10 Fun facts about Faisal Mosque

We bring to you 10 fun facts about Faisal Mosque today. King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia proposed the idea of Faisal Mosque and largely funded the construction project and thus this beauty is named in his honour. The idea of mosque was proposed in 1996 and its construction was completed in 1986.this mosque became the landmark of Islamabad as soon as it was completed. This mosque shines like a moon because of its marble-made body.

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The Faisal Mosque is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills. This enviable location represents the mosque’s great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night.the architecture is modern and sleek. It also lacks the traditional spherical dome and is instead in the shape of a tent. The shape of the Faisal Mosque is an eight-sided concrete shell inspired by a desert Beduoin’s tent and the cubic Ka’ba in Mecca, flanked by four unusual minarets inspired by Turkish architecture. The architect later explained his thinking to design school students:

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Entrance is from the east, where the prayer hall is fronted by a courtyard with porticoes. The International Islamic University was housed under the main courtyard, but recently relocated to a new campus. The mosque still houses a library, lecture hall, museum and cafe.

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The interior of the main tent-shaped hall is covered in white marble and decorated with mosaics, calligraphy by the Pakistani artist Sadeqain, and a spectacular Turkish-style chandelier.

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Here are some fun facts about Faisal Mosque Islamabad;

  1. Faisal mosque is the largest mosque in the South Asia and the fourth largest mosque in the world.
  2. Built in the year 1986, it was named after the late king of Saudi Arabia
  3. Designed by a Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay of Turkey who won an international competition for the honour
  4. Faisal Mosque is shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent and functions as the national mosque of Pakistan.
  5. The prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 worshippers. (There is room for an additional 24,000 in the porticoes and 40,000 in the courtyard.)
  6. The mausoleum of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, whose 1988 funeral at the site was the largest in the history of Pakistan, is located adjacent to the mosque.
  7. The shape of the Faisal Mosque is an eight-sided concrete shell inspired by a desert Beduoin’s tent and the cubic Ka’ba in Mecca.
  8. The place where this mosque is situated is called Shaharah-e-Islamabad.
  9. The mosque can accommodate 24,000 people in the portico.
  10. Entrance to the mosque is free. You just need to pay an attendant to keep your shoes safe.

These were some fun facts you can show off in a gathering and be the smarty pants you are. And you can learn more about mosques and the most beautiful mosques in Pakistan, click on the link and read our previous article.