Have you ever wondered where in the world is the largest mosque? Surely, that’s an easy question—it must be in Saudi Arabia, right? Wrong, it is actually in Islamabad in Pakistan.
- The total area of the complex is 18.97 ha / 46.87 acres
- The prayer hall accommodates 100,000 worshippers
- A chandelier weighing 7.5 tons and using 1000 electric bulbs lights the main prayer hall
- It has four 280ft towering minarets
- A library, cafeteria, museum and lecture hall is also on the compound
- An Islamic university for 700 students was initially included, but was recently relocated
- It has air conditioning that uses reflective pools inside the mosque for cooling
- The visitor’s gallery is 190ft above the ground
The name of the mosque is the Shah Faisal Mosque and was named after King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who donated it as a gift to the Muslims in Pakistan back in 1976. It was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay and took five years to complete.
Guinness Books of Records
The Shah Faisal Mosque is truly the world’s largest mosque as it is presently listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Did You Know?
In England, “The Baitul Futuh Mosque” in Morden, Surrey that opened in October 2003 is the largest mosque complex in Western Europe, able to accommodate more than 10,000 worshippers.
The world’s largest hand-woven carpet covers the entire floor of the main praying hall of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (SQGM) in Muscat. It measures 70x60 meters.
The world’s tallest minaret is 650 feet tall and can be found at Morocco’s Grand Hassan II Mosque. It has a laser that beams towards Makkah Mukarramah
One of the world’s smallest mosque was built in Kazan, Russia, in memory of Tatars who were killed during the taking of Kazan by troops of Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The mosque can only accommodate 10 people at one time
So, the next time you go to your neighborhood mosque, look around and see if you can guess how many worshippers it can hold and then think of the 100,000 worshippers inside and 200,00 outside in the courtyard.
Now, that’s what you call BIG!!