Faisal Mosque Essay

305 WordsNov 10, 20112 Pages
Pakistan builds on many good things. Among other things, delicious food, wonderful sights and beautiful mosques. But there is one mosque in Pakistan which is very special. This mosque is the national mosque of Pakistan, and it has been the largest mosque in the world between 1986-1993. Today it is the fourth largest mosque in the world, but still it is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia. The name of the mosque is Faisal mosque. It has been named after the king of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Abdul Aziz. The Faisal mosque is located in Islamabad which is the capital of Pakistan. In 1966 the king of Saudi Arabia came to visit Pakistan, and he gave the government the idea and supported them to build a large national mosque. Later on in 1969 a big international competition was held for the best architect. There were 43 proposals from 17 countries. The Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay’s project was elected, after four days of deliberation. The construction of the Faisal mosque began in 1976. The government of Saudi Arabia spends 120 million dollars on the mosque, because the project was funded by them. The mosque was named after King Faisal after his assassination in 1975. In 1986 the mosque was completed and it was a role model for many people and mosques around the world. There were some Muslims who criticized the design of the mosque because it don’t consistent with the traditions and because of not having a traditional dome. The Faisal mosque was used to house the international Islamic University. The first funeral in the mosque was the general Muhamad Zia-ul-Haq (1988). It is located in the grounds of the mosque. Muhamad Zia was the sixth president of Pakistan from 1970. He died in a airplane

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