Jeddah: Floating Mosque

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم

Image: Ryan Mayer’s document.

After hunting souvenirs in Balad Market we continue the journey to the Red Sea. Once off the bus we immediately perform the dhuhur and ashar prayers at the Floating Mosque. Traveler who have high mobility are allowed to qasr or cut the prayer from 4 or 3 into 2 (normaly dhuhur, ashar, and iysa have 4 rakaah; but travelers allowed to cut it into 2) and jama’ or combined two prayers within a time (dhuhur and ashar or maghrib and iysa).

Located on the edge of Jeddah beach, the Ar-Rahmah Mosque was built by certain Saudi woman who has just been inherited. Who would have thought that the mosque she built will become one of the destinations of pilgrims from Indonesia. Because it is located just above the water then the Indonesian people call it a floating mosque and until now the nickname was more popular than its official name. Building a mosque itself, if done with sincere intentions will be rewarded extraordinary, as described in the hadith narrated Jabir ibn Abdillah,

مَنْ بَنَى مَسْجِدًا لِلَّهِ كَمَفْحَصِ قَطَاةٍ أَوْ أَصْغَرَ بَنَى اللَّهُ لَهُ بَيْتًا فِى الْجَنَّةِ

“Who builds a mosque for Allah even though it is only a hole where the birds lay their eggs or smaller, then Allah awakens for him (the house) as it is in heaven.”[1]

The entrances of the mosque are lays on the beach while most of the buildings, especially those that lead to the women’s restrooms, are on the water. The entire building is supported by concrete pillars that at the time of the tide will be submerged in water until it seems to give the impression of floating on the water.

In the yard of the mosque many mukimin (migrant worker) from Indonesia that sells young dates, pomegranate, rings, or instant noodles. They had been hawking merchandise on the beach with many pavilions where pilgrims ate lunch. Even in the row of pavilions it was a lot of artisan baso of which comes from Ciamis (a region in West Java Indonesia); but for some reason now they are rarely seen.

“Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar.” The adhan dhuhur reverberated and we immediately took the ablution. After the iqomat (second adhan performed when imam decided to start the prayer), all the people from various countries stood neatly and tightly behind the imam wearing white robe with red and white kafiyeh. We all prostrated to God on the soft green carpet while the cold air conditioner blew over our backs.

After the prayer we all went back to the bus only to have an emotional event. Wahyudi who for ten days accompanied us must say goodbye because muthawwif (local guide) are not allowed by the Saudi government to enter the airport. Wahyudi delivered his farewell speech while apologizing for his shortcomings in serving us. He then embraced with some of male pilgrims. This is life, there is a time to meet and time to say good bey. Musa closed the door and we waved to Wahyudi. Along the way to the airport, the stronger the sense of homesickness.

[1] Narrated by Ibnu Majah (no. 738).  Al-Hafizh Abu Thahir said the hadith is shahih.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. iArtichokeu berkata:

    Pomegranates are so good. I wish more people sold them where I live! Still trying to grow a pomegranate tree, but I must have patience.

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    1. Ryan Mayer berkata:

      it is scarce in your state? (which state are you man? i have relatives in texas and california). then come to indonesia, i will treat you pomegranate in sha allah. we have plenty here.

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      1. iArtichokeu berkata:

        I live in California. They actually grow very well here. It’s the high environment. Some people grow them in their backyards. But you won’t see them in stores. They aren’t really in high demand. It’s a shame because they are delicious! I want to visit Indonesia one day. Beautiful place!

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      2. iArtichokeu berkata:

        right environment*

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      3. Ryan Mayer berkata:

        i heard they (californian) ever plant dates, arent they? i guess you have fertile soil there.


      4. iArtichokeu berkata:

        I haven’t seen anyone grow those! I don’t even remember ever eating those. Are they good?

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      5. Ryan Mayer berkata:

        Yeah, dates contains low calorie sugar and could help women who given birth (it help strecht the “v” and make easier for baby to come out). And a certain dates name ajwa could be elixir from poison in sha’ Allah (by consume seven pieces in the morning).


      6. iArtichokeu berkata:

        Wowwwww. You’re so informative! You must know about all kinds of foods that give health benefits!

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      7. Ryan Mayer berkata:

        hehe, ma sha’ Allah. im too far from it man. if you could, please visit thaif; there’s a lot botanical things you could gain.


      8. Ryan Mayer berkata:

        man, perhaps you can find and review this book. name “ad-daa’ wa ad-dawaa’ (symptoms&medicines) an ancient text written by doctor&scholar ibnu al qayim aljauziyah.

        i attached the link:

        hope you like it


      9. iArtichokeu berkata:

        I will check it out!

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