“Surely the Morning Recitation is Witnessed”*
A lone Muslim prays on a Friday morning in the Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid on 2nd Cross Street, in the old Colombo area of Pettah. Designed by Saibo Lebbe in the Indo-Saracenic style, and built in 1908, the Red Mosque, as it is more commonly known, has been an enduring landmark of the city. Each of the four main pillars is hewn from a complete teak tree brought to Colombo from Puttalam. Sri Lanka, April 2016.
*From the Quran’s Chapter 17, the Sūrat Al-Isrā (The Night Journey), Verse 78