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SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE IN ISTANBUL: TURKEY

 

SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE (THE BLUE MOSQUE) IN ISTANBUL: TURKEY

 

 

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Instanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

 

It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its KΓΌlliye contains a tomb of the founder, a Madarsah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.

 

After the Peace of Zsitvatorok and the unfavorable result of the war with Persia, Sultan Ahmet the First decided to build a big mosque in Istanbul to calm God. It would be the first imperial mosque for more than forty years. While his predecessors had paid for their mosques with their spoil of war, Ahmet the First had to remove the funds of the Treasury, because he had not gained remarkable victories. It caused the anger of oulΓ©mas, the Muslim jurists. The mosque must be built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, in front of the basilica Ayasofya (at that time, the mosque the most worshipped in Istanbul) and the racecourse, a site of a big symbolic meaning. Big parts of the south shore of the mosque rest on the foundations, the vaults of the old Grand Palace

 

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has one main dome, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. The design is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighboring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect, SedefkÒr Mehmed Ağa, synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour.

 

Capacity 10,000

 

 

 

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AUBURN GALLIPOLI MOSQUE: SYDNEY AUSTRALLIA

 

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AUBURN GALLIPOLI MOSQUE: SYDNEY AUSTRALLIA

 

 

Islam in Australia is a minority religious group. According to the 2011 census, 476,291 people, or 2.2% of the total Australian population were Muslims. This made Islam the fourth largest religious grouping, after all forms of Christianity (64%), No Religion (22.9%) and Buddhism (2.5%). Demographers attribute Muslim community growth trends during the most recent census period to relatively high birth rates, and recent immigration patterns.

 

While the Australian Muslim community is defined largely by religious belonging, the Muslim community is fragmented further by being the most racially, ethnically, culturally and linguisticall diverse religious grouping in Australia, with members from every ethnic and racial background, including Aboriginal and Anglo Celtic Austraiian Muslims. Members of the Australian Muslim community thus also espouse parallel non-religious ethnic identities with related non-Muslim counterparts, either within Australia or abroad

 

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SUNSHINE MOSQUE OF VICTORIA: AUSTRALIA

 

THE SUNSHINE MOSQUE OF VICTORIA AUSTRALIA

 

The Cyprus Turkish Islamic Community of Victoria, more commonly known as the Sunshine Mosque, is an Ottoman/Turkish-style mosque in Sunshine, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The Mosque contains 17 domes, a minaret, and a courtyard.

 

In 1985, the Turkish Cypriot community in Melbourne saw the potential to build a mosque on a vacant block on Ballarat Road in Sunshine, Melbourne. Three members of the Cyprus Turkish Islamic Society offered their homes as guarantors to the Bank and became the proprietors of the lot for $191,000. Construction of the Turkish Cypriot Mosque began in 1992. The Mosque was designed to mirror the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. According to a recent calculation by the committee of the Cyprus Turkish Islamic Society, the total expenditure of the Mosque exceeds $2,500,000.

 

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UMAR MOSQUE IN AUKLAND NEW ZEALAND

 

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On the 26 June 1996, the agreement to purchase the property at 185 Stoddard Road, Mt. Roskill was signed amid a lot of criticism from some members of the community that the property was far too large for our needs and very expensive. This property was purchased at an auction for $1.5 million. The current valuation is over $4 million including the adjoining properties purchased over this period.

Masjid-e-Umar has also drawn people to live in Mt. Roskill. Mt. Roskill has the highest concentration of Muslims in New Zealand today. Real estate agents advertise properties in the Mt. Roskill area with the distinct words, β€œclose to or within waking distance of the mosque.” Numerous convenient stores, dairies, shops, supermarkets and a variety of retailers have sprung up here to serve the needs of its Muslim community.

There is a strong nostalgia during salaat times especially during the Jummah congregational prayer of the atmosphere back home where people would stream to the masjid from their homes and shops to observe their prayers. Over a thousand would attend the Jummah. The attendance at Eid prayer would be well over 1500.

 

There are 250 children benefiting from Islamic education imparted by ten teachers in the boys and girls madressa (religious classes) housed in this centre. About 20 hofaz (memorised the entire Qur’an) have graduated from this institute.

 

 

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THE PONSONBY MOSQUE: AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: The Ponsonby Mosque on in Ponsonby, Auckland, was built in the 1970s. Islam first came to New Zealand in the 1870s with the arrival of Muslim Chinese gold prospectors. Later waves of Muslim immigrants came from India, Eastern Europe and Fiji.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: The Ponsonby Mosque on in Ponsonby, Auckland, was built in the 1970s. Islam first came to New Zealand in the 1870s with the arrival of Muslim Chinese gold prospectors. Later waves of Muslim immigrants came from India, Eastern Europe and Fiji.

