March 4, 2014
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As a visitor, it is but natural to see, and acknowledge the structures a particular place is quite proud of because these have also become the collective identity of the place itself. In Brunei Darussalam, most of the visitors’ destinations (no matter what one’s religious affiliation is) are these two great mosques – Omar Ali Saifuddien and Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
As Christian, the idea of cleanliness in a place of worship of other religions such as Islam, is fascinating and admirable. So when I visited the said mosques in Brunei Darussalam, I took few snapshots of shoe racks and ablution facility as concrete Islamic examples of the phrase Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
Shoes not allowed inside the mosque
Faucets provided for washing ritual before prayers
That outdoor corridor leading to the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is a space for leaving shoes
Shoe racks in this outdoor corridor
A closer look of shoe rack number 25
March 1, 2014
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Behold this grand holy structure in this sulatanate nation of Brunei Darussalam where one can’t get enough of its stunning sight.
As for me what I saw first were the numerous but finite number of octagrams (eight-point stars) from the grounds up to its minarets in the said grand structure (aka Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque).
Two squares where one is placed on top of the other makes an eight-point star (octagram)
Octagram ornamentation in the mosque gate
Octagram in this garbage receptacle
Mathematics is truly beautiful