A tourist destination known throughout the world as synonymous with ‘tropical paradise’ is Maldives. This South Asian archipelagic nation is one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations and is known for its pristine white sandy beaches, breath-taking scenic beauty, amazing diving and water-sporting sites, and thriving coral reefs. The Maldives is also home to a world class hospitality industry, and luxury resorts such as the Adaaran Select Medhupparu; one of the best Maldives resorts.

Officially called the Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, in memory of the hero Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, the Islamic Centre is frequently visited by many tourists and locals. Declared opened in November 1984, the Islamic Centre serves primarily as Maldives’ hub of Islamic activity. The Islamic Centre is best known for housing the Grand Friday Mosque which has the capability to house at least 5000 people, making it the largest mosque in the South Asian region. The Centre also houses the Minister of Islamic Affairs and an Islamic library, and has the capability of serving as a conference hall. The centre also has several classrooms and smaller offices.

The roof of the Centre is adorned with a spectacular golden dome, which defines the skyline of Male. This golden dome is actually one of the reasons why the Centre is such a popular attraction, as it can be seen from almost any direction in Male. The building contains features of traditional Maldivian architecture and craftsmanship, with several marvelous pillars, carvings and engravings, as well as beautifully designed stairways and corridors. One of the architectural highlights of the Centre is the main prayer hall, known for its flawless architectural features. The walls of the prayer hall have been adorned with many intricate woodcarvings and carvings depicting holy verses and Arabian calligraphy.

The Islamic Centre symbolizes the devotion of the people of Maldives to their faith and religion, and thus is a place of great spirituality. It is a great place to visit to gain an insight into the faith and beliefs of the people of Maldives.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+