Al Khamis Mosque and Beit Al Qur’an Museum
Islam now infuses daily life in Bahrain and two places in particular offer fascinating insights into this world religion.
The oldest mosque in Bahrain, Al Khamis, is believed by some to date back to 692AD, less than a century after Mohammed’s revelations, though more solid evidence suggests a more likely date of the 11th century. The graceful twin minarets were built in the 15th century and evoke a sense of mystery and tranquility. The mosque is no longer in use and is open to the public. It is on Sheikh Salman Road, on the outskirts of Manama.
The Beit Al Qur’an, or House of the Koran, shelters a collection of the Holy book and ancient manuscripts featuring beautiful calligraphy, an intrinsic aspect of Islamic tradition. A place of scholarship as well as an intriguing spot for tourists, the building includes a mosque, auditorium for public functions and a school as well as the library and museum.