Author: Mosques From Around The World

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman

Quietly imposing from the outside, this glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign. It was in 1992, that Sultan Qaboos decided, that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. Construction commenced in 1995 and took six years and four months. The main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich and holds the world’s second largest hand-woven carpet and chandelier. A major feature of the design of the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall is that it contains 1,700,000,000 knots, weighs...

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Marree Mosque

Somehow, you tend not to connect Islam and barbecued lobster on the beach. It may come as a surprise then (or maybe not), to hear that the first Mosque in Australia was built in Marree, South Australia, around 1882 (some sources say possibly as early as 1861) by members of the Australian “Afghan” community. These “Afghans” (generally Muslims from then-British India) worked as cameldrivers and breeders in the region. At one time, the town was divided in half, with white Europeans on one side, and the poorer Aboriginals and Afghans on the other. The Mosque was constructed by camel...

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Al Saleh Mosque

The Al Saleh Mosque in Sana’a, Yemen is the largest and most modern Mosque in the capital city. The Mosque was inaugurated in November 2008, and is named after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It can hold up to 40,000 worshippers and cost nearly $60 million to build. The Mosque was built in a Yemeni architectural style and includes wooden roofs, 15 wooden doors which are 22.86 meters in height and include engraved copper patterns as well as 6 large minarets, 4 of which are 160 meters in height. It is surrounded by sprawling gardens. The Mosque combines traditional...

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Faisal Mosque

Completed in 1986, the Faisal Mosque (also known as Shah Faisal Masjid) is an exceptionally large and unique Mosque in Islamabad. Designed by a Turkish architect who won an international competition for the honor, Faisal Mosque is shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent. King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia both suggested (in 1966) and largely funded the Faisal Mosque, which is named in his honor. Ever since its conception, the Mosque has been regarded as the national Mosque of Pakistan, and as such it symbolizes the hopes and aspirations of the new nation. The architect was Vedat...

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