Talking about Allah
I took this picture in the Jama Masjid of Fatehpur Sikri (Hindi: फतेहपूर सिकरी, Urdu: فتحپور سیکری) which is a city located at 36 Km of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
It was the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’s reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.
This Jama Masjid (mosque) was built in the manner of Indian mosques, with liwans (aisles) around a central courtyard.
A distinguishing feature is the row of chhatris (small domed pavilions) over the sanctuary.
This grand open mosque was the model for several Mughal mosques.
Flanked by arched cloisters, its vast congregational area has monumental gateways to the east and south.
The spiritual focus of the complex is the tomb of the Sufi mystic, Salim Chishti, as popular today as it was during the time of Akbar.
Last week it was very hot and many people came there in order to enjoy the air which was blowing in those huge corridors.
It was making a real contrast with the rest of the important site which was completely empty.
This picture is for Hasan, whome I met last winter at the Jama Masjid of Delhi and who ever since sends me oftenly beautiful verses from Qur’aan or from Hadith.
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