Not many people are aware of the presence of the Imam Hussein Mosque in Kuwait. In fact, if you search the Internet for this establishment, you will find few pictures and even less information about it. It is often mistaken for the structure in Iraq, which has the same name. Perhaps this is because of the construction of several mosques around the city, which are often overshadowed by the popularity and grandiosity of the Grand Mosque. However, if you take the time to visit this during your trip to the Mediterranean, you will immediately fall in love with it, not only because of its peaceful ambiance, but also because of its architectural beauty.
The history of the Imam Hussein Mosque dates back to the Invasion of Kuwait, which is known internationally as the Iraq-Kuwait War. It involves Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait for almost seven months, which abruptly ended when the United States of America decided to intervene during the Gulf War. It is important to note that the mosque was built in 1986, but its construction has proven to be strong enough to withstand the intense combat between Kuwait and Iraq in 1990. In fact, it still stands today, and it’s looking to be sturdier than ever, in spite of the constant use that it’s getting from devout Muslims from around the world. It is a pity that this beautiful man-made building is not as internationally famous as other sanctuaries. On the other hand, some believe that its unpopularity can be a good thing, seeing that the original design and architectural are being preserved effectively.
Located in the Kuwait City district of Midan Hawalli, Imam Hussein Mosque is said to be the biggest Shi’a mosque in the whole country. It is famous among the local residents, and it is used as a special prayer venue for devout Muslims who want to worship at any time. In fact, this sanctuary is only closed for a few hours at night for scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Unlike other mosques, its interior is not designed with several partitions. Instead, it is built to have two large rooms, which are separate prayer halls for men and women. The larger chamber is meant for nearly five thousand male worshippers, while the smaller one has a holding capacity of only one thousand female members.
It is easy to visit the Imam Hussein Mosque by car, and residential lots and hotels, which are situated in the district of Midan Hawalli, offers rides to this sanctuary for a minimum price. Of course, if you are currently residing near this place, it is quicker to arrive at this destination by bicycle or on foot. The temple is quite large, and it is distinguishable by its tall towers and pointed tops. It is surrounded by beautiful trees and vibrant flora and fauna. While many people opt to visit the mosque by day, when there are few worshippers, this area is more magnificent at night with its string of lights and restful ambiance. Both its exterior and interior are equipped with exceptional craftsmanship and intricate detailing that shouts of Middle Eastern architecture.