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					Worlds Top 20 largest
     Mosques
       By:Khizer
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 Noble 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 Ka’aba. Al-Aqsa is comes 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 break...20 photos..
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.
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.
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.
16. Grozny Central Dome
        Mosque
• Akhmad Kadyrov Grozny Central Dome Mosque
  is located in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya,
  and bears the 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.
15. Baitul Futuh Mosque
• The Bait’ul 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.
14. Masjid-e-Aqsa Rabwah,
         Pakistan
• Masjid-e-Aqsa is the greatest mosque of the Ahmadiyya
  Muslim Community. The foundation stone was laid in
  1966 and the building’s inauguration took place on
  March 31, 1972. The mosque is the main mosque of the
  Ahmadiyya in Rabwah for 12,000 worshipers. The
  design came from the mosque, Abdul Rashid, at the
  request 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.
13. Masjid Negara, Malaysia
• The Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia, located in
  Kuala Lumpur. It has a capacity of 15,000 people 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 minaret’s 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.
12. Id Kah Mosque, China
• The Id Kah Mosque is a mosque located in
  Kashgar, Xinjiang, in the western People’s
  Republic of China. It is 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.
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 mosque’s
  chief visual features.
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 at least 40,000.
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.
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.
7. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore,
         Pakistan
• The Badshahi Mosque or the ‘Emperor’s 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 Lahore’s 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.
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
  (Prophet’s 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).
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 can be
  accommodated in the mosque’s adjoining
  grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers
  present at any given time at the Hassan II
  mosque. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210
  m (689 ft).
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 nation’s gratitude
  for God’s blessings; the independence of
  Indonesia. Therefore the national mosque of
  Indonesia was named “Istiqlal”, an Arabic word
  for “Independence”.
3. Imam Reza Shrine
• Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, Iran is a
  complex which contains the mausoleum of Ima-
  m Ridha, the eighth Imam of Twelver Shi’ites
  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.
2. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi
  Al-Masjid al-Nabawi “Mosque of the
Prophet”), often called the Prophet’s
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.
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
  Islam’s 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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