There is a stunning white mosque with an attractive setting between the souk and the seashore where you are free to pray or meditate in solitude.
The mosque bears Hussein bin Ali’s name. From 1908 until 1917, he served as the Sharif and Emir of Mecca. Al Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, who is credited with starting the Arab Revolt, fought against the Ottoman Empire’s growing nationalism throughout the First World War.
Al Hussein Bin Ali mosque stands out among the city’s bustle as an example of Islamic architecture with its immaculate white construction, exquisite glass windows, and towering minarets. In addition, it has the biggest dome of any mosque in Jordan.
Sharif Hussein bin Ali
In 1853, Sharif Hussein bin Ali was born in Istanbul, where both his father and grandpa were lodged. When his grandpa was later named the Emir of the Hijaz, he went to Mecca to study with him. Throughout his youth, he also obtained a great deal of expertise in tribal issues.
“King” Sharif Princes Ali, Abdullah, Faisal, and Zeid are the descendants of Hussein bin Ali.Upon the appointment of a new Hijaz Emir, Ottoman influence and interference intensified, angering Sharif Hussein and several other community leaders. The Sultan then expelled the rest of the opposition and called him to Istanbul. Al Hussein spent 16 years in Istanbul.
Across from Al-Ghandour Beach, on Al-Shata Street, between the market and the beach, is the Al-Sharif Al-Hussein Bin Ali Mosque in the Jordanian city of Aqaba. It was given that name in honor of Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali, may God have pity on him and the founder of the “Hijjaz Hashemite Kingdom”.
The mosque is a notable religious, social, and historical site and one of the models for modern Islamic architecture that echoes the style of the early Islamic civilization. The mosque is regarded as an Islamic culture center, with classrooms for teaching the Qur’an and Islamic studies to both men and women. It also serves as a cultural institution and a lung for the city’s breathing by housing well planned outdoor places for prayer, socializing, and hiking.
The dome and the minaret
While the decorations adorning the exterior surfaces of the mosque were made of panels of white concrete reinforced with fibers as a modern technical alternative to decorations by carving on stone, the dome of the mosque is thought to be the first and largest dome decorated with three-dimensional decoration in Jordan. In the Moroccan Kufic script, the word “God” is framed.
The dome and minaret, which make up the majority of the mosque’s beauty and prominence, are marvels of architecture that beg to be admired. They are embellished with exquisite sculptural ornamentation, Quranic verses, rows of muqarnas, conical columns, frames, and cornices.
The construction of the mosque mimics the art and design of the notable Islamic architecture in terms of the interior and exterior design work that is highlighted by the domes, arches, doors, and the 40-meter-tall minaret that stands atop one of its corners. The mosque also combines modernity and originality in the prominent Islamic inscriptions on the walls, arches, arches, and floors.
The Mamluk architecture, which was renowned for its beauty and grace and its use of decorations in a three-dimensional manner arising from the convergence of architectural blocks, is where many of the traditional and modern architectural and decorative elements found on the mosque’s exterior facades have their origins.