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Sunehri Masjid (Mosque) Scented Candles

Sunehri Masjid (Mosque) Scented Candles

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This collection of Authentic Imperfections comprise of ceramic vessels which have been made by hand in Hala, Sindh, which is in the South of Pakistan. These have been named imperfections because they are chipped in some places, however that is the very charm of the product and much like Pakistan, which perhaps lacks refinement but offers some much authenticity and beauty than perhaps other destinations that superficially may appear perfect. 

Story behind the Name

The Sunehri Masjid is made predominantly with red brick, hence I thought this name was very fitting of this vessel.

Our Candles 

These candles are made to order and you have a choice of which wax and scent you'd like them to be made from. They are made by me in my kitchen with a lot of love and affection as I wish to take you away to Pakistan through the collection of scents which bring back nostalgic memories of Pakistan and through which I wish to share the sensorial experience with you.

This vessel is 45cl and has a burn time of around 55 hours.

Once the candles burn out these make great keepsakes for storing other items or we can arrange a refill for you at a reduced rate of £19.99, however you would have to cover the cost of P&P to send the vessel back to us.

About Sunehri Masjid

Sunehri, which when translated can also mean Golden, can be found in home city of Peshawar. Peshawar is a small city in the province of Khyber Pakhtunwala in North West of Pakistan.

The city is home to a several historical as well as modern-era mosques, situated in almost every corner of the city. We are proud to have Mughal-era Masjids (mosques) like Masjid Mohabat Khan and Masjid Dilawar Khan, Masjid Qasim Ali Khan in Qissa Khwani Bazaar and Masjid Gunj Ali Khan, all situated inside the Walled City, which dates back to the 1600s.

During my life time the city has grown exponentially as a result more modern Islamic structures, like Masjid Zarghoni in Hayatabad, and the Sonehri Masjid in the Saddar Area, represent new efforts to build and innovate on the rich legacy of mosques in Peshawar.

Zarghoni Mosque has been recently constructed in the upscale sector of the city, construction on the Sunehri Masjid, not to be confused with the mosque of the same name in Dehli Gate, Lahore, started just before the creation of Pakistan.

This mesmerizingly large Sunehri Masjid attracts a large number of visitors, especially during the month of Ramadan. The mosque in situated near Nothia, a busy market area in the cantonment. While there is not much recorded history of the mosque available, the plaque on the inside and the imam (the man who leads the prayer and is in charge of the mosque) explain that its first brick was laid in 1942.

However, construction efforts stopped until they resumed again in 1962, and finished in 1992, taking over 50 years to complete. This is because Sunehri Masjid has been funded largely by public charities. Even today, the masjid is governed by an independent body, which relies on charities and the contribution of general public.

Today the masjid spans a total area of around 18,000 square feet & has the capacity to hold approximately 6000 worshippers at a time. Its built in a typical Mogul style with red bricks, domes, arches & pointed cupolas on top of the minarets, the tallest one being 128 feet.

The masjid has created many legacies but one that stands out is that it has created a safe space for women to pray in, which is not as common in other masjid around the city. 

Masjids are not just places of worship but public spaces which reflect the needs and attitudes of the community. They are a means to touch base with your local community and check in on everyones well being. 

Images and content taken from Youlinmagazine.

Source: The Modern Mosques of Peshawar: Sunehri (Golden) Mosque Peshawar: Hidayat Khan, Youlin Magazine, 22nd May 2020.


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