These Mosque not only provide the devotees spiritual satisfaction ,peace and chance to worship “THE ONE ALLAH ” but are also master piece the Muslim architecture. It refers to its Arabic name – “Masjid”. A Mosque is a place for worship for all the followers of Islam.
“Quba Mosque” is the first mosque in Islamic history and mosques have developed significantly since Quba mosque. Many mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls. Mosques all around the world are well-known for the general importance to Muslims as well as for Islamic architecture and representation of Islamic culture. Although Mosque is the place where all the Muslims of the community come together and have their prayers, Mosque can also be the place of beautiful architecture that is famous all around the world.
If you ever get a chance to visit kingdom of Saudi Arabia you must visit these beautiful mosques listed below.These mosque are worth visiting ,these mosque will mesmerize you with its beauty and architecture.
1. Masjid Al Haram | Makkah
- According to Quran, it was the first house built for humanity to worship Allah.
- Also called Grand Mosque.
- Opened in 638 AD.
- It is so huge and grand in size that its glory can be / has been seen from space (moon) too.
- Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām or the Grand Mosque surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba Shareef.(Macca). It is located in the city of Mecca and is the largest mosque in the whole world. Muslims around the world turn toward Kaaba while performing any prayer as to follow their Islamic rulings. The current structure covers an area of 356,800 square meters including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to 4 million worshipers during the Hajj period, one of the largest pilgrimage that is performed annually. In addition capacity to accommodate will increase up to 2.5 million in coming years. In 2007, the Masjid went under an extension project which is estimated to last until 2020. Late King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz planned to increase the Masjid’s capacity to 2 million with two new minarets, bringing their total to 11 minarets. The cost of the project is 10.6-billion US Dollars and after completion the mosque will house over 2.5 million worshipers. The Mataf (the circulation areas around the Kaaba for performing Tawaf ) will also see expansion and all closed spaces will be air-conditioned.
2. Masijd Al Nabawi | Al-Madinah
Al Masjid al Nabawi “Mosque of the Prophet” is a mosque built by the our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) situated in Madinah Al Munawara
- Second holiest site in Islam
- Second mosque built in history
- One of the largest mosques in the world.
- The site was originally adjacent to Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s house; he settled there after his Hijra (emigration) to Medina in 622. He shared in the heavy work of construction with his Sahabas. The original mosque was an open-air building. The basic plan of the building has been adopted in the building of other mosques throughout the world. The mosque also served as a community center, a court, and a religious school for the Muslims.
- In 1909, it became the first place in the Arabian Peninsula to be provided with electrical lights. One of the most notable features of the site is the beautiful and very attractive Green Dome over the center of the mosque, originally Hazarat Aisha’s house where the tomb of Muhammad (SAW) is located. In 1279 AD, a wooden cupola was built over the tomb which was later rebuilt and renovated multiple times in late 15th century and once in 1817. The dome was first painted green in 1837, and later became known as the Green Dome.
- It is famous for its architecture, giant umbrellas, and sliding domes.
3. Floating Mosque | Jeddah
- This modern mosque is built over the seashore , of Jeddah.
- It thus became known as the Floating Mosque. Officially, however, it is called Fatima az-Zahra Mosque, after the daughter of the Prophet (although it might also be referred to as al-Rahma Mosque, i.e. “Mercy Mosque”.
- It is one of the most visited in Jeddah by pilgrims and tourists.
4. Masjid Ayesha | Makkah
- Masjid Aisha, also known as Masjid at-Tan’eem marks the place where Ummul-Mu’mineen Aisha (May Allah be pleased with Her) went to enter into Ihram for Umrah when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) told her to do so during the farewell Hajj (Pilgrimage)
- The Mosque lies 7.5 km south from Makkah on the road to Madinah.
5. King Khaled Mosque | Riyadh
- Beautiful architecture and known as the most well-designed in Riyadh.
- Located in Umul-hamam