Mosque, also known as masjid, is a holy place where Muslims worship all around the world. It is a place where the followers of Islam offer their prayers. Islam is the second most abundant religion in the world so mosques are also built in quite large numbers all around the world.
There are many great examples of mosques in the world. Below is the list of top 10 most popular of them:
10. Sultan Mosque – Singapore
Sultan Mosque is one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques of the world having the main structure unchanged but a few advancements in the main hall were added in 1960 and annex in 1993. It is located in Singapore in the Muscat Street at the North Bridge Road in Kampong Glam Rochor District, Singapore.
9. Badshahi Mosque – Lahore, Pakistan
Badshahi Mosque, also referred to as the Royal Mosque was commissioned by the Mughal King Aurangzeb in 1671. It is the second largest mosque in South Asia and in Pakistan after Faisal Mosque. The mosque depict the great architecture of Mughal era. Its main hall has the capacity to accommodate 55,000 worshippers. It was the largest mosque in the world for more than 300 years.
8. Taj-ul-Mosque – Bhopal, India
The literary meaning of Taj-ul-Mosque is the “Crown of Mosques”. One of the oldest mosques in Asia is situated in Bhopal, India. The mosque is equipped with beautiful and high minarets which are made of marble. The architecture of this mosque also looks like the Mughal architecture.
7. Faisal Mosque – Islamabad, Pakistan
It is the largest mosque of Pakistan and also of south Asia and the fourth largest in the world. It has been the largest mosque for almost 7 years before the extension of Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid Al-Nabwi and the Mosque of Hassan II.
6. Zahir Mosque – Kedah, Malaysia
One of the oldest and most beautiful mosque of Malaysia, Zahir Mosque was built by the son of Sultan Tajuddin Mukaram Shah, Tunku Mahmud in 1912. The design of this mosque is inspired by the Azizi Mosque in Indonesia. The five beautiful domes of the mosques are built to symbolize the 5 basic principles of Islam. The Quran reading competition is held every year in this masjid.
5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – Brunei
The beautiful mosque is situated in the capital of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan. The mosque was built in 1958 and depicts the modern Islamic architecture. It became the greatest tourists’ attraction with its beautiful golden domes and high minarets symbolizing Italian and Mughal Architecture.
4. Hassan II Mosque – Morocco
The 7th largest mosque in the world is the second largest of Morocco. With 210 meters high, the minaret of this mosque is the largest in the world. The mosque was completed in 1993 and is standing on the Atlantic Ocean which is visible from the mosque’s glass floor. The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 105,000 worshippers.
3. Masjid Al-Aqsa – Jerusalem, Palestine
Also known as Bayt al-Muqaddas, Masjid Al-Aqsa has a special place in every heart of the Muslim and it is the third holiest place in Islam. The last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) was transferred from Mecca to Masjid Al-Aqsa during the night journey. He led prayers in this masjid for 17 months and then return to Kaaba on the order of Allah.
2. Masjid Al-Nabawi – Madinah, Saudi Arabia
The masjid is also known as the Prophet’s Mosque because it was built by Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) which became the second holiest place in Islam. Green Tomb is the most prominent place where the Tomb of Holy Prophet is located. It was rebuilt multiple times in history.
1. Masjid Al-Haram – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The mosque is the largest mosque in the world where Hajj is performed annually which is the largest worship of Muslims every year. It covers the total area of 400,800 square meters and can accommodate 4 million people.