Tuesday, May 23, 2017

When makeshift feels permanent: Mosques in Kuwait

September 4 2009

In March, the Kuwait Times reported that some Kuwaiti residents were protesting the state-ordered demolition of “makeshift mosques,” presumably constructed at a time when new mosques could not be built fast enough to keep up with the a rising population. But now these quick-fixes have become landmarks in their communities. They have been wired for electricity, have running water. “Why did the government keep silent about this mosque for more 42 years if it was illegal?” asks one concerned neighbor. He pointed out that the mosque was built at the citizens’ expense.

Jasmine Melvin-Koushki went to take a look at some of these temporary mosques. Her photos and captions are below.

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Masjid Al Albani in Sulaibiya, Kuwait. July, 2009.

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Mosque, Jahra, Kuwait. July, 2009.


The entrance to the haris’s quarters. The minaret rises in thin, corrugated splendor to carry a crescent and two megaphones — winsome in its extreme functionality.

The hand of Abu Muhammad, the Haris, opens the door to the praye
The prayer room of Masjid Al Albani, Sulaibiya.

A stern, emotional appeal at the entrance to Masjid Al-Albani re
A stern and emotional appeal at the entrance to Masjid Al-Albani reminds worshippers of the inadvisability of smoking, listening to music, and neglecting prayers. It concludes with the thought, “The door to repentance is always open,” i.e., come in and pray.

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