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    BEAUTIFUL AND LARGE MOSQUES ACROSS THE WORLD

    20- Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem

    Al-Aqsa Mosque also known as al-Aqsa, is an Islamic holy place in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site that

    includes the mosque (along with the Dome of the Rock) is also referred to as al-Haram ash-Sharif or Sacred

    oble Sanctuary, a site also known as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, the place where the

    First and Second Temples are generally accepted to have stood. Widely considered as the third holiest site in

    Islam, Muslims believe that the prophet Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to

    al-Aqsa during the Night Journey. Islamic tradition holds that Muhammad led prayers towards this site until

    the seventeenth month after the emigration, when God ordered him to turn towards the Kaaba. Al -Aqsa iscomes as twentieth largest mosque of the world. A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam.

    Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, Masjid. The mosque serves as a place where

    Muslims can come together for prayer as well as a center for information, education and dispute settlement.

    This post features top 20 largest mosques of the world, hope you will like our effort. read more after the

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    19. Masjid e Tooba (Gol Masjid), Karachi, Pakistan

    Masjid e Tooba or Tooba Mosque is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Locally, it is also known as the Gol

    Masjid. Masjid e Tooba was built in 1969 in Defense Housing Society, Karachi is nineteenth largest mosque

    in the world. It is located just off main Korangi Road. Masjid e Tooba is often claimed to be the largest

    single dome mosque in the world. It is also major tourist attraction in Karachi. Masjid e Tooba is built with

    pure white marble. The dome of the Masjid e Tooba is 72 meters (236 feet) in diameter, and is balanced on a

    low surrounding wall with no central pillars. Masjid e Tooba has a single minaret standing 70 meters high.

    The central prayer hall has a capacity of 5,000 people. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person

    speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end. This mosque was designed by Pakistani

    architect Dr Babar Hamid Chauhan.

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    18. Al Fateh Mosque (Bahrain Grand Mosque)

    The Al-Fateh Mosque also known as Al-Fateh Islamic Center & Al Fateh Grand Mosque is eighteenth of the

    largest mosques in the world, capable of accommodating over 7,000 worshippers at a time. he mosque is the

    largest place of worship in Bahrain. It is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, which is a town

    located in the capital city of Manama. The mosque very close to the Royal Bahraini Palace, the residence of

    the king of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. The huge dome built on top of the Al-Fatih Mosque is made

    of pure fiberglass.

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    17. Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul

    The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of

    the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue

    tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like

    many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as

    a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction. Sultan Ahmed Mosque is

    known as seventeenth largest mosque in the world.

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    16. Grozny Central Dome Mosque

    Akhmad Kadyrov Grozny Central Dome Mosque is located in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, and bearsthe name of Akhmad Kadyrov. The mosque design is based on the Blue Mosque in I.stanbul. On October

    16, 2008, the mosque was officially opened in a ceremony in which Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov spoke

    and was with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This mosque is one of the biggest in Europe. In this

    mosque ten thousand Muslims can pray at a time and its minarets reach 60m high and is sixteenth largest

    mosque in the world.

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    15. Baitul Futuh Mosque

    The Baitul Futuh Mosque is the largest mosque in Western Europe and fifteenth largest in the world with an

    area of 5.2 acres (21,000 m2), the mosque complex can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Built in

    2003 at a cost of approximately 5.5 million, entirely from donations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim

    Community, it is located in the south-west London suburb of Morden, next to Morden South railway station,

    150 yards from the Morden Underground.

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    14. Masjid-e-Aqsa Rabwah (Temple, as Ahmadiyya are Non-Muslims), Pakistan

    Masjid-e-Aqsa is the greatest mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The foundation stone was laid

    in 1966 and the buildings inauguration took place on March 31, 1972. The mosque is the main mosque o

    the Ahmadiyya in Rabwah for 12,000 worshipers. The design came from the mosque, Abdul Rashid, at therequest of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad should occur in one Central Mosque Rabwah. The

    blueprint was already established during his tenure, but because of the Caliph was not affected, the

    foundation will be laid. On 28 October 1966 Mirza Nasir Ahmad laid the foundation for the Masjid-e-Aqsa.

    The Friday Sermon the third Caliph 31 The mosque was opened in March 1972. Masjid-e-Aqsa is fourteenth

    largest mosque in the world.

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    13. Masjid Negara, Malaysia

    The Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur. It has a capacity of 15,000people and is situated among 13 acres (53,000 m2) of beautiful gardens. The original structure was designed

    by a three-person team from the Public Works Department UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians

    Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. Originally built in 1965, it is a bold and modern approach in

    reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia. Its key features are a

    73-metre-high minaret and an 18-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the

    tropics, is featured conspicuously the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minarets cap a

    folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof is a creative solution to achieving the larger spans

    required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound. Masjid

    Negara known as thirteenth largest mosque in the world.

