Great Mosques Around the World

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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.

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Muslim Mosque, Beni Madhaw Kadharara at Panch Ganga Ghat by The Ganges River in Holy City of Varanasi, India
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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
The Mohammad Ali Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
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 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
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
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A mosque in Southern Vietnam
Masjid Raya Batam pyramid mosque in Indonesia.
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Masjid Raya Batam pyramid mosque in Indonesia.
Central Mosque in Bugul'ma, Tatarstan, Russia.
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Central Mosque in Bugul'ma, Tatarstan, Russia.
Mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
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Mosque in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Fatih Mosque in Istanbul.
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Fatih Mosque in Istanbul.
El Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Mosque in Grozny, Chechnya
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.
Mosque in Old Delhi, India
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.
Tokyo Mosque in Tokyo, Japan
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.
Rahmatullah Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
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.
Shrine of Sayidda Zeinab in Damascus, Syria
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.
<p>MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: A view of the minarets and domes of The Grand Mosque. </p>
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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: A view of the minarets and domes of The Grand Mosque.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM: The minaret of the Central Mosque blends into the skyline of Birmingham City as Muslims arrive for Friday prayers. </p>
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BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM: The minaret of the Central Mosque blends into the skyline of Birmingham City as Muslims arrive for Friday prayers.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: A mosque in Leyton, London, England. </p>
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: A mosque in Leyton, London, England.

<p>FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:&nbsp; The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia was one of the first mosques to be established in the region.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>KAZAN, RUSSIA:&nbsp; 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.</p>
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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.

<p>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.</p>
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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.

<p>�AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: The Ponsonby Mosque on in Ponsonby, Auckland, was built in the 1970s. Islam first came to New Zealand in the 1870s with the arrival of Muslim Chinese gold prospectors. Later waves of Muslim immigrants came from India, Eastern Europe and Fiji.</p>
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: The Ponsonby Mosque on in Ponsonby, Auckland, was built in the 1970s. Islam first came to New Zealand in the 1870s with the arrival of Muslim Chinese gold prospectors. Later waves of Muslim immigrants came from India, Eastern Europe and Fiji.

<p>�LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM: The Leeds Grand Central Mosque looms above the city's Burley area. </p>
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LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM: The Leeds Grand Central Mosque looms above the city's Burley area.

<p>MUSCAT, OMAN:&nbsp; The awe-inspiring Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman, is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. It took six years and four months to build and was finished in 2001. It can accommodate a maximum of 20,000 worshippers including a separate prayer hall for women. The Grand Mosque has the second-largest prayer carpet and chandelier in the world.</p> <p>Read more: <a href="http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/seven-priceless-experiences-in-oman-093301912.html" data-ylk="slk:Seven priceless travel experiences in Oman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Seven priceless travel experiences in Oman</a></p>
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MUSCAT, OMAN:  The awe-inspiring Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman, is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. It took six years and four months to build and was finished in 2001. It can accommodate a maximum of 20,000 worshippers including a separate prayer hall for women. The Grand Mosque has the second-largest prayer carpet and chandelier in the world.

Read more: Seven priceless travel experiences in Oman

<p>TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN: An Uzbek woman outside the Juma Mosque in Tashkent in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. The mosque was built in the 9th century after the Arab invasion of the ancient Zoroastrian Tashkent region.</p>
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TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN: An Uzbek woman outside the Juma Mosque in Tashkent in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. The mosque was built in the 9th century after the Arab invasion of the ancient Zoroastrian Tashkent region.

<p>LONDON, ENGLAND:&nbsp; The London Muslim Centre is one of the largest mosques in the United Kingdom. </p>
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LONDON, ENGLAND:  The London Muslim Centre is one of the largest mosques in the United Kingdom.

<p>MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque, known to the faithful as Masjid al-Ḥaram, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. At the centre of the Grand Mosque is the Kaaba, a cuboid-shaped building housing in its eastern corner the sacred Black Stone, which makes it the holiest site in Islam. The Quran states that Abraham and his son Ishmael raised the foundations of this holy house.</p>
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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque, known to the faithful as Masjid al-Ḥaram, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. At the centre of the Grand Mosque is the Kaaba, a cuboid-shaped building housing in its eastern corner the sacred Black Stone, which makes it the holiest site in Islam. The Quran states that Abraham and his son Ishmael raised the foundations of this holy house.

<p>ISTANBUL, TURKEY: The iconic Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is a masterpiece of Ottoman and Byzantine architectural traditions. <br><a href="http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/photos/istanbul-where-asia-and-europe-meet-slideshow/" data-ylk="slk:View more photos of Istanbul" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">View more photos of Istanbul</a>&nbsp;</p>
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: The iconic Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is a masterpiece of Ottoman and Byzantine architectural traditions.
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<p>LAHORE, PAKISTAN: Pigeons fly over the Wazir Khan Mosque in the walled city of Old Lahore in Pakistan.&nbsp; The great mosque was built by built by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, court physician to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who later rose to the status of governor. Construction began around 1634&ndash;1635 and lasted seven years.</p>
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LAHORE, PAKISTAN: Pigeons fly over the Wazir Khan Mosque in the walled city of Old Lahore in Pakistan.  The great mosque was built by built by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, court physician to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who later rose to the status of governor. Construction began around 1634–1635 and lasted seven years.

<p>ARAFAT, SAUDI ARABIA: Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers at the Nimira mosque in Arafat, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims journey to Arafat, a revered place in Islam, for the culmination of the Hajj rituals. Mount Arafat, about 70 metres high, is a granite hill to the east of the Holy City of Makkah. The pious believe that it was on Mount Arafat that Adam and Eve, separated for 200 years, recognized each other and were reunited.</p>
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ARAFAT, SAUDI ARABIA: Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers at the Nimira mosque in Arafat, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims journey to Arafat, a revered place in Islam, for the culmination of the Hajj rituals. Mount Arafat, about 70 metres high, is a granite hill to the east of the Holy City of Makkah. The pious believe that it was on Mount Arafat that Adam and Eve, separated for 200 years, recognized each other and were reunited.

<p>TACNA, PERU: A mosque in Tacna, Peru. The city is home to a large number of Pakistani families.</p>
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TACNA, PERU: A mosque in Tacna, Peru. The city is home to a large number of Pakistani families.

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