Sits within a five-hectare compound, masjid (another term for Islam’s place of worship) occupies the land’s 5,000 square meters, which is regarded as the country’s largest mosque.

Do not judge the book by its cover – as they say. Likewise, never make prejudices against Cotabato City through the bad publicity it frequently gets. It may have peace and security issues in the past; but as the peace process with the Moro fronts advances, the city has progressively becoming a relatively peaceful area. While these various peace efforts gained momentum, the city, meanwhile, saw the construction of its most prized jewel – the Golden Grand Mosque.

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Sits within a five-hectare compound, masjid (another term for Islam’s place of worship) occupied the land’s 5,000 square meters and regarded as the country’s largest mosque.

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Representation of the promise on peace. The mosque’s golden domes perfectly radiates as symbols of peace in these times of building back our conflict-affect communities. After all, Islam means peace.

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The minarets, which are as high as the 15-storey building, transcend the great aspiration of the Bangsamoro people for their self-determination.

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Testament of Christian-Muslim collaboration. The mosque was designed by Palafox and Associates, a well-known architectural and planning firm, and partly funded by the Sultan of Brunei – thus naming it after his honor, the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid.

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Façade of the prayer hall. The mosque can accommodate a thousand worshippers.

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It is situated near the banks of Tamontaka River. From its backyard, you can also see the Moro Gulf, the biggest gulf in the country.

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How to get there: From the Cotabato airport, ride a multi-cab jeep heading to Cotabato City proper. Ask the driver to drop you at Husky Bus Terminal intersection. After crossing a bridge, you are already near to your drop-off point. The nearest landmark to the terminal is a Petron gas station. From the terminal, ride a habal-habal (motorbike) to the mosque.

If you are coming from the city proper, ride a multi-cab jeep heading to Awang and follow the same instructions.

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