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Visit the Education City Mosque


Part of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), the mosque’s architecture offers a reflection on faith.

Education City Mosque

The Education City Mosque is housed within the Minaretein building, part of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), which is itself based on the Islamic Kulliyya or ‘place where all knowledge is sought’.  The building rests on five large columns, representing the five pillars of Islam.  The spiral building plan and multiple routes connecting school to mosque speak to the suggestion that all knowledge ultimately derives from faith.

How to get there?

  • Visitors can reach the EC Mosque by car or public transit.

Education City Mosque

Address

Georgetown Access Rd

Phone

+974 4454 6600

Website

https://www.hbku.edu.qa/en/cis

Designed by Iraqi architect and calligrapher Taha al-Hiti, the minarets feature calligraphy which remains vertical, and sweeps upward, taking the viewer’s eye heavenward in a contemplation of faith and meaning.  The mosque is supported by five pillars, each representing one of Islam’s pillars: Shahada (profession of faith), Salah (prayer), Zakat (giving alms), Sawm (fasting) and Hajj (pilgrimage).  

The Education City Mosque is a commentary on the compatibility between Islam and modernity. It is intended to invite individuals from all backgrounds.  Able to accommodate 1.800 worshippers indoors and another 500 in the courtyards, the mosque also features four streams water.  Flowing from the surrounding gardens, each stream represents wine, milk, honey and water.  The complex houses the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, which contains plants been mentioned in the Holy Qur'an, along with Qatar’s native flora. Designed to reflect Islamic art and architecture, the garden focuses on harmony, maintaining and preserving plant diversity from around the world. 

The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) is part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), one of Qatar’s premier education institutions. It has co-educational spaces which offer parity and non-hierarchical learning, focusing on knowledge and community. In 2017 QFIS won the American Architecture Prize for Educational Buildings, Cultural Architecture, and Institutional Architecture. In 2016, QFIS was nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its inaugural international prize.  In 2015, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) won the Best Religious Building prize at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore. 

Four minarets rise heavenward marked with graceful calligraphy.

Nearby attractions

Education City is home to a number of internationally recognized universities, as well as art, heritage and research centres.  Visitors can take in the splendid architecture and roam around Oxygen Park.  Bookworms can lose themselves in the Qatar National Library (QNL), while horse-lovers can get a look at living heritage at Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre.   

Useful information

Address

Georgetown Access Rd

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