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The tale of a beautiful mosque

Update : 08 Jan 2017, 06:19 PM
On December 16, 2003, the construction of the Baitul Aman Jame Masjid Complex began, some 20kms away from Barisal, in a place called Ujirpur. The mosque, commonly known as the Guthia Mosque, is built on a massive 14 acres of land which is comparable to the 8.30 acres of that of Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque of Bangladesh situated in Dhaka. The beautiful Baitul Aman Jame Masjid consists of a mosque, a huge Eidgah field, a graveyard, three lakes, Madrasa and an orphanage within the complex. The mosque consists of a separate space for women to perform Salaah, which is very unique to find in the outskirts of Dhaka. The construction of the complex was supervised by SAS Foundation and is a private initiative taken by Sharfuddin Ahmed, a local politician and businessman. The mosque took exactly four years and one month to complete and was designed by a group of Bangladeshi architects. The cost of the construction, according to sources, lies somewhere in the ballpark of Tk200 million. The complex was finally inaugurated on October 20, 2006.Baitul Aman Jame Mosque at Guthia. Barisal, Bangladesh. Baitul Aman Jame Mosque at Guthia. Barisal, Bangladesh. Often described as one of the most beautiful mosques of Bangladesh, the Baitul Aman Jame Masjid Complex is decorated with stunning lights. The mosque uses BOSE speakers to ensure that the Azaan can be heard clearly and in pristine manner from a distance. The designs have been taken from famous mosques in Europe, Asia and Middle East. A lot of the marble stones that have been used on the wall has been imported from Egypt (Misr). The madrasa is situated right beside the mosque and has a walkway adjacent to it. The surrounding area has a beautiful park to complement the beauty of the mosque itself. The garden hosts numerous flowers, shrubs, fruit trees and so on. The area also consists of several ponds and canals, only adding to the mesmerising aesthetics of the complex. The mosque houses 20 domes, with three major lakes surrounding it so that they can reflect the gorgeous mosque from different angles. A number of beautiful calligraphies of the Ayatul Kursi can be found around the mosque and on the inner part of the domes. The inner wall of the mosque has the Surah ar-Rahman written on it. The inner part of the mosque has a maximum capacity of an astounding 1,400 people, while the outer part can house a gathering of about 5,000 people. On the other hand, several thousands of people can pray in the Eidgah field adjacent to the mosque at a time. The graveyard stands on the south-eastern part of the complex. Interestingly, the 58 metres-high minaret of the mosque is presumably the tallest in the country.
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