Shah Faisal Masjid, Islamabad

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    by SheZzAmin Written Dec 13, 2013

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    by Bokhari76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a mosque with a great unique design and architecture. Its very beautiful Mosque and one must see it. It is the heart of Islamabad City named after the great Saudi Emperor King Faisal Bin Saud.

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    by najamrulz Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    Faisal Mosque, Islamabad

    Shah Faisal Mosque is superbly located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This beautiful mosque was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay.

    The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously financed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.

    One of the biggest mosque in the world, it holds about 15,000 people inside, and another 85,000 in the courtyard. It is spread over 1,89,705-sq. meters with 88 meter high minarets and 40 meter high main prayer hall.

    The majestic white building comprises four 88m (288ft) minarets and a desert tent-like structure, which is the main prayer chamber.
    The central 'tent' is faced in white marble and decorated inside with mosaics and a huge spectacular chandelier.

    The complex also houses the Islamic Research Centre, library, museum, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the faculty of the Islamic University. Visitors to the mosque must leave their shoes at the door and they must be dressed appropriately in clothes which cover their body except for the hands and the head for men. Women should wear a scarf that covers their hair.

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    One of the largest mosques in the world

    by pakistanibrain Written Mar 6, 2007
    The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad

    The Faisal Masjid (Urdu for Faisal Mosque) is located very centrally in Islamabad. It is home to an Islamic library, a little museum and an Islamic school as well. From an architecural point of view it is a quite unique mosque and the inside is beautifully decorated as well.

    It is not permitted to take photographs inside the mosque and the security staff there is quite strict about that.

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    A large Arabian tent

    by besal Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Situated on the foothills of Margalla hills, Shah Faisal Mosque is one of the main attraction to see in Islamabad.

    On his visit to Islamabad in 1966, the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia gave the idea to built this mosque. An international contest in 1969 was held and several proposals were submitted, and Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay's design was chosen. Construction of the mosque began in 1976, and was funded by the government of Saudi Arabia. The mosque was completed in 1986. Late Pakistan President General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq mausoleum is also located right on the perimeter of this Mosque.

    It is one of the largest mosque in the world, with an area of over 54,000 sq. ft and has the capacity to hold 80,000 + worshippers (inside and outside inclusively). The design is the use of the traditional structure of an Arabian tent, with its large triangular prayer hall and four 290 ft. minarets. The interior of this prayer hall holds a very large chandelier and its walls are decorated with mosaics and calligraphy by the famous Pakistani artist Sadeqain.

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    by sharjeel Written Jul 26, 2006
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    Faisal Mosque is superbly located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This beautiful mosque was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay. The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously financed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan. One of the biggest mosque in the world, it holds about 15,000 people inside, and another 85,000 in the courtyard. It is spread over 1,89,705-sq. meters with 88 meter high minarets and 40 meter high main prayer hall. The majestic white building comprises four 88m (288ft) minarets and a desert tent-like structure, which is the main prayer chamber. The central 'tent' is faced in white marble and decorated inside with mosaics and a huge spectacular chandelier. The complex also houses the Islamic Research Centre, library, museum, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the faculty of the Islamic University. Visitors to the mosque must leave their shoes at the door and they must be dressed appropriately in clothes which cover their body except for the hands and the head for men. Women should wear a scarf that covers their hair.

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    by fashionapple Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Faisal Mosque, Islamabad

    Faisal Mosque is superbly located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This beautiful mosque was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay. The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously financed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.

    One of the biggest mosque in the world, it holds about 15,000 people inside, and another 85,000 in the courtyard. It is spread over 1,89,705-sq. meters with 88 meter high minarets and 40 meter high main prayer hall. The majestic white building comprises four 88m (288ft) minarets and a desert tent-like structure, which is the main prayer chamber.
    The central 'tent' is faced in white marble and decorated inside with mosaics and a huge spectacular chandelier.

    The complex also houses the Islamic Research Centre, library, museum, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the faculty of the Islamic University. Visitors to the mosque must leave their shoes at the door and they must be dressed appropriately in clothes which cover their body except for the hands and the head for men. Women should wear a scarf that covers their hair.

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  • The largest Mosque in Pakistan

    by Digi Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    The immense Faisal Mosque

    The Faisal Masjid is one of the newest and largest mosques in Pakistan. Finished in the 80's, it's the crown jewel of Pakistan's capital. All roads in Islamabad seem to lead to the mosque, which is at the northern end of Islamabad.

    The outside is a testament to the immensity of the mosque, but the true size of the mosque is not realized until one goes inside. The chandelier inside the main prayer hall was humongous, I would estimate it to be as big as a small house. The Masjid is also home to an Islamic school, and a bunch of other offices, which can be acessed from the inside.

