However this ranking pales in comparison to its other credentials.
The Mosque was built to honour the soldiers from the French Arab Community (meaning those countries colonised by the French) that perished in the First World War - sometimes called The Great War or what I prefer to term as the 'First European Tribal War" that engulfed the rest of the world. Many of them died in the Battle of Verdun (in France) in what was considered the 'greatest and the lengthiest (battle) in world history'. The battle covered less than 10 square kilometres and stretched for 10 months from February to December 1916. Over 700,000 died, or were wounded or missing in action.
|The dead at Verdun|
And recently, Sarkozy, the French President of Jewish descent banned the right of Muslim women to don the burqa and the Hijab. Sacre bleu!!
Sometime in the 1980s or 1990s (?) I attended a Conference on the Muslim Parliament of Britain in London. I heard mention that London's Regent's Park Mosque .......
You see, 'there's no such thing as a free lunch'! The British establishment regarded this as a tribute to the Muslim soldiers who died defending the Empire during the Second European Tribal War!
By the way what did we get in exchange for all the Cathedrals they constructed in Singapore and Malaya?
But there are also the little mosques - little havens of faith and peace. I took this photograph .........
This image is almost symbolic of the fate of Malay-Muslims in DAP's Penang.
Two years ago, I went on a nostalgic trip to my old haunts in Singapore and was delighted to discover that this mosque, Masjid Hussein Sulaiman, had survived the onslaught of progress and development.
As for this precious book written by Hadijah Rahmat ......
And so, while we extol the grandeur and beauty of our grand mosques, let's remember and protect the little ones.