The Mosque is the prayer place of Islam. It refers to its Arabic name Masjid. The world has ample examples of beautiful mosques that stand as epitomes of holy shrines across the globe.
Many of these incredible houses of worship defy typical expectations about what a mosque looks like. Nontraditional minarets and experimental domes add variety, and showcase the massive potential for creativity that exists within mosque design.
Jumu’ah (in standard Arabic jum`ah; Arabic: صلاة الجمعة ṣalāt al-jum`ah, “Friday prayer”) is a congregational prayer (ṣalāt) that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon in the player of dhuhr. Each week on Friday, Muslims are required to take a bath, dress in their best clean clothes, wear and perfume. Muslims pray ordinarily five times each day according to the sun’s sky path regardless of clock time.
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it” said Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. A look at these unusual sacred places shows the truth of his words.
From Uzbekistan to Malaysia and everywhere in between, take a look at the fantastic masjids that made it onto our list.