 

 In 1959 it purchased a house in Ponsonby, central Auckland, and converted it into the first Islamic Centre in the country. In 1960 the NZMA invited Moulana Said Musa Patel from the Gujarat to become New Zealand's first Imam. In 1967 this house was sold and another bought; in 1972 this too was sold and another acquired at 17 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. In 1979 the house on this site was removed and construction work began to build New Zealand's first real Mosque. Also in 1979 the NZMA was a founding constituent member of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), the national Muslim organisation.

Former presidents of the NZMA include Kosovo-born Mazhar Krasnigi (1975 and 1987–88) and Nazmi Mehmeti from the Republic of Macedonia (1963). The longest serving Executive Committee member between 1956 and 1981 was Hajji Avdo Musovich (1919–2001), originally from Montenegro. The current president of the Association is Imtiaz Ali and the current Secretary is Feroze Ali (no relation).

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QOL SHARIF MOSQUE OF KAZAN: RUSSIA

 

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QOL SHARIF MOSQUE OF KAZAN: RUSSIA

 

The QolşÀrif Mosque, also spelled Qol Sharif, Qol Sherif and Kol Sharif via the Tatar ΠšΠΎΠ»ΡˆΣ™Ρ€ΠΈΡ„ ΠΌΣ™Ρ‡Π΅Ρ‚Π΅, QolşÀrif mÀçete, and Kul Sharif via the Russian ΠΌΠ΅Ρ‡Π΅Ρ‚ΡŒ ΠšΡƒΠ»-Π¨Π°Ρ€ΠΈΡ„, mechet Kul-Sharif) located in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be – at the time of its construction β€” the largest mosque in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul.

 

Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazna Kremlin  in the 16th century. It was named after Qolsharif, who served there. QolşÀrif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgarita, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well. In 1552, during the storming of Kazan it was destroyed by Ivan The Terrible.

Tatar scholars speculate as to whether some elements of QolşÀrif Mosque can be seen in Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow (8 minarets, a central cupola, not typical for Russian architecture). Since 1996 the mosque has been rebuilt in Kazan Kremlin, although its look is decisively modern. Its inauguration on July 24, 2005 marked the beginning of celebrations dedicated to the Millennium of Kazan. It can accommodate 6,000 worshipers.

Several countries contributed to the fund that was set up to build QolşÀrif Mosque, namely Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. QolşÀrif is considered to be one of the most important symbols of Tatar aspirations. Nowadays the mosque predominantly serves as a museum of Islam. At the same time during the major Muslim celebrations thousands of people gather there to pray.

The QolşÀrif complex was envisioned to be an important cornerstone of Kazan's architectural landscape. Besides the main mosque building it includes a library, publishing house and Imam's office.

 

It is indeed a very Beautiful Masjid

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QOL SHARIF MOSQUE OF KAZAN KREMLIN: RUSSIA

 

The QolşÀrif Mosque, also spelled Qol Sharif,  located in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be at the time of its construction the largest mosque in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul. Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after QolşÀrif, who served there. QolşÀrif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well. In 1552, during the storming of Kazan it was destroyed by Ivan The Terrible. Tatar scholars speculate as to whether some elements of QolşÀrif Mosque can be seen in Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow 8 minarets, a central cupola, not typical for Russian architecture.

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WHITE MASJID OF BULGAR KAZAN: RUSSIA

 

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The White Mosque was officially opened on 10 June 2012 with participation of a wide public within the framework of the Bolgar Forum β€œIzge Bolgar Jiyeny”.

 

The ensemble of the White Mosque (Ak Mechet), which was erected by design of architect Sergey Shakurov, includes the buildings of a Muslim temple, a residence of the mufty, and a madrasah, which encircle the prayer square, musallah, with a fountain in its centre and encircled by an arcade of 88 snow-white columns. Owing to the open arcade, visitors do not lose visual contact with nature and archaeological excavations of the ancient Bolgar.

 

The mosque strikes with its geometric ornaments, carved decoration, elegance of interiors, and its overall stylistics. The area of the prayer hall is 180 sq. m. Two minarets of the mosque, 46.5 metres high, which were made, by proposal of Mintimer Shaimiev, the First President of Tatarstan, in the style of the minarets of the Mosque of the Prophet located in Medina, the famous place of pilgrimage of the Muslims of the world, enframe the main building of the sanctuary that is topped by the cupola with diameter of 10 metres, height of 17 metres in its interior measurement and decorated with traditional decorative elements.

 

One thousand and two hundred tonnes of marble were used for its construction. The white colour of the mosque stands for peace and purity.

 

A lake was created on the square, reflected in which is the whole White Mosque.

 

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