Faisal Mosque is named after King Abdul Aziz
In the capital city of Islamabad, is located the Faisal mosque of Pakistan. Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay designed the beauty of Islamabad. It is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue and at the foot of Margalla Hills. It is named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz in his honor.
The initiative of the Pakistani government to build the national mosque of Pakistan in Islamabad was supported by King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz during an official visit to Pakistan in 1966. In the background of the Mosque, the Margallahills enhance the mosque’s beauty.
Faisal Mosque is decorated superbly. It symbolizes hope and aspirations for the new nation. The mausoleum of the late President Zia-ul-Haq is located adjacent to the Mosque.
The design and construction of the mosque
In 1969, Turkish Architect Vedat Dalokay won the international competition in which architects submitted proposals. He won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, for the project of Faisal Mosque.
In 1976, Azim Khan led the construction of the national mosque. The construction of the Mosque was funded by the Saudi government at a cost of approximately SR 130 million ($35 million).
The largest mosque in Pakistan was named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz in his honor. In 1986, the mosque was completed with an exceptionally distinctive and large mosque design.
The capacity of the Faisal Mosque
There is a huge capacity in Faisal Mosque. The main prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a single time and the porticoes can accommodate 24,000 and the courtyard 40,000. The adjoining grounds can also accommodate another 200,000 worshippers.
The Faisal Mosque covers an area of 54,000 square feet. The design of the Mosque lacks the dome found commonly in a masjid’s design which is modern and unique.
It gives the traditional look of an Arab Bedouin’s tent. It has four minarets and large triangular prayer halls. The minarets are thin and long, just like in the Turkish traditional culture’s design. Faisal Mosque’s shape is an eight-sided shell inspired by a desert Bedouin’s tent.
It is a sightseeing place in Islamabad
It’s not only a place of worship. The Faisal Masjid is among one of the sightseeing places of Islamabad. Winter is a better time to visit the Faisal Mosque as summers are very hot in Pakistan.
The entrance of the mosque is free and only an attendant is paid for the safety of the shoes. Non-Muslims are also allowed but requested to avoid prayer times and Friday prayer.
Although the mosque is not a picnic point families, foreigners and students are welcomed to visit. Dancing, singing and making noise inside the Mosque is suggested to be avoided. The famous and recognized icon of Islamabad is the Faisal Mosque.