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    12. Id Kah Mosque, China

    The Id Kah Mosque is a mosque located in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in the western Peoples Republic of China. Itis the largest mosque in China and twelfth largest mosque in the world . Every Friday, it houses nearly

    10,000 worshippers and may accommodate up to 20,000. The mosque was built by Saqsiz Mirza in ca. 1442

    (although it incorporated older structures dating back to 996) and covers 16,800 square meters.

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    11. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman

    In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for

    its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen at Bausher construction commenced in 1995.Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion Alawi LLC took six years and four months. The Mosque

    is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone and eleventh largest mosque in the world. The main

    musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a

    height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking

    minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosques chief visual features.

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    10. Baitul Mukarram, Bangladesh

    Baitul Mukarram is the national mosque of Bangladesh. Located at the heart of Dhaka, capital of

    Bangladesh, the mosque was founded during the 1960s. The mosque has a capacity of 30,000, giving it the

    respectable position of being the 10th biggest mosque in the world. However the mosque is constantly

    getting overcrowded. This especially occurs during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which has resulted

    in the Bangladeshi government having to add extensions to the mosque, thus increasing the capacity to atleast 40,000.

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    9. Jama Masjid, Delhi, India

    Jama Masjid, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India.Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year

    1656 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India and ninth largest mosque in the world. It lies at

    the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. The later name, Jama Masjid, is a

    reference to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done at a

    mosque, the congregational mosque. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand

    worshipers.

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    8. Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth

    largest mosque in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first

    President of the United Arab Emirates, who is also buried there. The mosque was officially opened in the

    Islamic month of Ramadan in 2007.

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    7. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

    The Badshahi Mosque or the Emperors Mosque in Lahore is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and

    South Asia and the seventh largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the

    Mughal era, it is Lahores most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction. Capable of accommodating

    10,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 100,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained

    the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the

    completion of the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Today, it remains the second largest mosque in Pakistan and

    South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world.

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    6. Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan

    The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the sixth largest

    mosque in the world. It was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 to 1993 when overtaken in size by

    the completion of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Subsequent expansions of the Masjid al-

    Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophets Mosque) in Medina, Saudi

    Arabia during the 1990s relegated Faisal Mosque to fourth place in terms of size. Faisal Mosque is

    conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan. It has a covered area of 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) and has a

    capacity to accommodate approximately 300,000 worshippers (100,000 in its main prayer hall, courtyard

    and porticoes and another 200,000 in its adjoining grounds).

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    5. The Hassan II Mosque

    Located in Casablanca is the largest mosque in Morocco and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Designed

    by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues.[1] It stands on a promontory looking out to

    the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. A further

    80,000 canbe accommodated in the mosques adjoining grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers presentat any given time at the Hassan II mosque. Its minaret is the worlds tallest at 210 m (689 ft).

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    4. Istiqlal Mosque

    Istiqlal Mosque, or Masjid Istiqlal, in Jakarta, Indonesia is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia in term of

    capacity to accommodate people. However in term of building structure and land coverage, Istiqlal is the

    largest in Southeast Asia and fourth largest in the world. This national mosque of Indonesia was build to

    commemorate Indonesian independence, as nations gratitude for Gods blessings; the independence of

    Indonesia. Therefore the national mosque of Indonesia was named Istiqlal, an Arabic word for

    Independence .

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    3. Imam Reza Shrine

    Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, Iran is a complex which contains the mausoleum of Ima-m Ridha, the eighthImam of Twelver Shiites and known as third largest mosque of the world. Also contained within the

    complex include: the Goharshad Mosque, a museum, a library, four seminaries, a cemetery, the Razavi

    University of Islamic Sciences, a dining hall for pilgrims, vast prayer halls, and other buildings.

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    2. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi

    Al-Masjid al-Nabawi Mosque of the Prophet), often called the Prophets Mosque, is a mosque situated in

    the city of Medina. As the final resting place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, it is considered the second

    holiest site in Islam by both Shia and Sunni Muslims (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca) and is

    the second largest mosque in the world.

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    1. Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca, it surrounds the Kaaba,

    the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while offering daily prayers and is Islams holiest place.

    The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque. The current structure covers an area of 4,008,020 square

    metres (990.40 acres) including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to four

    million Muslim worshippers during the Hajj period, one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the

    world.

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