Since taking on the Azahara estate in 2018, our priority has been to refurbish existing structures to create study and prayer spaces and install a solar electricity system. This has included transforming a ruined barn into a beautiful open-air mosque:
The original barn structure
The finished Mosque!
We have also opened out a large room in the main building to use as a Zawiya (space for dhikr, or remembrance of God), which can comfortably seat 40 people or more:
A large, shared kitchen was refurbished, and has now provided food for over 80 people at a time. We have also built a classroom with a maximum capacity of 20 and views to the Mediterranean Sea through a large double-glazed window:
The classroom being built
The classroom now in use!
And the classroom’s magnificent views!
We have also refurbished three separate accommodation buildings that can sleep up to a total of 20 people. All of the buildings now have electricity from a large solar system and back-up generator. These are as follows:
• Casa Ziryab and Casa Aisha, two semi-detached houses which each have 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, providing accommodation for 8-10 people in total
• Casa Al-Tighnari, a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in the heart of the estate, providing accommodation for up to 5 people
• Studio Ibn al-Baytar and Studio Ibn Bassal, self-contained studio apartments with full bathrooms that can each sleep 2 people
See our Rentals section for more details, or to make a reservation!
In the coming 3 years we hope to:
• Renovate existing bathrooms in the ladies’ area of the Zawiyah to provide 2 toilets, 2 showers, a wudu’ area and washbasins
• Landscape the gardens around the mosque, creating a private garden and swimming pool for ladies and children
• Landscape the field opposite the mosque to be a multi-use area for concerts, sports, workshops, and communal celebrations
• Landscape the area around the new classroom
• Create walkways and gardens throughout the land
• Provide toilets near the mosque
• Construct a carpentry workshop
• Build a processing room to make products from the land, e.g. honey, jams, tapenades, pickles, olive oil soap
• Build a bakery for local people to produce fine breads and patisseries, and to provide a space for bakery courses to be held
• Create a shop for local artisans
• Get the main swimming pool up and running
• Renovate the kitchen
• Purchase nearby houses to provide extra lodging so we can accommodate 40 people in total
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