Visit Faisal Masjid from Islamabad

The Faisal Masjid is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue, putting it at the northernmost end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas. It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills. This enviable location represents the Masjid's great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night. The Faisal Masjid was conceived as the National Masjid of Pakistan and named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project. The largest Masjid in South Asia, the Faisal Masjid was the largest Masjid in the world from 1986 until 1993, when it was overtaken in size by the newly completed Hassan II Masjid in Casablanca, Morocco.

Subsequent expansions of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Masjid) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Masjid) in Medina, Saudi Arabia, during the 1990s relegated Faisal Masjid to fourth place in terms of size.The impetus for the Masjid began in 1966 when King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz supported the initiative of the Pakistani Government to build a national Masjid in Islamabad during an official visit to Pakistan. In 1969, an international competition was held in which architects from 17 countries submitted 43 proposals. The winning design was that of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay. Construction of the Masjid began in 1976 by National Construction of Pakistan, led by Azim Khan and was funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, at a cost of over 130 million Saudi riyals. King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz was instrumental in the funding, and both the Masjid and the road leading to it were named after him after his assassination in 1975. The Masjid was completed in 1986, and used to house the International Islamic University.

Many conservative Muslims criticised the design at first for its unconventional design and lack of a traditional dome structure, but most criticism ended when the completed Masjid's scale, form, and setting against the Margalla Hills became evident.The Faisal Masjid is the work of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project. The Masjid's architecture is modern and unique, lacking both the traditional domes and arches of most other Masjids around the world. Shah Faisal Masjid, also known as Faisal Masjid, located in the start of Margala hill sector E-7 Islamabad Pakistan The Masjid's unusual design is a departure from the long history of South Asian Islamic architecture, fusing contemporary lines with the more traditional look of an Arab Bedouin's tent, with its large triangular prayer hall and four minarets. However, unlike traditional masjid design, it lacks a dome. The minarets borrow their design from Turkish tradition and are thin and pencil like.

Interior of Faisal Masjid The shape of the Faisal Masjid is an eight-sided concrete shell inspired by a desert Beduoin's tent and the cubic Kaaba in Mecca, flanked by four unusual minarets inspired by Turkish architecture. The Faisal Masjid has covered area of 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft). It can accommodate 10,000 worshipers in its main prayer hall, 24,000 in its porticoes, 40,000 in its courtyard, and another 200,000 in its adjoining grounds. Although its covered main prayer hall is smaller than that of the Hassan II Masjid in Casablanca (the world's third largest Masjid), Faisal Masjid has the third largest capacity of accommodating worshipers in its adjoining grounds after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Masjid) of Mecca, the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Masjid) in Medina. Each of the Masjid's four minarets are 80 m (260 ft) high (the tallest minarets in South Asia) and measure 10 x 10 m in circumference.

Located at: Faisal Masjid, Islamabad, Pakistan
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