Inside the mosque, the main space houses the prayer ritual. It consists of a roofed main hall, a roofed women’s prayer hall and an open hall. The open hall and the roofed hall were planned to accommodate about 7,000 and 3,000 worshippers, respectively, while the women’s prayer hall can fit around 300. Adjacent to the main prayer area are spaces for ablution, restrooms, and storage. As for the exterior space, it consists of a large parking lot and a big garden. A fence surrounds the mosque and the garden. The fence, separating pedestrians from worshippers, interrupts the otherwise welcoming nature of a mosque. The fence makes it difficult to find the entrance. The fence was not planned by the architect, but was added after construction, probably because of the mosque’s location that is teeming with pedestrian and car traffic.
After visiting the mosque during different times of day, the intricate relationship between the sunlight and the dome became clearer. Right before sunset, different layers of shading transform the monotone, earthy color of the building. The shadows of its pillars are projected on the carpeted ground. The mosque interacts with the nature of sunlight, creating a magnificent effect. After sunset, the mosque looks particularly serene.
Large domes quietly sit on top of the front and back entrances, and are surrounded by smaller domes on the roof. The two minarets, lit up by green lights at night, stand by both sides of the mosque. The wall just outside of the prayer hall is lit up by white lights, which after sunset turn the color of the mosque’s exterior from earthy brown to yellow. The prayer rooms are very bright throughout the night. The courtyard, however, lacks lighting, and greatly contrasts with the prayer hall. This contrast serves to direct the visitors from the gardens to the interior of the prayer hall.
An ablution facility lies in the entryway of the ladies’ prayer room. Inside there is a large red carpet lined with yellow decorations. This prayer hall is significantly smaller than the men’s hall. Hanging up on the walls are shelves with Islamic books and publications. The main prayer room is also bare. The columns and ceiling are pure white, a strong contrast to the rich color of the carpet.