Musjids of the World 9

The Musjid serves as the focal point of any Muslim community and is the most important structure to Muslims.

Musjid of Amr ibn al-As radhiallahu anhu, Cairo, Egypt. Originally built in 642 CE, as the centre of the newly-founded capital of Egypt: Fustat. It was the first Musjid in Africa. The location for the Musjid was the site of the tent of the commander of the conquering army, Amr ibn al-As radhiallahu anhu. One corner of the Musjid contains the tomb of his son, Abdullah. Due to reconstruction over the centuries, nothing of the original remains, but the rebuilt Musjid is a prominent landmark in Cairo. The original layout was a simple rectangle 29m x 17m. It had columns made from palm tree trunks, stones and mud bricks, covered by a roof of wood and palm leaves. The floor was gravel. It was rebuilt in 673 by Muawiya radhiallahu anhu, who added 4 minarets.

Tooba Musjid, Karachi, Pakistan. Built in 1969 it is claimed to be the largest single dome Musjid in the world. It is built with white marble. The dome is 72m in diameter and is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars. It has a single minaret 70m high. The central prayer hall has a capacity of 5,000. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.

King Saud Musjid, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Completed in 1987, it covers 9,700m² and is the largest in Jeddah. The largest dome has a span of 20m and reaches a height of 42m. The minaret is 60m high. The layout reflects the Persian 4 Iwan designs, such as the Great Musjid of Esfahan, Iran.