If you really want to visit Islamabad, one thing that should never be missed is the Shah Faisal Mosque. Shah Faisal Mosque is one of the biggest mosques on the planet. It can oblige more than 100000 worshipers. The mosque is pretty famous in the Muslim world because of the architecture, interior and design of the mosque. The most is located in the lap of Margalla hills which is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the capital city, Islamabad in Pakistan.
Importance and History of Shah Faisal Mosque
The architect of the mosque was Vedat Dalokay and the fund for the construction of the mosque was provided by Saudi Government hence the mosque was named on Saudi King Shah Faisal. The interior and calligraphy inside the mosque was done by Gul jee. The design of the minarets was finalized and made by Saudequain. The mosque is the point of convergence of the capital city of Islamabad. By the Shah Faisal mosque, Islamabad and ultimately Pakistan is famous in the whole world.
Visit the gardens at Shah Faisal Mosque:
The gardens of the mosque are well situated to take a wonderful view of the capital city, Islamabad. The gardens are designed according to a plan and it is wonderful to see the planned gardens. It is very refreshing to see the ordered gardens in some manner. There is a famous garden outside the mosque and it has its unique importance as it has the trees which had been planted by one of the presidents and prime ministers of the countries who visited Islamabad.
Structure of Faisal Mosque:
The shape of Shah Faisal Mosque is eight sided concrete shell. This was made as an inspiration from cubic shape of Khaana Kaaba. The mosque is surrounded by four unusual minarets. These minarets are made as inspiration from Turkish architecture and traditions.
Rules and Regulations for Visiting Mosque:
As the Shah Faisal mosque is the religious place of the Muslims so it is recommended to go inside the mosques in proper get up and you have to be careful about your clothing and dressing. Female Visitors should cover their heads and bodies with shawls or scarves as it is the requirement to enter inside the religious and sacred mosque. Otherwise they won’t allow you to enter the mosque.
You have to leave your shoes outside the entrance of the mosque. As the mosque is a peaceful and worshiping place so you have to be silent and keep your voices low when you are inside the vicinity of the mosque. Photography and Video shoot is strictly prohibited inside the mosque but you can take photos outside the mosque.
Visit Beautiful Mosque with great Architecture:
The Faisal Masjid is described as the best mosques in various literature books. The Faisal mosque is described in the book “The Kite Runner” which is written by well known writer Khalid Hosseini. Moreover, Shah Faisal Masjid is also refernced in the book of Michael Muhammad Knight. Michael Muhammad Knight was a scholar who came to Shah Faisal Masjid for the purpose and study of Islam.