I’ve been fortunate to visit countless mosques before, but Al-Fateh really stood out because of the more intimate experience. Despite its large size (some 6500 square meters, able to fit 7000+ worshipers), there aren’t nearly as many visitors are other famous mosques. So when I walked in with my wife, we were greeted by a staff member who gave a personal tour and talked about his faith. Usually when traveling or touring I don’t like to be bothered, but it was all just very interesting.
He was incredibly knowledgeable – clearly an academic. I’m pretty sure he knows other religions better than most of their own believers as well. It reminded me a lot of the Intro to Islam class I took at Harvard. I can’t remember his name of the top of my head though, but I do have his card somewhere – I’ll need to dig it up one day.
Of course as with all mosques we needed to be covered up, especially my wife. She actually enjoyed this time though – because you see – we had been watching Homeland at the time. This was her chance to be like Carrie Mathison, and was even handed a similar color headscarf!
Anyhow, some more pictures from our afternoon there.
All shot on my Fuji X-T2 (except the Carrie Mathison photo!)