the “Land of the Two Holy Mosques,” which refer to Makkah and Madinah, the holiest sites in Islam.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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