Mosque is the sacred place of worship for the Muslims and Al-Haram mosque is the biggest mosque in the world. The word “Mosque” is derived from the Arabic word “Masjid”, which is related to the concept of “prostration”. Muslims are expected to pray five times a day, preferably in a mosque at morning, midday, afternoon, sunset and evening. A “Muazzan” calls the worshippers to prayer from a tower or minaret, in the from of Azaan. The Immam of mosque leads the prayer and all the muslims offer their prayers under his leadership. All Muslims respect the mosque very much so here is the list of top ten biggest mosques in the world.

Al Haram Mosque Al-Haram Mosque also known Haram Sharief in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the holiest and biggest mosque in the world and the main destination of the Hajj pilgrimage. The mosque complex covers an area of 356,800 square meters and can accommodate up to 820,000 worshippers during the Hajj. The Masjid al-Haram (“Holy Mosque”) is the only mosque that has no qibla direction, since Muslims pray facing the Ka’ba in the central courtyard.
Mosque Al Nabawi Al-Nabawi Mosque of the Prophet, in Medina, is the second holiest and largest mosque in Islam. It is the final resting place of Muhammad(PBUH). The original mosque was built by Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) himself. Subsequent Islamic rulers greatly expanded and decorated it. The most important feature of the site is the green dome over the center of the mosque, where the tomb of Muhammad(PBUH) is located. Constructed in 1817 and painted green in 1839, it is known as the Dome of the Prophet. Early Muslim leaders Abu Bakr and Umar (Umar ibn al-Khattab) are buried in an adjacent area in the mosque.
Al Masjid Al Aqsa Al-Aqsa Masjid, commonly refers to the southern congregational mosque located in Jerusalem. The Mosque’s congregation building can accommodate about 5,000 people worshipping inside it, while the whole Al-Aqsa Mosque compound area may accommodate hundreds of thousands. During times of increased security only Muslims of a certain age are permitted to access the mosque. It is the third largest or biggest Islamic mosque.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. The mosque is classified as one of the most spectacular and most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a major tourist attraction. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is considered amongst the people of Brunei as the country’s major landmark.
The Zahir Mosque The Zahir Mosque is located in the heart of Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. The mosque was built in 1912, with the contributory efforts of Tunku Mahmud. Its official opening ceremony was held on Friday, 15 October 1915 by the late HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. The Zahir Mosque occupies an area of approximately 124,412 square feet. Its center hall measures 62 x 62 square feet. This is the one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
Taj Ul Mosque Taj-ul-Mosque in Bhopal literally translates as “The Crown of Mosques”. The most impressive structure in Bhopal is the Taj-ul-Masjid, one of the largest and most elegant Muslim mosques in India. However, the monument was never completed due to lack of money, and after a long lay-off, construction was resumed in 1971. The building really presents a spectacular sight and is worth taking a bow to.
Baiturrahman Mosque Baiturrahman Mosque represents one of the first examples of a domed mosque in Southeast Asia. Perhaps more importantly, the mosque is an architectural embodiment of the political role, Islam has played in Indonesia. Built by the Dutch in 1879 and completed in 1881. Furthermore, additions made to the mosque in 1957 were meant to symbolically link the largely separatist region of Aceh to the Republic of Indonesia. During the late 1980s, the mosque was refurbished.
Sultan Mosque Sultan Mosque is located at Muscat Street near North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam district of Rochor Planning Area in Singapore. The mosque is considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. The prayer hall and domes highlight the mosque’s star features. Sultan Mosque has stayed essentially unchanged since it was built, with only repairs carried out to the main hall in the 1960s and an annex added in 1993. It was gazetted as a national monument on 14 March 1975.
The Shah Faisal Mosque The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, is among the largest mosques in the world. It isathe state’s National Mosque. It is the most popular masjid in the Islamic world, and is renowned for both its size and its architecture covering an area of 5,000 square meters with a capacity of 300,000 worshippers. The impetus for the mosque began in 1966, and was completed in 1986, and used to house the International Islamic University.
Baitul Mukarram Baitul Mukarram is located at the heart of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. This mosque was built in the 1960s. The mosque complex was designed by architect T Abdul Hussain Thariani. The National Mosque of Bangladesh has several modern architectural features, and at the same time it preserves the traditional principles of mosques architecture. Baitul Mukarram’s resemblance to the famous Ka’abah at Mecca makes this a unique mosque in Bangladesh.
December 6, 2009 | Mohsin Ali | 16 Comments | 58 views