The Muslim Religion has been expanding in recent decades; winning new souls every single day. In their places of worship-the mosques- cleanliness, modest clothing and gender segregation are some of the fascinating practices. But these are not the only amazing facts about the faith; from the architectural styling to the sizes, some of their mosques will marvel you. Here comes the list of 5 World’s biggest Mosques.
1. Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia
Because its center serves as the heart of Islam, this mosque is the holiest place for Muslims thus called the House of God. Opened officially around 638 AD, the Mecca-based Masjid al-Haram dictates the direction which all Muslims face while praying. With a total area of 88.2 acres, it has 9, 89-meter high minarets. During the Hajj, it hosts the World’s biggest yearly congregation that makes full utility of the mosque’s capacity of carrying 4 million believers.
2. Al Masjid an-Nabawi
Also known as the Prophet’s Mosque, Masjid Nabawi is located in Medina, Saudi Arabia and was constructed and inaugurated by Prophet Muhammad of Islam and opened around 622 AD. It has 10, 100-meter high minarets, green dome and three mahrabs. It was the second mosque ever built and still remains one of the biggest Muslim houses of worship to date, only beaten by Masjid al-Haram in holiness and remains open on all days at all times. It has undergone many expansions and was the first place to receive electric lighting in the whole Arabian Peninsula in 1909. Because of links with Muhammad’s life, many pilgrims visit Masjid Nabawi during the Hajj thus fully utilizing its 1 million carrying capacity.
3. Imam Reza Shrine, Iran
Imam Reza Shrine forms one beautiful monumental structure in Razavi Khorasan Province’s capital,
Mashhad in Iran. Imam Reza, who was Sh’ite’s eight Imam died in 817 BC and this mosque was built in his honor at Sanabad. He was born in 764 AD in Medina and became infamous for his saintly and scholarly character. His ascent began when Caliph Mamun selected him as his successor after Mamun awarded him his daughter to marry. Within Imam Reza Shrine are prayer halls, a cemetery, dining halls, a university and a library. Its total capacity is around 800,000 worshipers.
4. Faisal Mosque
Also called Shah Faisal Masjid, the mosques was inaugurated in 1986 and is situated in Islamabad, Pakistan, serving as the country’s national mosque. After winning the international designing competition, a Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay received the honor and generated this mosque’s design; shaping it like an attractive Bedouin’s tent. It has four, 90-meter high minarets and has a capacity of about 350,000 worshipers. Faisal Mosque is named after Saudi Arabian King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, the major financier of its building.
5. Taj-UI-Masjid in IndiaLocated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, Taj-UI-Masjid is among the largest “houses of Allah” in Asia. Its construction was initiated by Sultan Jahan, but failed due to paucity of funds. Allama Mohammad would later see the construction through to its completion in 1971. There is a three-day annual gathering at this mosque called Aalmi Tabligh Ijtima which’s attendance includes many worshipers from allover the world. With two minarets and three domes, this mosque can hold up to 175,000 believers.