From its beginnings in Saudi Arabia, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad have gained a wide following around the world. Enjoy a visual tour of mosques around the world, from Afghanistan and China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and Egypt, to Peru, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Photographers, add your best photos of the great mosques of India to our special collection on Flickr! Muslim Mosque, Beni Madhaw Kadharara at Panch Ganga Ghat by The Ganges River in Holy City of Varanasi, India The Mohammad Ali Mosque in Cairo, Egypt A boy walks near the historic mosque of Sultan Farag Ibn Barquq, which had a decorative element from the door stolen two years ago, in old Cairo April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih A mosque in Southern Vietnam Masjid Raya Batam pyramid mosque in Indonesia. Central Mosque in Bugul'ma, Tatarstan, Russia. Mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. El Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Visitors look at the mihrab in the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain. Southern Spain is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The tower that stands next to the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is visible through palm trees. The mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Jattab, built in September 1997, is the second largest mosque in South America. Although, Colombia is predominantly a Roman Catholic country, the region around Maicao has a large Lebanese migrant population who funded and built the mosque. Maicao is a city and municipality in the Department of La Guajira, northern Republic of Colombia. It is located 76 km from Riohacha, the capital of the department and is the second largest urban center near the border with Venezuela, after the city of Cucuta. The Heart of Chechnya mosque is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny. The giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Muslims sit on the staircase of a mosque after offering their morning prayers in the old quarters of Delhi. Exterior view of the Tokyo Mosque, the construction of which was completed in 2000. After two years of renovation, the mosque replaced the old one which was originally built by Turkish refugees from the Russian Revolution and demolished in 1986. Pedestrians walk past Mosque Rahmatullah in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Mosque Rahmatullah was the only building left standing after the tsunami in Lampuuk in December 2004. The golden dome of the Shrine of Sayidda Zeinab in Damascus, Syria. The Shrine of Sayidda Zeinab is a beautiful Iranian-style mosque and shrine in southern Damascus, Syria. It attracts Shia Muslim pilgrims from Iran and around the world who care far less about its blue-tiled architecture than about its sacred shrine of Sayidda Zeinab, daughter of the Shia martyr Ali and granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad. Despite all the ongoing conflicts in Syria people go on as normal about their daily life in the capital city of Syria.
MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: A view of the minarets and domes of The Grand Mosque.
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA: One of the 1,300 mosques in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and one of the principal gateways to the Holy City of Mecca.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: The Faisal Masjid in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan. It is named after the late Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz, who financed its construction.
The State Mosque in Doha, Qatar, is now officially known as Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque. It can hold a congregation of 30,000 including separate enclosures for men and women.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The Sheikh Zayed Mosque backdropped by a clear blue sky in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Mosque, named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM: The minaret of the Central Mosque blends into the skyline of Birmingham City as Muslims arrive for Friday prayers.
PATTANI, THAILAND: Thai Muslim women pray during the special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Central Mosque of Pattani in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand. The beautiful mosque is the largest in Thailand. Pattani is one of the four provinces of Thailand where the majority of the population (88%) are Malay Muslim.
DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: An interfaith group rallies at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. It is the largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: A mosque in Leyton, London, England.
FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia was one of the first mosques to be established in the region.
KHARTOUM, SUDAN: A general view of the city center and the As Sayed Ali Mosque in Khartoum, Sudan. Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, lies at the point where both the Blue and the White Nile converge.
KAZAN, RUSSIA: The Qolsharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin in Kazan, Russia. At the time of its original construction in the 16th century, it was believed to be the oldest mosque in Europe outside Istanbul. Named after Qolsharif, a religious scholar and Imam of the Khanate of Kazan, who died in 1552 defending the mosque against Russian forces of Ivan the Terrible. It was rebuilt and inaugurated in 2005. Kazan is in Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia in the Volga Federal District.
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA: A handout photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team, shows a general view of a mosque opposite the parliament building in the Somali capital Mogadishu.