Friday, May 29, 2009

The Qibla Wall and Minbar

The Qibla wall is 23 metres high and 50 metres wide, and decorated with the 99 names (qualities) of Allah using traditional Kufi calligraphy. Worshippers face the Qibla (the Holy Ka'aba in Mecca) while praying. The Minbar (pulpit) is where the Imam delivers the sermon on Friday.


Lessie May 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

Amazing. What a wonderful idea for a wall -- for people to face when praying. Beautiful.

CH May 30, 2009 at 2:40 AM  

It could be dialectal, but I have always seen it written "minbar" and I just check the Arabic and it looks to be mim, nuun, ba, ra... so it seems that "mimbar" would be a misspelling from those who can't read the Arabic... just sayin... :-)


Hilda May 30, 2009 at 4:40 AM  

Everything is just fabulous — the wall, the pulpit and even the floor!

AbuDhabiDailyPhotograph May 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

Thanks CH. I've seen it wriiten both ways but I think you're right so I've corrected it.

Noblese May 30, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

Beautiful picture, I like the wall with the names. When praying, one would read God's names. Wonderful.

CH May 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

As an ex-TEFL teacher in the Gulf, I know how our ears can trick us on the sounds of a language. The 'mimbar' is a logical way for an English speaker to spell it because it does sound like that to us... and I can't think of any words in English that have "nb" together... off the top of my head. Ah the joys of language transliteration... :-)

I like how the "lectern" is carved to match... but it appears too flimsy a Quran, so it is probably only to hold his sermon.


AbuDhabiDailyPhotograph May 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

Interesting. A quick search on the internet listed a suprising 452 words that contain nb. Although most of them could only ever be used in a game show or scrabble: oxyphenbutazone; sanbenitos; moonbow!

m_m May 31, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

Beautiful! Great ornamentes!

CH May 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM  

Notice that your first two examples are not English: Science/Latin - Spanish and actually two words.

I love moonbow!! I tried to google up 'nb' words but couldn't get it to give me anything but NB Contractors or whatever. What do you put in the search box?

Now I'm off to see if anyone actually has seen a moonbow and took a photo. :-)


AbuDhabiDailyPhotograph May 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

"Moonbow" - has a nice ring to it. I punched "words with nb" into to google and this what came back in 0.07 seconds.

Let me know how many actual "English" words are listed (and that are usable!)

CH June 1, 2009 at 7:25 PM  

You get a bunch of cool pictures if you google moonbow pictures. I have seen the circles around the moon, but never the normal rainbow shape. Naturally there is no color at night.

As to the list, one thing jumped out at me about it. They are almost all compound words like bean-bag, corn-bread, green-back, down-beat. The majority seem to be with prefixes like in-, non-, or un-. The words that are not the two options here are unfamiliar to me like vinblastine? kanban? Without doing research, the obvious borrowings from other languages are dieffenbachia, bonbon, steenbok, renminbi?. But my favorite is unbecomingnesses. Can't wait to wow my friends with it. Ha!

But, this list certainly backs up my feeling that 'nb' is not a normal combination for standard English spelling.



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