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                                       20.Al-Aqsa MASJID Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa MASJID also known as BAIT UL MAQDIS,
is an Islamic holy place in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site that
includes the MASJID (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 masjid 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 MASJID 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.
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 mfb 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”.
                                             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, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

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Comment by haseeb on June 15, 2011 at 11:29am

very gd sharing

i had visited da {19 Masjid e Tooba (karachi)}. it is a great mosque. Although very low amount of people knew about it.

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