Some famous Mosques I have visited

M G Singh By M G Singh, 3rd Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ona7zdn/
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Mosques are the core of Islam and visiting them is a great pleasure even for a Non-Muslim

The Centers of Islam

Islam is a great religion and like the temple for Hindus and the Church for Christians a mosque is a place of worship for all Moslems. The Arabic name for Mosque is Masjid and this is commonly used all over the world.

The mosque is the place to pray, but its importance for Moslems cannot be underestimated as a centre of Moslem thought. Most Mosques demonstrate stupendous architecture that brings out the beauty of these places of worship. There are hundreds of Mosques around the world, but I have chosen those that I have visited

Badshahi Mosque – Lahore

Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan and houses one of the most beautiful mosques In the world. This mosque is an excellent exhibition of Moslem architecture and its inherent beauty. It was built-in the seventeenth century by that great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque was thrown open to worshippers in 1673. It has the world’s largest courtyard for prayers’ and 100,000 worshippers can offer prayers here. The Mosque itself can accommodate 10,000 devotees.

The mosque was also looked after by the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh during his rule in the Punjab.

The Blue Mosque

Istanbul as we all know is a beautiful place. Sitting astride the straits of Bosphorus it joins Europe and Asia. A visit to Istanbul is never complete for a tourist without seeing the blue mosque. This mosque has a hoary past and was erected in 1616 by Sultan Ahmed, the ruler of turkey at the young age of 19. The distinctiveness of the mosque lies in 20,000 man-made ceramic blue tiles that adorn the interior of the mosque giving it a blue hue.

The mosque has distinct lamps covered with pure gold and gems and 10,000 believers can assemble here for prayers. Sultan Ahmed died after the mosque was completed and he is buried outside the Mosque.

Tippu Sultan Mosque, Calcutta

Tipu Sultan Mosque – Calcutta

One may wonder how this mosque situated in Dhartamtalla Street in Calcutta can have a name associated with Sultan Tipu who was from Mysore. The fact is that the mosque was built by the youngest son of Tipu Sultan in 1832.

It is a beautiful mosque has 16 domes and 4 minarets. The mosque is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. It is a building that can house 1000 believers for prayers. The mosque is a heritage site and is looked after by the “Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid Protection and Welfare Committee“.

AlAzhar Mosque Cairo

Al Azhar Mosque – Cairo

No visit to Cairo is complete without visiting the Sphinx and the Al-Azhar mosque. It is one of the biggest mosques in the world and also houses the oldest university in Islam. The mosque and the learning centre came up in 975 AD and that makes it over a thousand years old. The mosque is a beautiful piece of architecture and is scrupulously maintained. It incorporates Islamic art of the 10th century and a visit will bring out the glory of Islam.

Jumma masjid, Delhi

Juma Masjid – Delhi

The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā commonly referred to as the Jama Masjid is one of the oldest examples of Muslim architecture in India. The credit for its planning and construction goes to the Mughal emperor Shahjehan who also built the Taj Mahal. It was built in 1628 and is the largest mosque in India. It lies close to the red fort, making it convenient for the Mughal rulers to come and pray at this Masjid. The style of construction is similar to the Red Fort and it can house 25,000 believers for prayers. The highlight of the mosque is a copy of the Quran written on deer skin. Presently it is the temporal and religious centre for all Muslims.

Khairuddin Mosque , Amritsar

Khairuddin Mosque – Amritsar

This mosque in the heart of the Sikh Vatican was built in 1876 by Mohammad Khairuddin. This mosque has a nationalist flavor as it from this mosque that a call was given by Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari to throw the English out of India.

This grand edifice is a reminder of the freedom struggle and visitors and tourists cannot but be in awe of this. Located in a busy part of Amritsar, the Hall bazaar, the mosque is worth a visit. Its architectural beauty with carved pillars will enthrall you.

The above is just a selection and there are many more lovely mosques that can be visited

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

Absolutely gorgeous mosques. Also, good information. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

Fascinatimng, Madan. Thank you. Great star page.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment Steve

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author avatar Mikey.
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

What wonderful workmanship really beautiful.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Mikey

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Yeah - this is a great article. Years ago, I visited the blue mosque in Istanbul - and I was so in awe, I didn't want to leave. I'm not Muslim, nor am I religious, but oh, I felt God in that place.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila for sharing your experience

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article,you have brought beautiful pictures of mosques.NICE .

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author avatar Hina Afatb
8th Jan 2013 (#)

No doubt,Islam is a way of life & It is great Knowledge for us. good work.

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