Every religion in the world says that prayers can be done anywhere at any time. It can be said inside your house, outside it, or wherever you feel like saying it.
However, just like every other religion, the Muslims have their own place of worship which is called the Islam Mosque or simply the Mosque.
The First Mosque
The courtyard of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad, was the first Muslim Mosque in AD 622 which also became the design of many mosques worldwide and through time.
It was located in Medina, Saudi Arabia wherein its qibla wall, or the wall that faces Mecca, was the area where the prayers were recited. For this, it had a roof covering. Meanwhile, the other three walls were provided shallow arcades.
Though the Mosque is basically a place of worship, it is also a social and political center for many Islamic societies.
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The Basic Elements of a Mosque
Though the first Muslim Mosque became the design of many Mosques through time, there are certain variations with those that can be found today depending on the culture and heritage of the people in every Muslim community.
However, the most basic elements that can be found in these Islam Mosques include the
- Minaret, which is a tower rising from the Mosque that may vary in style, number, and height
- Prayer Hall, which is a bare central area for prayer where Muslims kneel, sit or bow in worship
- Prayer Rugs, which ensure that the place is clean for people to worship Allah
- Mihrab, an indentation of the Mosque that indicates the direction of the qibla
- Minbar, a platform where speeches and sermons are delivered;
- Dome, which is commonly found in Mosques in the Middle East; and the
- Shoe Rack, where the shoes of the Muslims entering the Mosque are placed.
So Here are 40 of the most beautiful Mosque Photos taken from various places around the world that we handpicked for you to enjoy.
Kazan, Qolşärif Mosque in the Kremlin by: Nightcitylights
Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque in Kuala Terengganu by: l23456789
Heart of Chechnya – Mosque, Republic of Chechnya by: CheWoLF
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi UAE by: MatusMajer
The Floating Mosque of Melacca by: airl4ngg4
Alsaleh Mosque in Sana’a (Yemen) by: 3naturesongs
Mosque in central Fethiye, Turkey by: Stevie Gill
Mosque of Muhammad Ali in Cairo, Egypt by: Asim Bharwani
Blue Mosque in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia by: Mindy McAdams
Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque in Gibraltar by: Paul Vallejo
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Bigawan by: Erwin Bolwidt
Mosque Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt by: Kan Xu
Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey by: Adam Franco
Great Mosque of Palembang, Indonesia by: DonovanDennis
Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort, Pakistan by: amnakk
Binbirdirek Mahallesi Muhtarligi Mosque, Istanbul Yurkey by: Robert Hutton
Damascus: Umayyad Mosque by: Nightcitylights
Mosque in Istanbul by: LadyVe
Sabanci Center Mosque in Adana, Turkey by: MertHakan
Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, KSA by: xxbluecrystalxx
Mosque in Macedonia by: mitatos
Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan by: ahmedwkhan
El-Hakem Mosque in Egypt by: wafa2
Ghutia Mosque in Bangladesh by: Cternetea
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman by: Garry79
Suleymaniye Mosque in Turkey by: globalunion
Al-Saleh Mosque in Yeman by: sadstar
Federal Territory Mosque in Malaysia by: ptyap
Mosque in Chechnya by: old-grozny
Mosque in Asia by: mooekzkasmooekz
Sabanci Central Mosque in Turkey by: Canankk
Iium Mosque in Malaysia by: Purple-spirit
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Malaysia by: hirza
Constantinople Mosque in Turkey by: etsap
Bali Bey Mosque in Turkey by: Michela-Riva
Yeni Valide Mosque in Turkey by: neslihans
Badshani Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan by: nozibz
Asy-Syakirin Mosque in Malaysia by: mohamadfazli
Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul by: Lutherx
Shah Faisal Mosque in Isalamabad, Pakistan by: HamidQureshi
Süleymaniye Mosque in Turkey by: globalunion
Doha State Mosque in Qatar by: GiardQatar
The Mosque is one of the distinctions of the Muslim community. And yes, how they revere their place of worship is very inspiring. Interestingly, the Muslim Mosque is not only built to indicate the presence of Muslims in an area but it is also actually used for its purpose of giving praise to Allah.