Monday, June 20, 2011

Badshahi Mosque

Badshahi Mosque: Badshah in Urdu means “king.” This was the king’s mosque. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb built this in 1671, and it’s hard to believe that it only took 2 years to complete! Badshahi Mosque (hosts 60,000 worshippers at once) is the second largest mosque in Pakistan, followed by the Faisal Mosque (hosts 95,000 worshippers at once) located in Isalamabad. The three domes of the Badshahi Mosque symbolize the three most important aspects of Islam: Allah, Prophet Muhammad, and the Holy Book of Quran. The five doors on either side symbolize the five pillars of Islam—declaration of faith, prayer, fasting, zakat (charity), and the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Finally, the four minarets guarding the mosque symbolize the four caliphates that ruled following Prophet Muhammad’s death.


  1. The photographs are beautiful. I never knew this about mosque architecture. Is this true of all mosques?

  2. Thanks, Ms. Kathryn! No, I don't think this is true for "all" mosques per se, but definitely the bigger ones. For example a local mosque may only have one dome and one minaret, which could obviously symbolize one God. But I have noticed that with bigger mosques, the three domes, 5 doorways, and four minarets are common.