First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins.
In honor of the start of Ramadan, I collected images of some of the most beautiful and astonishing masjids (masjid is the Arabic word for mosque) around the world. Photos are not mine except where noted. Enjoy!
Masjids in the Middle East
Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Al-Daleh Masjid in Sana’aa, Yemen (2008)
Masjid Mohammed Al Amin in Beirut, Lebanon
Masjid Samarra, Samarra, Iraq (851)
Sayyeda Zeinab Mosque, Damascus, SyriaMasjid Al Rahman, Aleppo, SyriaThe Umayyad Masjid in Damascus, SyriaMasjid Abu Darwish in Amman, Jordan Masjid Al Jame Al Kabir in Benghazi, LibyaAl Rehman Masjid in Baghdad, Iraq
Masjid Al Askari, Samarra, Iraq
Masjids of Europe
Qolsharif Masjid in Kazan, Russia (rebuilt 2005)
Masjids of Africa
Central Mosque, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
The Crystal Masjid in Malaysia