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    A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, masjid (pl. masajid). The word "mosque" in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for Islamic worship, although there is a distinction in Arabic between the smaller, privately owned mosque and the larger, "collective" mosque (masjid jami) , which has more community and social amenities.

    The primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer. Nevertheless, mosques are known around the world nowadays for their general importance to the Muslim community as well as their demonstration of Islamic architecture. They have developed significantly from the open-air spaces that were the Quba Mosque and Masjid al-Nabawi in the seventh century. Today, most mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls. Mosques originated on the Arabian Peninsula, but now exist on all the world's inhabited continents. They are not only places for worship and prayer, but also places to learn about Islam and meet fellow believers    [more..]

    Notable Mosques in the world:

      1. Mosque of Muhammad Ali

      Location: Cairo, Egypt
      Completed: 1848
      Architectural style: Classical Ottoman
      Commissioned by: Muhammad Ali Pasha
      Capacity: 10,000
      Length: 41 metres (124 ft)
      41 metres (124 ft)
      Length (including forecourt):
      102 metres (334 ft)
      Height :
      52 metres (170 ft). (including dome)
      2    Height: 82 metres (269 ft)

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    Mosque of Muhammad Ali
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      2. Badshahi Mosque

      Location: Lahore, Pakistan
      Completed: 1673
      Style: Indo-Islamic, Mughal
      Commissioned by: Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor
      Capacity: 100,000
      Length: 84 metres (275 ft)
      25 metres (83 ft)
      Length (including forecourt):
      161 metres (528 ft)
      Height :
      4    Height: 53 metres (176 ft)

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    Badshahi Mosque
    Image by Faisal.Saeed

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      3. Hassan II Mosque

      Location: Casablanca, Morocco
      Completed: 1993
      Style: Moorish
      Commissioned by: King Hassan II
      Length: 200 metres (656 ft)
      100 metres (328 ft)
      1    Height: 210 metres (689 ft)

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    Mosque Hassan II
    Image by Catchpenny

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      4. Masjid al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque)

      Location: Mecca (Makkah), Saudi Arabia
      Completed: 638 ?
      Area: 990 acres (400 hectares)
      9    Height: 89 metres (292 ft)

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    The Greatest Mosque Al-Masjid Al-Haram , Mecca
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      5. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet)

      Location: Medina, Saudi Arabia
      Completed: 622
      10    Height: 105 metres (344 ft)

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    Al-Masjid al-Nabawi
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      6. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

      Location: Istanbul, Turkey
      Completed: 1616
      Style: Ottoman
      Commissioned by: Sultan Ahmed I
      Length: 72 metres (236 ft)
      64 metres (210 ft)

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
    Image by SaffyH

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      7. Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque

      Location: Damascus, Syria
      Completed: 1990

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    Sayida Zaynab, Damascus
    Image by Fouad GM

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