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Grand Mosque in Cotabato City under a Cloudy Skies

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It is the holy month of Ramadan one early morning,  my friend Joy and I decided to take a look of th

It is the holy month of Ramadan one early morning,  my friend Joy and I decided to take a look of the Grand Mosque also known as Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Masjid of Brgy Kalangannan Dos, Cotabato City. This is funded by the Sultan of Brunei amounting to almost Php 300 million, and holds the title as the largest mosque in the Philippines.

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It is my third time to visit the mosque, but every time I visit it, I am always mesmerized my it’s grandeur. Approaching to the mosque feels like I am into some foreign land, away from Cotabato City. It has grandeur despite of its simplicity.

The mosques minarets 141 feet tall (43 meters) and is topped by pilot lights, to avoid accidents.

The domes painted in gold are adorned by crescent moons. Islamic designs crafted the walls, doors, floors and even the walls plus the array of stunning arches. The grand mosque can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers.

The Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Masjid is an awesome sight to be in Cotabato city. It is built along the rivervank of Tamontaka river, draining to the Moro Gulf. And on its right is the Timako Island, known for its rich biodiversity. The magnificent mosque occupies 5000 square meters of a 5-hectare land.

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It was opened by the public during the Eid Al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) last 2011, and since then lots of Muslims visit the place for pilgrimage and even non-Muslims check out the grand mosque because of its grandeur. It has the most number of visitors during the month of Ramadan. Many of my Muslim friends took a long trip to pray on this mosque especially during Ramadan.

During this season of Ramadan, every Muslim prayer  time the grand mosque is fully filled up. There are restaurants around the area except for a small store in front. You are also not allowed to enter in your shorts and without the scarf. When we went there we forgot to bring with us our scarf, but the small store offers to rent a scarf for 20 pesos each.

The grand mosque is more than just a place of worship, but also a symbol of peace that dominates in the region.

Here is a short video as we explore The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City.

 


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