Mosques are the best examples of Islamic culture and traditions and if we explore the history then we have come to know that mosques have been the center of Islamic learning and excellence. Mosques are the part of Islam and Muslims where the Muslim community come together and offers their prayers five times a day. The mosques are found everywhere in the world because Muslims are spread in all over the world. Here in this special article we will explore the top ten most beautiful and prettiest mosques of the world. All the mosques are prettiest but we have collected the top ten among those in our specially created list. Let’s have a look at the Top ten most beautiful mosques of the world.
1-Al Haram Mosque (Mecca, Saudi Arabia)
The greatest mosque in the world covering the area of 400,800 square meters including indoor and outdoor spaces of prayers & worship is the most beautiful and prettiest mosque in the world. This Sacred and the grand mosque have the capacity of approximately 900,000 worshippers at a time and during the Hajj this capacity increases to 4000,000 worshipers. Having nine minarets each of 89 meters high, the prettiest Al Haram Mosque is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is very sacred mosque as it is surrounded by one of the holiest places, The Mecca. It is also very important and sacred because while performing the obligatory five time prayers, the Muslims face in the Kaaba’s direction.
2- Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Medina, Saudi Arabia)
The 2nd most beautiful and one of the largest mosque in the world is Al-Masjid al-Nabawi located in Medina (Saudi Arabia). This mosque keeps greatest important for the Muslims because it was built by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) and that’s why it is also called the Prophet’s mosque as well. After Masjid Al-Haram this mosque is the 2nd sacred and holiest mosque for the Muslims. This holiest mosque was built in 622 C. that has ten minarets having the height of 344 ft (105 meters). As far as its capacity is concerned then approximately 600,000 worshippers can accommodate at a time while this figure increases to 1,000,000 during the Hajj period. The mosque keeps one of the most important and prettiest places, The Green Dome which is located at the center of the mosque and this is the place where the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) is located.
3-Al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem, Palestine)
The 3rd holiest and very sacred mosque in the history of Islam is none other than Al-Aqsa Mosque or Bayt-al-Muqaddas located in Jerusalem, Palestine. This historical mosque has great importance for the Muslims as it keeps Islamic history because at first the Muslims used to face in the direction of Bayt-al-Muqaddas during their five times obligatory prayers. This beautiful mosque is of early Islamic architecture having four minarets each of 37 meters high. Near about 5,000 plus worshippers can perform their obligatory prayers at a time, besides that it has two large and ten smaller domes that reflect the greatest Islamic History and glory. The history tells that Al-Aqsa Mosque has been gone to various constructions in the period of various caliphs but it still exists and reminds the glory of the greatest religion Islam and Muslims.
4-Hassan II Mosque (Morocco)
The 7th largest mosque in the world and the largest of the country, Hassan II Mosque comes at number four in our countdown. Located in Casablanca, Morocco it was completed on 30 August 1993 with the total cost of 400-700 US million dollars. This one of the largest mosque in the world has the capacity of 105,000 worshippers at a time by including 25,000 indoors and 80,000 on mosque’s ground. It has one beautiful dome and one world’s tallest minaret whose height is 210 meters or 690 ft. This beautiful mosque is built in such a way that it is half on land and half on Atlantic Ocean. Besides that it is built in a very nice and classic way as its walls are made with hand crafted marbles while the roof is retractable.
5-Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (Brunei)
At number five there comes another beautiful mosque of the world Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque that is located in Brunei near Bandar Seri Begawan. This royal mosque is the best example of Islamic traditions and history as it is constructed in Islamic and Italian architectural style. Besides the place of worship for the Muslim community it is also the major tourist attraction of Brunei as well. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque was built with the total cost of approximately 7.7-9.2 US millions dollars and is located on the banks of Brunei River. Having golden domes and marble minarets, this royal mosque was completed in 1958 which presents the greatest Islamic architectural view.
6-Zahir Mosque (Kedah, Malaysia)
One of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, Zahir Mosque was built in 1912 with five large domes that represents and symbolize the five main principals of Islam. Zahir Mosque is located in Alor Setar which is the capital of Kedah, Malaysia. The design of the mosque was made by the vision of the late Sultan whose name was Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II. This beautiful mosque is very famous among the Muslim community not only in Malaysia but in across the world due to its architecture, beauty and the Islamic learning center. Every year the State’s Quran reading completion is held in the premises of this Mosque.
7-Faisal Mosque (Islamabad, Pakistan)
The most beautiful and the biggest mosque of South Asia is Faisal Mosque also known as Shah Faisal Mosque which is located in the heart of Margalla hills Islamabad, Pakistan. This 4th largest mosque in the world was the world’s largest from 1986-1993 before the completion of Hassan II Mosque and the expansion of Masjid Al-Haram. This prettiest mosque was designed by Vedat Dalokay who was the Turkish architect and with the cost of 120 million US dollars it was completed in 1986. It has the total covered area of 5,000 square meters and near about 74,000 worshippers can perform their five times prayer at a time, these figures are of its main areas while approximately 200,000 is the capacity in its adjoining grounds. This national mosque of Pakistan was named after the late Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz who was the financier and supporter of this sacred project.
8-Taj-ul Masajid (Bhopal, India)
Taj-ul Masajid comes at number eight in our list of top ten most beautiful mosque of the world. This largest mosque in India is located in Bhopal and is the major Islamic teaching center within the country. Having the Mughal architectural design it is spread an area of 400,000 square meters. It has three domes and two minarets. The construction of the mosque was started during the period of Bahadur Shah Zafar who was the Mughal Emperor but construction stopped due to the lack of funds so in 1971 its construction was resumed that was completed in 1985.
9-Badshahi Mosque (Lahore, Pakistan)
The Fifth largest Mosque of the world and the 2nd largest in Pakistan is none other than Badshahi Mosque that is located in Lahore, Pakistan. This beautiful Badshahi or Royal Mosque represents the optimizing beauty of the Mughul area, that’s why it is also one of the major tourist attractions in Pakistan. It was completed in 1673 and Approximately 55,000 worshippers can accommodate in its main prayer hall while 95,000 is the capacity in its courtyard and porticoes. For 313 I.e. from 1673-1986 Badshahi Mosque remained as the largest mosque in the world. It has three domes and eight minarets where four are major and four are minors. The height of four major minarets is 176 ft (53.75 m).
10-Sultan Mosque (Singapore)
Located in Muscat Street in Singapore, Sultan Mosque is the 10th most beautiful mosque in the world and is the most important mosque in Singapore. Sultan Mosque has been unchanged since its completion although some improving changes have been made to the main hall and some others. Its beautiful dome presents a classical view that reflects the features of this glory mosque. After the four years work the mosque was eventually completed in 1928.