The Masjid al-Haram (Sacred mosque) is one of the largest mosques in the world! It is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and can hold up to 900,000 people – that’s insane! Imagine just being one of those people.
Now what is truly sacred about this mosque is the building in the centre which is called The Kaaba (The Cube). This building is quite distinct as it is (obviously) in the shape of a cube and decorated in gold text which are arabic scripts from the Qur’an. When praying the pilgrims pray in the direction of The Kaaba, this direction you face when praying is known as Qibla. Now according to the infinite wisdom of my mum, the gold text is made of raw silk and the 5 texts on the Kaaba translates to: 1.”There’s no god but allah, Muhammed is the messenger of allah”. 2. “Allah is the Great, Powerful and Sublime”. 3. “Praise and Glory be to Allah”. 4. “Praise be to My Glorious Lord”. 5. “O, You Compassionate! O, You Benefactor”.
I’m not religious myself, but I always find it so interesting to learn and be aware of other religions and cultures around me. Because I am half Indonesian I find that it’s especially important to not just know my British history but also that of my Indonesian history and since the Indonesian side of my family are Muslim I thought what better way than to learn more about their religion, thus I ended up drawing The Masjid al-Haram.
At first I was quite stressed out trying to draw this as it was for my uncle and I knew it meant a lot to him. So this is in fact my 2nd drawing attempt. After my failed 1st attempt I decided to just relax and treat it as any other drawing and just have fun with it… and y’know what? I did! It was actually so much fun once I started drawing and stopped stressing.
Hoped this was as interesting for you as it was for me:)