It is difficult to define Islamic art because it is not restricted to religion, time, place, single medium like painting, and construction. Islamic art is best known for its amazing calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, and textiles.
Muslims has maintained their marvelous art and culture in the domes, minarets and prayer halls of the mosques as well. Telegraph has compiled the list of top beautiful mosques in the world in which three Pakistani mosques, Faisal Mosque(Islamabad), Badshahi Mosque(Lahore) and Masjid Wazir Khan Mosque (Lahore) are included.
Following are the ten most beautiful mosques in the world according to thenewsteller.com
1. Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
Nasir ol Molk Mosque also known by the name of Pink Mosque, is located in Shiraz, Iran. It was built from 1876 to 1888 on the order of Mirza Hasan Ali (Nasir ol Molk). The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its façade, and displays other traditional elements such as Panj Kase (five concaved) design.
2. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque that was also known by the name of Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. It is famous by the name of Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616 during the era of Ahmed I.
3. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
Badshahi Mosque is located in the heart of Pakistan, Lahore. It is also known by the name of Shahi Mosque. It was built on the order of 6th Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during 1671 and 1673. It is the second largest mosque in South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world.
4. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was constructed from 1996 to 2007. It is the largest mosque in UAE. It was constructed on the order of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It contains four minarets of 107 meter and 82 domes of seven different sizes.
5. Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan
Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan and is located in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. It was built on the support of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz during 1976 to 1987. It was named on the King Faisal after his assassination in 1975.
6. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi also known by the name of Prophet Mosque is the next most beautiful mosque of the world. It is the second holiest site in Islam after Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. It is the second largest mosque of the world as well and the second mosque built in the history of Islam. It was constructed in Medina in 622 CE.
7. Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Masjid al-Haram also called the Sacred Mosque and the Grant Mosque is the holiest place in Islamic world due to Kaaba. It is the largest mosque in the world situated in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. One of the five pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform Hajj pilgrimage at least one in his lifetime if able to do so, including circumambulation of the Kaaba.
8. Ubudiah Mosque, Malaysia
The Ubudiah Mosque is a Perak’s royal mosque and is located in the town of Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia. It was completed during 1973 to 1917. Ubudiah Mosque is one the list of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques. It is popular for its golden dome, and minarets creating a spellbinding sight from near and afar.
9. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific. It is a major landmark and tourist attraction of Brunei. It is named on the 30 Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddien III. It was completed during 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.
10. Masjid Sakeena tul Sughra, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan
It is the fourth most beautiful mosque of the Pakistan and is located in Southern Punjab. It is popular for its different design and structure. This master piece is located in a small village of Kotla Reham Alo Shah, Tehsil Jatoi in the district of Muzaffargarh, Southern Punjab, Pakistan.