A Mosque is a sacred place for Muslims. It is considered to be one place where Muslims come together and pray. Mosques, generally known as Masjid, are fine examples of Islamic architecture that continue to entrance people across the globe.
There are many beautiful mosques, but there are a few whose beauties are unmatched in every possible sense. We, for that matter, have shortlisted seven such mosques that you should know about.
So, without further ado, here are those Mosques!
1. Al Haram Mosque, Macca
Situated in Saudi Arabia, Al-haram Mosque is regarded as the holiest place for Muslims. As per the holy book Qur’an, the mosque was the first house to be built for humankind to worship Allah. Apart from being the holiest of all, it is also the largest mosque in the world.
The Mosque is huge—huge enough to accommodate as many as four million people at the time of Haj, one of the biggest and most important annual worship of Muslims across the world.
If you are a cultural and religious enthusiast, the history behind the mosque will intrigue you. We strongly recommend you to study a bit about this massive example of Islamic architecture.
2. Al-Masjid an-Nawabi, Medina
Al Nawabi mosque, also known as the Prophet’s Mosque, was built by the revered Prophet Mohammad and is located in the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. For Muslims, it is the most sacred place only second to Al Haram.
The mosque is considered to be the second mosque ever to be built in Islamic history and is among the biggest mosques in the world. At the center of the mosque, there lies the tomb of the Prophet and is known as the Green Dome (Well, it is actually green in color).
3. Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Palestine
Also known as Bayt al-Muqaddas, the Al Aqsa Mosque is the third most sacrosanct site for Muslims and is essentially an Islamic shrine situated in Jerusalem, Palestine.
Muslims believe the Prophet was once transported to the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca during the Night Journey, and he prayed at the site of the former mosque until the seventeenth month following the emigration when Allah commanded him to turn to Kaaba.
4. Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
Charting on number four is Hassan II Mosque which is situated in Casablanca, Morocco. It is country’s largest mosque and the world’s seventh largest. The minaret of the mosque is the tallest in the world, standing high at 210 meters and having 60 stories topped by a laser whose light is directed towards the holy site of Mecca.
The mosque is huge and able to accommodate as many as 105,000 worshippers at a time. It is an impressively constructed example of Islamic architecture and will win your admiration quite instantly.
5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is basically a royal mosque situated in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. It is regarded as a part of the most stunning mosques in the Asia-Pacific region and is a major tourist destination of the country.
The building was finished in the year 1958 and is an epitome of modern Islamic architecture. It is constructed on a man-made lagoon situated along the banks of the Brunei River at the Kampong Ayer village.
With golden domes and marble minarets, the mosque is an incredible scene in it itself. There are lush gardens with bubbling fountains and expansive courtyards that just make it all the more beautiful.
The Mosque is a unique example of Islamic architecture amalgamating Italian and Mughal architectural styles.
6. Faisal Mosque, Islamabad
Islamabad hosts the fourth largest mosque in the world, Faisal Mosque, which is incidentally the biggest mosque in the South-east Asia region. Until the year 1993, the mosque was the biggest in the world, but then upon the expansion of other notable Mosques we have just talked about, it slipped to the number four position.
The mosque is one sight to behold. With its fine architectural brilliance, the onlooker would be left gaping at it with wonder and awe.
7. Tajul Mosque, Bhopal, India
The mosque literally means “The Crown of Mosques” and is located in Bhopal, India. Apart from being a mosque, it is a major Islamic education institution during the daytime.
The mosque is amongst the largest in Asia and is gifted with beautiful architectural implements. It features a pink façade, two 18-storeyed octagonal minarets having marble domes, three massive domes, and a majestic main hallway marked by enticing pillars and marble flooring.