Mosque Essay

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Mosque Observing the inside of a Mosque and The fesitvals of Islam Sahenaz Pirani PHL-205 July 9, 2012 Islam is monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by Quran, the text considered by its adherents to be the words of Allah. The majority of Muslims are Sunni, being 75-90% of all Muslims. The second largest sect, Shia makes up 10-20%. The most populous Muslim majority country is Indonesia home to 12.7% of the world’s Muslim followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sizable communities are also found in China, Russia and parts of Europe. Islam is the second largest and one of the fastest growing religions in the world after Christianity. A Mosque is a place where Muslims meet to worship Allah. Mosque is an important part of life for a Muslim. The word Mosque is derived from Arabic word Masjid. Back home we always called it Masjid. Mosques are usually open twenty four hours a day. There is very beautiful Mosque in countries like Pakistan, Iraq and Iran. Once a Mosque is build on a property it always remains Mosque. It cannot be torn down or can be built into anything else. Anyone can attend the Mosque. One has to follow the etiquette of the Mosque. Muslims believes that first Mosque was built by angels to worship Allah. Mankind started building them in different shapes and sizes. Mosques are built differently around the world Arab-plan or Hypostyle mosques are the earliest type of mosques, pioneered under the Umayyad Dynasty. These mosques have square or rectangular plans with an enclosed courtyard and covered prayer hall. Historically, in the warm Middle Eastern climates, the courtyard served to accommodate the large number of worshippers during Friday prayers. Most early hypostyle mosques had flat roofs on prayer halls, which required the use of numerous columns and supports. One of the most notable hypostyle

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