    I've heard this mosque is the largest in the world. Whether it is or not, it definitely is one of the most beautiful, and anyone who sees it has to marvel at the size and arcitecture of it, which is different than most other Mosques of the world. It is built to resemble a large prayer tent.

    Right outside of the mosque are the remains of General Zia-ul-Haq who ruled Pakistan through the 1980's. It is a small tomb though, but I did see some Afghanis at the small tomb seemingly on a pilgrimmage to his tomb.

    Like with all other mosques, shoes are not allowed inside. There are usually guards at the enterance, and you can leave your shoes with them. Modest dress is required as well.

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  • Pride of the Capital...Shah Faisal Mosque....

    by WAHEEDASLAM Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    The mosque is situated at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This placement defines its importance, positioning it on elevated terraced land ensures its visibility during day and night for miles around. The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously defrayed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.
    The mosque at its inception was conceptualized as the national mosque of the newly formed Islamic nation and was intended to symbolize the hopes and aspiration of Pakistan. The Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay's design was selected through an international competition. It has sloping roofs, an opulent marble face and four towering minarets. The complex also houses the Islamic Research Center, library, museum, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the faculty of the Islamic University.

    Dalokay looked to modern as well as medieval Islamic design principals to arrive at a concept that best reflected the people's aspirations. During the construction of the project, Dalokay offered an explanation for his design to school students on a study tour; I tried to capture the spirit, proportion and geometry of Kaaba in a purely abstract manner. Imagine the apex of each of the four minaret as a scaled explosion of four highest corners of Kaaba Ð thus an unseen Kaaba form is bounded by the minarets at the four corners in a proportion of height to base akin to Kaaba. Now, if you join the apex of each minaret to the base of the minaret diagonally opposite to it correspondingly, a four-sided pyramid shall be bound by these lines at the base side within that invisible cube. That lower level pyramid is treated as a solid body while four minarets with their apex complete the imaginary cube of Kaaba.

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  • Shah Faisal Mosque

    by lachydragon Written Dec 8, 2002

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    The stunning Shah Faisal Mosque

    I think every Islamabad pasge has the Faisal Mosque as a must see activity! - Tends to indicate its pretty sepcial so I'll add my bit too.

    We walked there from the Abpaara District and got some great views as we approcahed the mosque, take heaps of water for the trip though - it was really hot the day we did it.

    Inside the mosque was so cooling with the Marble creating a beautiful temperature - in fact there were a few people sleeping on the forecourt when I went (a prictice which I am sure is not condoned!) On arrival you leave your shoes at the desk at the entrance and pick them up on the way out, you then enter the ablution area and climb up the staircase to the expansive forecourt. The main part of the mosque is then in the actual builing.

    The signs say photography is prohibited on the mosque but the Pakistani families visiting on the day we were there seemed to ignore the rules and insist that they have ther photo taken with Ray and I. I don't understand what the attraction was but we obliged for abou three groups and was invited to share tea with another family (which we had to decline as we had quite a lot more to see at the mosque).

    So long as you are moderte and appreciative of the Faisal Mosque as an important place for Pakistanis - you will be warmly welcomed.

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  • Faysal Mosque

    by RFemme Written Sep 8, 2002

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    It is the biggest mosque in Isloo,and is a beautiful structure to see, set amongst hills and trees. Visitors are allowed inside the mosque, but are required to remove their shoes. Women are obligated to cover their heads inside the mosque, if you do not have a head scarf, one will be provided to you, but I strongly suggest you bring along one of your own. Its locations lends it a deep sense of serenity and is an experience i quite enjoyed myself, on a spiritual level.
    Am not sure if you are allowed to take pictures inside the mosue but there are no restrcitions outside the mosquein the surrounding areas.

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  • BIGGEST MOSQUE OF PAKISTAN

    by ahmed_kharian Written Mar 9, 2012
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    BIGGEST MOSQUE OF PAKISTAN
    its indeed the most beautiful mosque of pakistan
    its architecture is so intelligently made that it totally shocked me..
    u must visit this place..

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    One of the largest Mosques in the world

    by leonik Written Nov 7, 2005

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    This mosque was built with the funds from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and one of the largest modern mosques in the world!

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    Visiting the Shah Faisal...

    by jillikins Written Sep 6, 2002

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    Visiting the Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad
    I had never been in a mosque before, and this $6,000,000 one was quite something.Well worth covering uparms and head, and removing shoes.

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    The interior of the Mosque....

    by filipdebont Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The interior of the Mosque. This mosque is probably the biggest mosque in Asia, it has room for 100.000 (HUNDRED THOUSAND) worshippers.

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