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    One of Bahrain’s most stunning mosques is surrounded with scaffolding as workers carry out repairs inside the towers in preparation for the Holy Month of Ramadan.Saar Mosque was built by the Muslim Educational Society in 1998 at a cost of around half a million dinars and is an imposing landmark as well as being a place of worship.Imam Shaikh Joma said the improvements being carried out are part of an ongoing maintenance programme and electrical wiring between the lights and switches were being checked.

    He said: “The mosque is 13-years-old and maintenance work is necessary. This mosque has such a rich history and is loved by many.”The magnificent mosque and Islamic Centre underwent renovations several months ago when it was given a newer and fresher look with a facelift and major repainting.Muslim men and women from different nationalities visit the mosque located on Saar Avenue for the five-time daily prayers as well as special Friday prayers and it is a hive of community activity.

    The mosque was built on 3,493sq/m of land and is divided into several sections. The first is the main prayer hall which seats up to 1,600 men.Adjacent to it are two rooms, one is used for the sound and lighting systems and the other for funerals.There are 12 Arabic-designed chandeliers made from yellow copper brought in especially from Egypt. The women’s prayer section seats 340 and the hall can also be used for special functions and ceremonies for ladies only.The mosque also has washing and toilet facilities for both men and women. There is a large library with hundreds of Islamic books for users to learn more about their religion and faith. There are also two flats in the mosque for the Imam and the Moathen (the caller to prayers).

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    Address: Saar Ave, Saar, Bahrain